How many processes should be running?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I was wondering how many processes should be running on my computer.  This is a fairly new computer. 

Also, within the first couple minutes of the computer being booted up the number of processes increase without me opening any programs.  Is this normal or not?  It may be normal and I just had not paid attention to it before.



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Last updated August 19, 2019 Views 33,129 Applies to:


Yes there can be many processes running and these methods and tools will help you to
see and control many of them.

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To see all that is loading bootup - wait a few minutes without doing anything - then Right Click
TaskBar - Task Manager - take a look at Appplications - Processes - Services - this is a quick
reference (if you have a little box on Lower Left - Show for All Users then check that).

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A quick check to see which are loading is Method 2 there - using MSCONFIG then post a list of
those here.

Tools that should help :

Process Explorer - Free - Find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have
open, which DLLs they have loaded, and more. This uniquely powerful utility will even show
you who owns each process.

Autoruns - Free - See what programs are configured to startup automatically when your system
boots and you login. Autoruns also shows you the full list of Registry and file locations where
applications can configure auto-start settings.

Process Monitor - Free - Monitor file system, Registry, process, thread and DLL activity in

There are many excellent free tools at Sysinternals

WhatsInStartUP - Free - This utility displays the list of all applications that are loaded
automatically when Windows starts up. For each application, the following information
is displayed: Startup Type (Registry/Startup Folder), Command -Line String, Product
Name, File Version, Company Name, Location in the Registry or file system, and more.
It allows you to easily disable or delete unwanted programs that runs in your Windows

There are many excellent free tools at NirSoft

Window Watcher - Free - Do you know what's running on your computer? Maybe not. The
Window Watcher tells all, reporting every window created by every running program, whether
the window is visible or not.

Many excellent free tools and an excellent newsletter at Karenware

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - MS MVP - Windows Desktop Experience : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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