Using Task Manager.docx

Now remember a service is a piece of software that

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Now remember a service is a piece of software that runs on the system but it's not designed to interact with the end user, it usually doesn't have any kind of user interface, Instead a service provides the various functionality that's required for the operating system to actually function. They run in the background and provide the various services that we just kind of take for granted that make the operating system itself work. Now when we look at Services in System Information we can see which ones are loaded and whether or not they are in a running or stopped state. We can't actually manage them from this interface. If we wanted to actually manage these services we'd have to use a utility like the Services console or perhaps Task Manager to do start or stop or reconfigure the particular service in question. A very useful category over here under Software Environment is Startup Programs. These are applications that are going to be started automatically whenever the system is booted up and right now we only have two, we have one drive which is installed by default with Windows and we have the VMware user process which provides the VMware tools application which allows this virtual machine to function properly. Understand though that after a computer has been in use for a long time and we've installed lots of different applications on the system we will frequently find this list to be populated with lots and lots and lots of different startup applications. The idea is that the application vendor wants their application to look really good and appear to run really fast so what they'll do is automatically configure a little startup application when you install the application itself, that way when the system boots a lot of the code required to run that application gets preloaded when the system boots up and that way when you run the application itself it looks like it boots up really fast, you're like "Wow, that application runs fast" Well they kind of cheated to make it appear to run quickly. Now if this is the case for an application that you use every single day, that's great no problem but
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a lot of times we'll get this code, this preloaded code for applications that we use once a month or once a week or even less than that. In which case you may not want that code to be preloaded when the system boots.The problem here is that if we load a lot of different startup programs it really slows the system down and we might want to disable those that we don't actually need or use very often. If you come over here under software environment select Startup Programs, we can see exactly what software is being loaded when the system starts up. Now I want to put out something right over hereto be aware of and that's the location of the application, there's two different types basically.Anything that starts with HK, in this case HKLM, it tells us that there's a registry setting right here and here's the path to the specific key and it's this key, this registry key that's causing this particular program to be loaded every time the system boots. On the other hand this one is
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  • Spring '14
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