Can anybody tell me what I don't need running in the background when I'm playing CoD4. If it's in a red rectangle that means I know what it is and I know what to do with it. Thanks.
I'd say roughly half of them :/
Wow. Do you want a list? Cause ConstanceJill's right, there's a lot of them your computer can function perfectly fine without.
Mr. Pedantic;4571618Wow. Do you want a list? Cause ConstanceJill's right, there's a lot of them your computer can function perfectly fine without.
Depends on the OS. My list; I'd like to know which ones shouldn't be there too.
taskmgr.exe (obviously) acrotray.exe jusched.exe ctfmon wuauclt.exe If you really want you can turn explorer.exe off as well.
There are a few other ones, but on the whole system and minor user processes don't affect anything too much. I'm fairly certain you don't need many of the hp ones either, though I'm not sure what they are used for so I can't tell you to stop them in case it stuffs up. They don't use much RAM, they don't use that much processing time, so they don't impact on performance all that much. Probably in the list getting rid of explorer.exe and firefox are the most useful ones, when you want to turn explorer on again just go into the Applications Tab, select New, and then type explorer.exe, and that will restore it.
Well, for me it's not a big problem. If it uses too much memory, i'll just put it into standby. For some reason, that makes it go from 1 GB to 200-400 MB.
Ok... Perhaps telling me what I DO need on there would be better?
¬ _ ¬;4571417Which of my process's do I not need running?
You can give AlacrityPC a try, which was originally FSAutostart. It started out as bundled software for Flight Sim 10 and is designed to stop any background programs and non essential services and later restart them once you configure it. It can also defrag your RAM if you set it to, which frees up quite a bit of memory.
Now it's a stand alone freeware tool that can be used for any game. If you don't want to try it, you can just go to the Black Viper site, which has detailed info on what each service does, including recommendations on whether it's safe to shut them down. If you encounter any that don't have descriptions or advice, of which there are a few, I suggest leaving them alone.
Since FSAutostart has been renamed to AlacrityPC it supports Vista and they now use the Black Viper site as a Help guide. Clicking on any service in question takes you to the page for that service on their site. Personally I don't like this help file as much as the old FSAutostart guide, which immediately gave tips for each service in it's own GUI once you clicked on them.
Once you see how difficult and time consuming it is to shut down all non essential services then start them back up, you'll realize AlacrityPC is by far the easiest way to do it. Just make sure you set Misc Options to Pause Processing, under the Optimizations tab. Then AlacrityPC will hold the stopped progs and services in stasis while gaming, whereby you can minimize it's command box, then when done gaming maximize it and hit Enter, which makes it restart everything it stopped.
You can safely shut down far more than half of all the services listed. Alacrity PC also has a support forum.
I have 34 processes running right now with Vista Home Premium. I used Black Vipers guides and tweaked all the services, disabled most of the startup programs, and switched off features like the sidebar that i don't need. Black Viper's site is the place to go for Windows tweaking IMO. I've been using his guides for a long time.
I'm going to give that AlacrityPC a try, it looks interesting.