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prof xavier
12-10-2000, 12:31 PM
Further to my question about background programs, how do I identify what background programs do which task, ie which one runs my virus scan, and which ones can be safely removed. I apologise for my stupidity in this matter. I run Windows 95 is Windows 98 a better option

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Paleo Pete
12-11-2000, 06:54 AM
In win 98 run msconfig, (type msconfig in the run box) and click the start up tab. The path to the application will be shown in the line beside the box.

[Ctrl] [Alt] [Del] opens the task manager, with those spiffy program names you can never decipher. I have no idea how to tell what they are, I still haven't figured a couple out...

Soon as I come up with all the answers...they change the questions!!

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12-11-2000, 07:27 AM
To get some clue what the running .exe's are, search for them on your harddrive. The name of the folder where they reside is a clue, and there may also be a readme.txt in the same folder that provides updated information about the program (and it's name!)

12-12-2000, 03:11 AM
There is a free Windows Startup Editor (http://esn.softseek.com/Utilities/Taskbar_Start_Menu_and_Explorer_Enhancements/Startup_and_Shutdown_Managers/Review_45385_index.shtml) that you can try.

Windows 98SE is my favorite operating system now. I have gotten Windows ME to run, but it has some bugs that need to be worked out.


12-12-2000, 06:00 AM

Explorer and Systray are the two programs that must be left running. I included the link to the Windows Startup Editor because Windows 95 does not have Msconfig.