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September 16, 2015

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A field guide to Windows processes


What are all those Windows processes running in the background? Windows is pretty efficient at assigning RAM, which is why you can run many apps at once or open 20 tabs in your browser without choking PC performance (usually). But if you are seeing some sluggishness, or if you want to know what svchost.exe is doing, or if you want to kill resource hogs, you can take action in the Task Manager. Check out our guide to managing Windows processes. Read more »


Julie Wildhaber

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