Weekend Open Forum: How many processes are running right now?

By on August 12, 2011, 8:34 PM

Not long ago, it was fairly common for power users to reference Windows' process list as if it were a barometer for the machine's speed. I can recall forum debates between members bragging about how few processes their system ran at startup, and I remember being adamant about ensuring that only essential items were running on my system. In that same vein, it was also common for folks to seek and destroy non-critical Windows services for speed gains.

In an age of hexa-core CPUs, dirt cheap RAM and flash storage, it seems those concerns have faded from enthusiasts' consideration. My relatively modest PC runs north of 100 processes daily (many of which are Chrome tabs) without breaking a sweat and I can increase or decrease that figure by 50 without noticing a difference in usable performance. How many processes are you currently running and do you pay attention to them anymore? Did you ever?




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Shawn Knight Shawn Knight said:

I'm sitting at 77 right now.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

i have 61 running right now but normally i don't pay attention to it.

Guest said:

23 proc

u dont really need more than that

Chazz said:

I have 72 processes running. I don't pay attention to it anymore. When I computer was dirt slow I used to get rid of them constantly.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Guest said:

23 proc

u dont really need more than that

Indeed. Unless you want to....ya know...do stuff.

77

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

112

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Indeed. Unless you want to....ya know...do stuff.

77

Haha +1.

bchen88c said:

118, i had 142 when i had 2 users logged on. Using 3.24 GB of RAM right now out of 6 GB (realistically 5.80). Also note that I use Intel HD Graphics (1st gen), which can take at most 1.5GB from RAM.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I can recall forum debates between members bragging about how few processes their system ran at startup,

I remember the thread you are referring to i think. I believe it was Mictlantecuhtli that had it down to 16 processes or something around there.

Guest said:

Right now I have 59 Processes running. I try to keep a Clean Machine.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

69...how fortuitous.

My primary rig is running at 0 presently

/waits for Guest to post negative five in order to show me how it's done.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Well, including the 9 tabs I have open in Chrome, i'm at 101...don't even know what half of this stuff is, lol. I know some of it is ASUS software, and some of it is skinning programs, but more than half of it is stuff that i've never seen...might need to check up on some of this. But hey, CPU is only hovering between 5 to 10 percent, and RAM around 25-30 (never reaching more than 60, and that's when I have a game going...I have a feeling most of the RAM usage is coming from the skinning programs). Still, I should probably look into some these and see what's in there that's useless.

negroplasty negroplasty said:

59 with Chrome open... I like my computer doing what I want it to.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

bchen88c said:

Also note that I use Intel HD Graphics (1st gen), which can take at most 1.5GB from RAM.

Ah, thanks for posting that. Now I know why I sit around 2GB usage. Never thought of INTEL HD Graphics using 1.5gigs. Guess my programs aren't using as much as I thought they were (i have the same amount of RAM as you....for now. Hope to replace the 2 gig card with a 4 gig in the next month or 2 to get the full 8 that this laptop can handle. Do I need that much? Probably not, but it'll make me feel better :P

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Well, right now I have 39. I could kill the printer, spool server, and jqs.exe. When I close the task manager, that would be 35.

Does this mean it's true what they say, I really don't have a life?.....

Ah, thanks for posting that. Now I know why I sit around 2GB usage. Never thought of INTEL HD Graphics using 1.5gigs.
Ever since Intel 915 graphics, which would set aside up to 244MB (?), one might guess that number would go up in concert with improved graphics. But, 1.5 GB is a truly unexpected number.....! Intel uses a set aside for graphics number which is based on available RAM. So, the fact that a large amount you've to begin with, most likely leads to this outcome. Sort of like tropical fish growing to the size appropriate to their tank.

Guest said:

Well right now 46. But its usually about 60.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Well, right now I have 39. I could kill the printer, spool server, and jqs.exe. When I close the task manager, that would be 35.

Does this mean it's true what they say, I really don't have a life?.....

Yes..

Sadly now...there can be but one outcome.

...On the bright side, It seems Chef is getting on swimmingly.

69...how fortuitous.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Yes..

Sadly now...there can be but one outcome.

I'm still confused. Should I jump off a bridge, or just download some malware.....

Guest said:

77 right now.

According to Soluto, I run 63 processes when starting.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I'm still confused. Should I jump off a bridge, or just download some malware.....

Just do what i do.

speak in ever diminishing circles until you disappear up your own mouthhole.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Just do what i do.

speak in ever diminishing circles until you disappear up your own mouthhole.

Wow, your drugs are way, way better than my drugs.....

F# F# G G F# F# G G..A C D A.......repeat...

I just felt that strangest compulsion to write down the chord progression to the verses of "White Rabbit".......

Dum dum da-da-da dum dah......Dum dum da-da-da dum dah.

(I tried to work, " one pill makes you disappear into you own mouth hole", into the melody line, but you really have to force it.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Wow, your drugs are way, way better than my drugs.....

F# F# G G F# F# G G..A C D A.......repeat...

I just felt that strangest compulsion to write down the chord progression to the verses of "White Rabbit".......

Dum dum da-da-da dum dah......Dum dum da-da-da dum dah.

(I tried to work, " one pill makes you disappear into you own mouth hole", into the melody line, but you really have to force it.

Oh great. Now I have the bass-line of White Rabbit on a loop in my head with Hendrix's Star spangled banner crashing in randomly.

Nazeem said:

108 right now. But i've seen it go up to 200 without missing a beat.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Oh great. Now I have the bass-line of White Rabbit on a loop in my head with Hendrix's Star spangled banner crashing in randomly.
You're welcome! Think nothing of it! That was the least I could do...

"Remember, what the door mouse said, "Feed your head", Feed your head"...........Clang, clang, clang..., clang, clang, clang....., clang CLANG!

(I always forget the chords to that last part, the song changes key)

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

You're welcome! Think nothing of it! That was the least I could do...

I'll say..

are you working the Les Paul, or the Gibson?

..or was it a Fender strat you had?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'll say..

are you working the Les Paul, or the Gibson?

..or was it a Fender strat you had?

Nothing so extravagant. Right now it's 3 left handed Ibanez'. (2 Acoustic electrics, the other is a "sort of" Les Paul, loosely copied (ART-100)).

I "remembered" to buy this for myself for Memorial Day; [link] Again, it was the least I could do. The onboard chorus is really cool, you can get Byrdsey sort of sounds without wrestling with a real 12 string.

I should pull out some old "Airplane" slides, to see exactly what Paul Kantner usually played. I think he was a Strat kind of guy, not sure though.

blimp01 said:

23 processes using up 490 MB on start is the best I can do. Although my computer is wide open without any anti virus right now.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Nothing so extravagant. Right now it's 3 left handed Ibanez'. (2 Acoustic electrics, the other is a "sort of" Les Paul, loosely copied (ART-100)).

I "remembered" to buy this for myself for Memorial Day; [link] Again, it was the least I could do. The onboard chorus is really cool, you can get Byrdsey sort of sounds without wrestling with a real 12 string.

I should pull out some old "Airplane" slides, to see exactly what Paul Kantner usually played. I think he was a Strat kind of guy, not sure though.

Nice! i am always envious of those of you that have...you know...talent.

Is that Birds Eye Maple? *** I just spotted Ash, unique cut that is.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Nice! i am always envious of those of you that have...you know...talent.

Is that Birds Eye Maple?

Nah man, I have to work hard just to be able to suck.

It's figured ash. That's the only model in their "Exotic Wood" series, offered off the rack left handed. http://www.ibanez.com/AcousticGuitars/Series-ew I'd commit all sorts of indiscreet acts if they'd build me one of the 12 strings.

I thought you played keyboards?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I thought you played keyboards?

Oh i do, ( i have a CME UF8) but as some one once said...some play the notes...and some make music. My dad played Guitar, acoustic/ electric and the drums. he actually has talent. I have to work awfully hard at it just to amuse myself.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I have to work awfully hard at it just to amuse myself.
That's my sole motivation. Fire up the stereo with my favorite tunes, strum along, and be thankful my cats don't judge.

I don't know how much you've kept up with musical equipment, but this floored me, "digital modeling amps" : [link]

I have that little Peavey, it'll easily to keep up with the stereo. Funny thing though, it will, on occasion crash like a computer! Wow! Oh well, you can't blame it on Windows.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Currently have 50 running.

Quinneypoo said:

I have 437 processes running, not sure why so much.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I have 437 processes running, not sure why so much.

No doubt about it, "you win"!

Guest said:

26 processes. Clean is the way to go.

Guest said:

83 processes current running

Intel Core i7 970 @ 4GHz with Corsair H80 Liquid Cooling

24GB DDR3 1600MHz Mushkin RAM

240GB OCZ Revo Drive

2 x EVGA GTX 580 3GB in SLI

Windows 7 Pro x64

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Quinneypoo said:

I have 437 processes running, not sure why so much.

Four different botnets are fighting for control of your computer.

treetops treetops said:

I pay attention to them as needed. When my computer runs slow or acts strange you better bet that's the first place I look. And with windows 7 resource monitor you can sort them by the cpu ram and network they are taking up. I know there are probably all sorts of similar tools but for a modest user its pretty damn handy.

64 processes

treetops treetops said:

I thought it said what the door man said.

Guest said:

56 processes & I only stop/disable processes that are a problem, in one way or another.

Modena said:

61 at the moment. I don't ever pay attention to it though.

Guest said:

37 with a few extra things running, have an habit of killing anything new that crops up when installing programs. Habit came from two rigs past when memory was a problem, not an issue anymore but still like it clean. Too many programs assume I want an extra process as some sort of badge for installing them, most are completely useless anyway.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I use to be a perfectionist about my processes until I got two quad-core xeons and 8GB ram four years ago running on S5000Xvn intel board.

I use to care about my Start Menu and My Document's organization until Windows Vista.

When can I stop caring about filing and cleaning my desktop items before going home?

Guest said:

i have 218 Tabs open and using 8.42GB of Ram right now and my CPU is at 30% usage

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I thought it said what the door man said.
No, the "Dormouse" is a character from "Alice in Wonderland", on which the song is loosely based (I spelled it wrong). (Also, sorry for stating the probably obvious).

Meet the "dormouse": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dormouse

Everybody hears the words to "White Rabbit" slightly differently, there really isn't a lot of clarity in the original recording. I wonder if the lyrics were included in the original liner notes. These seem about the most "rational" of what a search yielded: http://www.babaganoo.com/songs/white.html

While I typed this response, I had 38 processes running on my mighty eMachines T-5026......Yay

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

red1776 said:

Guest said:

23 proc

u dont really need more than that

Indeed. Unless you want to....ya know...do stuff.

Some people just like to watch.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

i have 218 Tabs open and using 8.42GB of Ram right now and my CPU is at 30% usage
As somebody who goes way off topic quite often, I'm not criticizing mind you, but that isn't the answer to the question. A "tab" isn't a process. It's a place where you find pornography on a computer with 218 of them open.

Some people just like to watch.
Enjoy it while you can. When you get to be my age, you're not even allowed to do that.

Guest said:

Honestly, TechSpot, this topic is no fun. This is the most boring Weekend Open Forum you have done since I started visiting your site daily. Of all the fun and interesting things in the world of computers that we could be talking about, you want to engage your readers in a debate about processes? Come on. A little effort please. This made me depressed. I'll remain depressed for another 5min at the very least. You made that happen. It's all on you.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Honestly, TechSpot, this topic is no fun. This is the most boring Weekend Open Forum you have done since I started visiting your site daily. Of all the fun and interesting things in the world of computers that we could be talking about, you want to engage your readers in a debate about processes? Come on. A little effort please. This made me depressed. I'll remain depressed for another 5min at the very least. You made that happen. It's all on you.
Agreed! This topic is almost as boring as reading your post. Now I'm depressed too.

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