Improving performance by limiting running processes

Sometimes, extra processes run in Windows that we just don't need. Security threats expert Kevin Beaver directs readers to a blog from Mark Russinovich, creator of Process Explorer, in which he explains how your PC can run with a limited number of running processes.

I use Process Explorer in place of the regular Windows task manager, but I am not always sure which programs I can trust. Are there any give-aways that I should be looking for? Are there any common Windows processes that I can kill or suspend that would improve my PC's performance?
Disabling Windows services is a very tricky territory since you can break a lot of things or even keep Windows from booting altogether. Mark Russinovich, creator of Process Explorer, wrote a blog on this running PCs with limited processes that I highly recommend.
This was first published in September 2006

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