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(When) is CONHOST.EXE actually necessary?

Background Last year I compiled a portable blog/web-server system that I can run from a flash-drive. It’s great and works wonderfully, especially on XP. The problem is that when it’s run in Windows ...
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Multiple instances of conhost.exe

My desktop has two instances of conhost.exe running in the background at all times. Some googling brought up a few articles, like this one, but they don't explain why I have multiple instances of ...
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What does \??\ mean in \??\C:\Windows\System32\conhost.exe?

I noticed this when trying to find an answer to this question. It seems to be exclusively associated with conhost.exe only appearing in the command-line parameters for conhost.exe Also the parameter ...
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Visual Studio 11 launches 2 conhost.exe processes

I am running Visual Studio 11 now for a while. I really like it, it has a lot of new features which makes the workdays for a (web)developer a lot easier. But when I look at process explorer, I see ...
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In CMD.exe, “start sh.exe” creates a conhost process which takes 700 MB memory

Git bash (sh.exe) otherwise takes little memory, but when started with CMD's start sh.exe command, it creates a conhost.exe process that takes 3-700 MB memory. Interestingly start cmd /k sh.exe ...
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See contents of conhost

Every now and then, various programs create conhost.exe processes on my (Windows 7 x64) computer. I know they are console windows, except the windows themselves are hidden. I don't suspect any ...