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I'm running Windows 7 and I see lots of activity when the machine is idle. How can I filter or view the tasks that are running when idle?

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When you say you 'see lots of activity', where are you looking? –  Shinrai Oct 18 '10 at 22:07
    
Lots of HDD activity. –  Ryan Peters Oct 19 '10 at 10:36

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You can try this: open the task manager (CTRL+ALT+DELETE -> Start Task Manager) or (Right-click taskbar -> Start Task Manager), click the processes tab, if you have admin privileges then click Show processes from all users at the bottom, and then just wait a few minutes (for the pc to go idle) and see which process takes up more CPU.

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Type resmon in the "search programs and files" box and hit enter, its better than task manager.

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Use What's my computer doing. It shows all programs (with details), that are accessing your hard disk or using the CPU. It's freeware.

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