Deciphering XP's Task Manager
Question : I tried to use the Windows XP Task Manager program to see all the
programs running in the background on my computer, but don't know what most of
them are unless they have obvious names. Is there a way to tell?
Answer : The Windows Task Manager is great for showing you every
program or process that is open and running on your PC. For those who have
never used it, right-click on your Taskbar and select the Task Manager option.
Click the Processes tab to see what's running and how much of your computer's
memory each process is using; you can also turn off a program or process here,
If you don't want to search the Web for every unfamiliar name in the list,
several Web sites are dedicated to cataloging the information. The
ProcessLibrary site at
www.processlibrary.com is a good place to start, as you can search for
specific file names or browse a large directory. NetworkTechs (startup.networktechs.com)
is a similarly helpful site.