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Windows 7: How many processes should ideally be running?

20 Oct 2012   #31



Look this...I only install firefox after first use...

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21 Oct 2012   #32

W7, W8.1

silx2000, I'd believe you can get rid of dozens of services\startup items. But which can go still leaving a fast, fully functional pc? That's up to you, your skills and patience. I can't believe the amount of stuff that gets crammed into new pc's these days.

My personal opinions and basic approach:

Take it over time, be careful, have recent complete backups\images (preferably from a good 3rd party program, creating the usb\cd boot\restore tool) + create fresh windows restore points regularly, should save the day if anything goes wrong). Alternatively, do a clean windows install + only the needed drivers (can be a combination of default windows drivers + some specific stuff from the manufacturer).

I use Ccleaner as the easy way to enable\disable startup items. Process Explorer from Sysinternals is a good tool. Regarding services, set things to manual if in any doubt, choose disabled only when 111% sure about the function of a particular service. Tip: always check Dependencies.

Be careful, don't do more than 1 or 2 changes at a time, spend time reading\googling before acting, it's the alternative to staying up all night trying to undo mistakes lol
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21 Oct 2012   #33
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

100 or more processes is a lot. I run between 50 and 60 on all my systems. But I always disable all startup programs - except those that I started myself (like Rocket Dock or Sidebar - gadgets).
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21 Oct 2012   #34


WD and Whs,

you are right...

until last year all my new machines I installed a clean windows + essential drivers only, but on last 10 months my job took my time a lot, I'm very tired and for a few moments with this new asus I Thought use factory default windows until I confirm that it was not worth.

My computer routine on last 5 or 7 years was: new clean windows instalation + essential drivers + basic programs + specific programs + personal preferences(shortcuts, email client + wallpapers, etc) after this: CCleaner and defrag and after all: macrium reflect (disk image copy) saved on external drive.

normally once a year or when windows was slow or failing I always replaced instalation for image on backup, and this routine always work fine to me, except when I did hardware upgrade.

well...I just installed clean windows on this morning: 33 services running, now I will install the basic drivers. possibly no more than 50 services will running after basic drivers.
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