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    Default How to determine a running programme or process in Windows

    Hi,


    Sometimes I use the pc early in the morning.

    A programme seems to start and uses most of my resources. After a little while it finishes and things return to normal.

    I have looked in Task Manger but cannot determine the programe. I don't think I have anything scheduled.

    Can someone tell me how to determine what is running?

    Thanks

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    Did you run Taskmanger as ADMIN ?
    If not then you have the answer to why you didn´t see anything.
    Running Taskmanger as a USER (standard-account) is useless ,
    because it doesn´t show everything.

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    It happens to my PC too sometimes. These could be some usual startup Windows process, maybe some scheduled tasks and so on. It may not show up as a separate process as it may be a part of some svchost process or other system process.

    If you want, you may try out Sysinternals Process Monitor or Bill2′s Process Manager to identify the processes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    It happens to my PC too sometimes. These could be some usual startup Windows process, maybe some scheduled tasks and so on. It may not show up as a separate process as it may be a part of some svchost process or other system process.
    Yes, but if you select Processes → CPU you can atleast see which "internal" (svchost) process it is that is using resources...
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    And "Resource Monitor" can also be very useful....

    Taskmanager → Performance, Resource Monitor-button in the lower-right corner

    Start-button → Search: Resource
    then right-click the "hit" and make a shortcut on the desktop / taskbar by dragging it.

    Command: %windir%\system32\perfmon.exe /res

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