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Windows XP is a complex and highly configurable operating system. The minimum set of processes it needs will vary depending on many things.
I'm looking for a place that has a list of system processes which are needed and which aren't.
It seems I give this answer all too often.
The answer I keep giving?
The processes that are needed to run windows depend entirely on the specifics of your machine, and what you do with it. What's a minimum set for me will probably not work for you, and vice versa.
The software that's running on your machine comes from several different places including:
An additional confusion is that what kind of software goes in which of those places isn't clear. Hardware drivers and support software can be either embedded in Windows, a service, or a separate start-up application. Applications and utilities can be implemented as Windows Services, or as programs that run at startup, or as programs you run manually.
It all depends, and it's all very confusing.
So my approach to winnowing down what runs on my machine is this:
Finally, another good resource is our old friend Google. Quite frequently, for any process that you find running on your machine, a quick Google search on the name of the process or filename will give you information about what the process is, and whether or not it's required.
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