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Old 05-17-01, 05:58 AM
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I am running Windows 98. There are alot of programs that are running in the background system. How can I find out what these are doing and if I really need them to run all the time? Also whenever I install a new program it says to quit all programs then install. Does it mean these programs or just the ones I start up? Using CNTL-ALT-DEL gives me a list but they are abbreviated like: Gbpoll, Rnaapp, Wkcalrem, Winhlp32, etc, etc, etc. The only way I know to do it is to quit them all and see what happens to my computer and that is not the way to do it, I may lose something I need and not know how to get it back. Thanks for your help. KJH
 
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Old 05-17-01, 08:38 AM
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you only need to quit the programs "you" started up. If you start shutting down the programs in the backgroudn that windows started up you will lock up your system (possibly) and have to reboot. So they can reload.

windows need to run some of the background programs. but programs such as findfast,ezcapture,scheduler can be turned off. Others like exporure, systray and others need to remain on.

You can go into msconfig and turn off the "unimportant ones that just eat resources, but be carefull you read the discription next to each one before disableing it. Also Windows in a Nutshell or windows for dummies would be a good place to start learning what each program is for and why you system will or will not work without it.

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Old 05-18-01, 04:21 AM
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kjh, Here is a link to a site that is helpful with startup questions http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/Running_items.htm
I use a program called EndItAll instead of C,A,D because it is much faster when all programs are to be stopped for a download etc. All vital fuctions are protected and you can protect any program as needed. This is a free download and is found here http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,,0011NB,.html
 
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Old 05-18-01, 05:53 AM
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you can also check out this site for streamlining windows.

http://www.pcforrest.freeserve.co.uk...g_startups.htm
 
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