Computer hardware is always loaded differently. Even when idle, the operating system has many processes running. Some of them work by default, others periodically start and end in automatic mode. Most of them have a negligible impact on modern components. But some are capable of seriously straining even the most powerful gaming machine. You’ve probably noticed that at some point the OS starts to slow down for no apparent reason. If you haven’t started anything manually, then the reason is a background process. Let’s take a look at how you can identify the “hero of the occasion” and how to get rid of him.

Task Manager

It is a system resource monitor and startup manager that provides the user with information about the performance of the computer and running applications. In order to start it, press the key combination CTRL + SHIFT + ESC or CTRL + ALT + DEL

Then you will see all the processes that are currently active in the operating system. By clicking on one of the 4 main tabs (CPU, Memory, Disk, Network), you will sort from the process that consumes the most of a certain system resource to the process that has the least appetite. Clicking on the deposit again will change the sorting vice versa, that is, from the smallest to the largest. Thus, you will understand which task is loading which component.

The process that loads the processor or memory as much as possible can slow down the computer. Try to complete it.

In order to do this, select the process and in the lower right corner click on the item “remove the task”. However, in some cases, the process can immediately resume, despite your manipulation. This is due to the fact that some other system setting is responsible for starting this process. Most often it is a specific service.

Service manager

It is a special system process that implements remote procedure call technology. That is, it can launch some tasks without the user’s knowledge. To control it, press the key combination WIN + R and in the field that appears, enter the command “services.msc

Here you will see all the services that are running or may be running on the computer. There are a huge number of them in total, and to describe them, you will have to paint more than a dozen pages. Therefore, it is easier to find on the Internet which process a particular service depends on. After that, the desired service can simply be turned off by finding it in the list, double-clicking on it with the left mouse button and changing the startup type to “disabled”.


It happens that the computer slows down only after starting for a few minutes, and then it returns to normal. This is due to processes that automatically start when Windows starts. Some programs are automatically written to startup without notifying the user. Therefore, if you often install some utilities, then from time to time it is recommended to check autorun. To do this, you need to start the same task manager and go to the fourth tab.

Here you will see all the software that starts immediately after loading the OS. Disabling it is very easy. To do this, select the required program, right-click on it and select “disable”. There is also software with extended functionality from third-party developers, but we do not recommend using it just for the sake of this function, because, in our opinion, the built-in capabilities in windows are completely enough. So why then litter the system with various utilities?

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