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windows 7Windows 7 is a very innovative operating system. No doubt about that. One of things I like about it is its “transparency” and the fact that, differently from other Microsoft operating systems, now you can understand a lot more about your system. Take for example Windows 7 Task Manager. Did you know that thanks to it you can understand in a better way the processes running in  the background, where they come from, what they belong to etc? In fact, a little feature in the new Task Manager lets you open the folder which contains the file or application the process is linked to. In this way you will be able to kill the process safely if it takes to many resources from your CPU.

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL
  2. A menu will appear on your screen.
  3. Select the option to open the Task Manager.
  4. Alternatively, if you like to use a shortcut, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. In this way the task manager will appear on your screen right away!
  5. Now, click the Processes tab.
  6. You will face a complete list of processes running on your computer.
  7. If for example you see a process that takes a lot of resources, you might wish to kill it. But how to know if it is important or not?
  8. So, right click the process you want to kill.
  9. From the menu select Open File (it should be the first option)
  10. This feature will now open the folder containing the file linked to the process.
  11. In this way, you will understand better if the process comes from Windows 7 itself for example, or from something you have installed such a tool, a software, your antivirus etc.

Another little trick is to turn on the option which lets you see the file name of a certain process. This feature is turned off by default, but believe, it is going to be very useful to you if it is on, above all if you want to know if a certain process belong to a virus or to your favorite software, for example!  Let’s turn it on with this simple trick.

  1. Open the Task Manager.
  2. View menu and Select Columns.
  3. From the list of options available, tick the Image Path Name checkbox.

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3 Comments to “How to See Where a Process Comes From in Windows 7”

  1. Web Talk Says:

    Yes, Loong. I meant that. My fault. I just corrected it. Thanks

  2. Loong Says:

    In step 1, do you mean Ctrl + Alt + Del?

  3. Burrumon Says:

    I prefer use a alternative program to Windows Task Manager, like System Explorer, with this you can learn much more about your system.

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