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What are the processes SQL Server VSS Writer and DeviceVM Meta Data Export Service for?

I'm cleaning up a Windows XP PC for a friend and I found 2 processes running on startup. SQL Server VSS Writer DeviceVM Meta Data Export Service What are they needed for and is it save to ...
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How can I confirm if a process is being blocked from communicating on a network?

I have a user system with a third-party vendor product that needs to communicate with the network. We're noticing symptoms that suggests that the program/process is being blocked from communicating ...
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Unknown process named 573f2a55-2573-4c9f-ad5d-9d5d-9dbcf14c9281.exe during startup

during startup of up my computer (Windows XP SP3) I had a look on the TaskManager, I noticed a process named 573f2a55-2573-4c9f-ad5d-9d5d-9dbcf14c9281.exe. It took 5600kB of memory and 0% CPU at that ...
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Hard drive dying? One CPU core runs at 50% but System Idle Process at 99%

I think I have a hard drive or video card dying in my HTPC. It's a dual core CPU and one processor is almost always at 100% usage, but processes are all nil, System Idle Process is at 99% It's a ...
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STATUS_SXS_ASSEMBLY_NOT_FOUND (0xc0150004) - Find out which DLL is unable to load?

I'm getting the 0xc0150004 error code back when a sub-process is spawned (here in a python application). I already found out that it means STATUS_SXS_ASSEMBLY_NOT_FOUND which basically means that ...
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Add or Remove Programs process name

Does anyone know what is the process name of 'Add or Remove Programs' applet? I'm using Windows XP + SP2. It hung up and I would like to kill it.
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What is a good way of detecting which process just ran an intense process?

I have a Windows XP machine that is used as a music player in the house. It is relatively old and has a single core. Periodically the music will stutter and reviewing the task manager shows a short ...
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Start, stop and restart processes without resorting to batch files

I need a GUI to start, stop, and restart processes (actually console applications). Currently I start those console apps using BAT files. It's not convenient. Here is an example of BAT file which ...
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How do I check if some one is accessing my computer from somewhere?

Here is a snap shot of my processes running on Windows XP Is there anything suspicious? How will you know if some one is accessing your computer remotely?
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217 views

How to detect why I cannot delete directory?

I cannot delete empty directory, I would like to know why. That directory did contain movie that was being played by my custom player and it might somehow be still blocking the directory. however it ...
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1answer
721 views

Why does IE8 show up as multiple processes in Task Manager?

I'm using IE8 on WinXP-SP3, and when I run IE, there are quite a few iexplore.exe entries in the TaskMgr Process List, even when I am not using multiple tabs. I am running this page in one tab ...
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In Windows XP Task Manager, shows 150+ processes running?

Almost every morning my laptop slows or stops. When I bring up task manager it usually shows something between 80 and 150 line items called Task Manager, and I have to close them down one at a time to ...
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XP memory/process limit

I've installed 4GB memory module, got more than 1 GB free RAM, however XP can't open window anymore. I knew there was a setting, we can increase a limit like thing, so I can open new things again. I ...
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Detecting which service/process starts a web-link on Windows XP

Every few minutes the computer starts the default browser (in this case Firefox 3.6) with a spam address (e.g., medicalhints dot com) which leads to a landing page filthy with advertisements. How do ...
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568 views

Killing XP Zombies

Short of rebooting the machine, how does one kill zombies in XP? I've tried TaskManager, ProcessExplorer, TaskKiller, ProcessHacker ... all of them fail. Any suggestions?
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Process description for Windows XP Home Edition

In my Windows XP Home Edition, there is no desciption for the processes in the task manager. For example, all the services seem to appear with the same-name processes "SVCHOST.EXE". But I want to ...
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635 views

We have already running windows process. How to determine what parameters it has been ran with?

For example I have a running process seen in windows task manager (.exe). I'd like to see the parameters that's been passed to the process when it was started. I do not start this proces, nor I have ...
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How can I disable or put a password on a process running in system tray?

OS: Win XP SP3 User Role: Admin I want to kind of lock a process (say bittorrent) which runs in system tray. I want that no one else who sits on my PC be able to EXIT/CLOSE that particular ...
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Is there a “deep” task manager available in Windows XP akin to Windows 7 and Vista? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager Is there a good task manager or utility for Windows XP that gives deep visibility into the processes and threads running on the ...
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Have local admin privileges on Windows XP, but getting “Error terminating process: Access is denied”. How to kill the process?

On one of the Windows XP machines I use regularly, there is a process that starts up periodically. I'd like to be able to kill the process – sometimes – because it occasionally runs when ...
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970 views

How to identify what is starting a process?

On my XP machine, a python.exe process starts every so on which takes up 100% of my CPU. I have to kill it from the task monitor.. How can one identify what this process is and how you can disable ...
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689 views

How can I find the program making a harmonica sound?

A friend has a Windows XP SP3 machine that plays a harmonica sound for about 5 seconds throughout the day at what seems to be random intervals (every couple hours). My question is how can I find the ...
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113 views

No Firefox UI if launched during boot-up

At work I'm using Windows XP SP2. What I've noticed is if I launch Firefox while Windows hasn't finished booting up, it launches the firefox.exe process but fails to launch the associated UI i.e. ...
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How can I log my hard drive activity by program?

I am using Windows XP and am looking for a utility that can tell me the percentage of hard drive activity a program is using. Basically, I'm looking for something like Task Manager and its ability ...
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3answers
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How can I change the priority of a Windows service process?

I would like to run the Windows Desktop Search indexer at below normal priority. When I try to set this via task manager, I get 'Access is denied'. Is there a way to remove whatever restrictions are ...
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How can I see which processes on Windows XP are accessing the file system?

Some process on my XP workstation is randomly clobbering performance for minutes or hours at a time with, I believe, a steady stream of hard drive access. This does not seem to correlate to processes ...