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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, too.

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.


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