Programs running in the background?

By techgeek05
Dec 6, 2004
  1. Exactly as the title says. What does it mean? I'm still grey on the subject. Background meaning going into start menu, run and typing in msconfig or regedit or background meaning open windows with programs running such as Windows Media Player?
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Look in the task bar ,right side .You will see any number of items.Anti -virus,Firewall ,Spy-Bot ,etc. These are programs that are performing functions without user input.
  3. techgeek05

    techgeek05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Okay Thanks! I'm still relatively new at this that's why I ask. :)
  4. blaacksheep

    blaacksheep TS Rookie Posts: 70

    The whole purpose of Windows was to give you an operating system that would support doing more than one thing at a time. Some of us old Dos hacks used to 'multitask' with Desqview - a Dos program that would permit multi-tasking and task-switching without the overhead of running Windows 3. In Windows, you can run as many programs simultaniously as you would like - up to the limit of your machine. Everything in your system's task bar - the bar at the bottom with all the boxes in it - is running in the background (except for the one that is highlighted) and so are all the icons in your system tray (the icons by the clock). All will continue to do their appointed tasks in the background until they need user input.
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