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Old 05-22-2003, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just moved to XP from 98. Can't find the "key" to shutting down programs and "processes" to facilitate software installation. Appreciate a tip for that. 98 was a snap. Thanks.
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Old 05-22-2003, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ctrl+Shift+Esc will bring the task manager up. You can close programs from there.
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Old 05-22-2003, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, Guy. One more step. When I did that, there was nothing on the screen. In 98 there would have been at least a dozen entries from the old cntrl-alt-del. Does that mean XP hides that stuff, keeps it quiet, or that "processes" are also involved in what needs to be shut down to work an installation?
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Old 05-22-2003, 08:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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go into the "processes" tab. This is where everything is housed. Heck, you can even kill explorer in XP, and everything will keep on a-movin'!
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Yep, do what mrdinkel said. Click on processes and you will see more going on than you want. You can see what program is using what amount of RAM.
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Thanks folks. Does that mean that when directed to "close" open programs before installing, you should shut down whatever in processes is using energy, no matter what's going on elsewhere?
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Technically yes (except for essential operations, ie. explorer).

But I don't think anyone actually closes every running process in the background. First off, you can't. If you try to close some programs, XP with laugh at you.... literally. :P

A good rule of thumb, for me, is to make sure that there isn't anything open on the taskbar.
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Thanks for your help.
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