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svchost.exe

By cogenmaster
Mar 7, 2003
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  1. What is this windows file and why do I have three of them running in the processes section "viewed through task manager" and especially why would one of them have my processor at 100% Thanks

    amd 1700
    soyo dragon
    512 ddr
    geforce 3
    maxtor 7200
    winxp home

    P.S. I haven't the foggiest idea what a bunch of the processes that are running are. How can I save them as a jpeg so I can post them here for some assistance. Thanks once again EM
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Highlight the task manager window, press ALT + Print Screen and then open up MS paint (Start/Program Files/Accessories) and choose "paste" from the edit menu.

    Save as a JPG file, and that should give you your image!

    svchost.exe should not be using 100% of your CPU. svchost.exe deals with your system services, which many are essential for XP to fuction.. Of course, some are not.

    Check out this link for more information on services:
    http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

    For a fix, check out these links:
    http://support.microsoft.com/search...dType=ALL&maxResults=25&Titles=false&numDays=
  3. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Rick, that BlackViper link has a world of great info. Thanks.
  4. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,327

    svchost is used for some general services, multiple instances of it are normal.
  5. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 132

    Stupid

    Sometimes it amazes me at the simplest things one might over look. Thanks Rick for the paint instructions, can't believe I never thought of that. Here is what I got if for running processes, I'm thinking some of them are just wasting memory. If you know which ones are not needed please advise. Thank you. EM

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  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    I have attached a copy of your screenshot that I've highligheted. the highlighted entries are not necessary, though you may be using some of the related apps. Look them over, figure out which ones go to things you are using normally, like the Norton entries, then get rid of whatever you don't need. If in doubt, you can set the service to manual.

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