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Windows 7: Have 14 svchost's running, why? & what do they mean?

26 Jul 2015   #1
klxdrt

w7 pro 32 bit w/XP virt enabled.
 
 
Have 14 svchost's running, why? & what do they mean?



Have 14 svchost's running, why? & what do they mean?

What are they controlling "above the code & hdwe?" I chk'd out the tutorials on svchost host as to what svcs I 'do not need or can stop to free up mem to no avail.

Just looking for some "guidance" like if you have BP 175/120 you have hi BP?
Or if you're going 75mph in a 50mph you're going to get a ticket.

As I'm not a tech, I may have to provide more info if required which I'll do.

Below is an image of my 14 svchost's.




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26 Jul 2015   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Each instance of svchost.exe hosts one or more system services. It is not unusual to have 14 or even more instances. What you are seeing is normal and no cause for concern.
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26 Jul 2015   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Since you have Process Explorer installed, you might want to configure it to use Virus Total. See this post.

You can change the columns shown by Process Explorer and you will see that a dozen or so copies of svchost is not unusual. The column named Command Line gives us some insight as to what each svchost process is doing.

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Also, putting the mouse over the process name should bring up a tool tip with info about what each process:

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26 Jul 2015   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just check which services are running under each instance using Task Manager. Right click svchost and choose "Go to service
" or use other tools that do the same thing.

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26 Jul 2015   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Go with UserNameIssues' advice for checking running processes against VirusTotal!
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26 Jul 2015   #6
klxdrt

w7 pro 32 bit w/XP virt enabled.
 
 

Guys,

Thanks a lot. Great info.

My wife will never get me away from my pc's, now I can spend my whole day investigating the what & why of my services. Isn't it great to be retired & on SS & medicare & in good health? [: ]= "SpongeBob Sq Pants"


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26 Jul 2015   #7
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

One more suggestion. Use Process Explorer. When you hover the mouse over tasks it shows you what the sub-processes are for that task, if any, like this:

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26 Jul 2015   #8
gregrocker

 

More about using Process Explorer as well as other steps that will go over your PC thoroughly and familiarize it more in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

Also you might want to look over these steps for a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which compile the tools and methods which work best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here.
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26 Jul 2015   #9
klxdrt

w7 pro 32 bit w/XP virt enabled.
 
 

Ztruker,

I downloaded Process Explorer (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...or=-2147217396) and played with for a short time, then my wife called me.

Also downloaded other stuff from technet.microsoft.com so I could further understand Windows & bookmarked the site.

Noticed you were a highly experienced Microsoft Tech so I included an image of another problem I'm having about not being able to minimize a window. No min button or grab handles. Is this solvable?


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26 Jul 2015   #10
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I remember this issue you posted It should be ALT+Space not Win+Space though (it was my fault, I wrote the wrong shortcut at first, but corrected later)
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