Am I reading my task manager correctly?

Question

when i am viewing windows task manager, the cpu is at 100% with 40 different processes running while the computer is idle. i believe this causes slow performance. these are mostly exe processes. should there be 40 processes in windows task manager and how do i know which i can get rid of??? thank you in advance !!!

Answer

This question was answered on February 26, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When you first log on to your computer, and you are at your desktop, open up one application

or go on the internet and open one website.

After that go into your task manager and verify if one application is in fact running.

Then click on the "Processes" tab and look at the first line listed stating "System Idle Process"

If everything is correct, it will read 99% o 100% Hwever, if you look at the bottom of the dialog box for your task manager, in the middle you will a section called "CPU Usage" This SHOULD read 1% o 0% Tis is what really matters.

Every EXE process found in your task manager is needed and must NOT be deleted.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 26, 2004