same processes running multiple times in task manager

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Abe, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. Abe

    Abe Guest

    hi all, i have a new vista machine and the same processes are running
    multiple times in vista. Here are a few items that are running multiple times

    ati2evxx.exe - 2 times
    cli.exe - 3 times
    csrss.exe - 2 times
    svchost.exe - 13 times (split amongst local, network, system)

    Those are just a few examples, not sure why they are running this way as my
    XP machine didnt do that.
    Abe, Apr 17, 2007
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  2. Hi,

    Right - it's Vista but on Win XP e.g. you had few svchost.exe's processes
    too (depends what services are on).

    Every instance is associated with specific service - you can check in

    Marcin Domaslawski
    Marcin Domaslawski, Apr 17, 2007
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  3. Abe

    Jim Guest

    These are all programs not processes.
    A better way to understand the situation is:
    ati2evxx.exe is being run by two different processes doing two different

    local, network, and system are process owners. A given process owner can
    execute several different processes.

    Jim, Apr 17, 2007
  4. Abe

    Mike Matheny Guest

    Get Process Explorer (Systernals) from MS Website (They bought Systernals) -
    will show you every sub process kicked off by svchost (and other similar
    Mike Matheny, Apr 24, 2007
  5. Hi Mike,

    Process Explorer is a great product, but Task Manager has been expanded in
    Vista. You can right click a Process and select Go to service and all of the
    services running under that process will be highlighted.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Apr 25, 2007
  6. Abe

    Danna Guest

    I've had the same issue after my machine was upgrded from XP to Vista & it is
    performance impacting. The explanations included in this thread make
    sense....but I also have two sessions of Sidebar.exe running under my user ID
    - not spread across system, local etc... That situation is not covered by
    the above explanations. I have to wonder if during the upgrade , there was
    some duplication that causes some of the processes / servers to be called
    upon more than once. I did not find the Right-click & Go-to be
    enlightening. Is there another way to determine why two identical processes
    would be started by the same user more than one time with noPrograms launched
    other than IE?

    Danna, Apr 25, 2007
  7. Danna

    The 2 sidebar.exe instances is by design. One is to handle any custom
    gadgets and the other is for the built-in default gadgets plus the sidebar

    The ati2evxx.exe is also by design, one instance runs the service and the
    other runs the application.

    cli.exe is the ATI Catalyst Control Center for the video card.

    I doubt very much if you have anything running that was simply "carried
    over" from a previous install.

    Seeing 'what' is running is simple, but determining the 'why' it is running
    is much more difficult.

    I am curious, how are you determining the 'performance impact' of these
    programs and services?

    If you want a more complete view and description of these tasks, you can use
    a command line to take a look. Open a command prompt and use the tasklist
    command. Type tasklist /? to see all of the possible parameters.


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Apr 25, 2007
  8. Abe

    caska Guest


    my problem is a little bit different. I WANT to run same proces
    multiple time in task manager. When I open two word documents i wan
    them to be shown as separate processes. Does anyone know how I can d
    caska, Feb 25, 2009
  9. Abe

    Drew T Guest


    Are you using MS Office 2003 or 2007? I can only explain how it is done in
    MS Office 2007?

    * Open MS Word 2007, select the 'Office Orb' in the top left corner,
    select 'Word Options' > Advanced, scroll down to the 'Display' heading

    * Check 'Show all windows in the Taskbar', click OK

    Hopefully someone can explain MS Office 2003.

    Drew T, Feb 25, 2009
  10. Abe

    caska Guest

    Thank u Drew

    that post was helpful and now I know how to show all documents in on
    window, but it isn't solution for my problem. I need to show ever
    document as separate process (not application) in task manager
    caska, Feb 26, 2009
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