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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Monitoring Your Computer’s Performance

If it interests you, you can easily monitor many aspects of your computer’s performance. Through Software Explorer (a feature of Windows Defender), you can view information about programs and processes that start automatically when you log on to Windows, programs currently running on your computer, and programs that are accessing the network. From Software Explorer, you can prevent programs from starting automatically, exit programs and end processes, and block incoming network connections.

From Windows Task Manager, you can view and control the programs, processes, and services running on your computer. You will be familiar with the programs, but you might be surprised by the number of processes and services ...

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