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    Thumbs up Generate Text File List Of Running Processes In Windows

    This is a handy tweak if you want to take a print copy of running processes in your Windows operating system for any reason. You can use this tweak if your Task Manager is not accessible as well. Generally, we can view the list of running processes with memory usage and PID in the Task Manager where we can also kill any task/process instantly.

    In this guide we generate a copy of the running processes with PID and memory usage. This will come in handy when Windows Task Manger is not opening due to virus infections. You can also check the services in this method so that you can get a fair idea about the background activity of your Windows system.

    This trick should work on Windows XP as well, though I am not sure about it since I have been running Vista for past two years! We need to use Command Prompt to make this happen.

    Procedure:

    1. Open command prompt with admin rights. That is, type in cmd either in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl + Shift +Enter.

    2. Click continue if you get User Account Control (UAC) Prompt.



    3. Here, first type the command tasklist and hit enter to see the list of running processes.

    4. If you can see the running processes then type another command tasklist>c:\list.txt which gives you the output as list.txt file in “c” drive. Note that you can change the drive letter “c” and also the output file name(list).

    5. Type exit and go back to your “C” drive were your copy is available.

    You can also Type tasklist/svc>c:\processlist.txt to get services in the output file. Also you can change the location of the output file by giving a valid path and filename.

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    Last edited by tweakwindows; 5th January 2009 at 16:56.

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    Thanks bro! I was not aware of this simple way to check the processlist. Will prove helpfull incase of virus attacks when very few apps can be executed!

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    ^Yup it will come handy when you don't have access to Task Manager.

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    Great post ! Thanks !!

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    thx for that..i saw my list..one of em used huge memory..whats dwm.exe mean

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    Desktop Window Manager. System process for aero transparency.

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    amazing. good thread.

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    Desktop Window Manager or dwm.exe is the windows process which gives you those aero effects in Windows Vista like Transparency, Live taskbar thumbnails, Flip3D, etc.

    In my case it takes 18,800 K memory. But the figure depends on the number of windows that you have open. And switching to Vista Basic will not make the process go away, but only reduce the memory usage.

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    ^Mine is always 25,000k+ memory. But who will care when you 2GB+ RAM

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    Is there any utility which does this ?

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