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Process Control on Windows

You’ve probably come across messages from Windows telling you that an application is no longer responding, and wondered exactly what is happening in the background on your Windows system. The egg timer icon or a little blue circle usually appear, the hard drive grinds away and you wait for what seems like an eternity for Windows to do something. When this happens, it usually indicates that Windows is performing tasks in the background. You can take a look at the list of the processes that are running on your system, but they usually have cryptic names which makes it difficult to work out exactly what is going on. However, if a program or service doesn’t run in a stable way, or you suspect that a virus or Trojan may be doing damage to your system, then you can’t avoid checking which processes are running.
In this article I will show you the most important processes that Windows runs internally, and the tasks you need to perform in order to maintain your processes and take control of your system.

Category: Basics, Issues
Issue: 2018 Issue 6 June
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Article Reference: P240



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