The tips and tweaks are good articles, however, what I am wondering is whether there is/are methods in determining what the various threads and processes that get to be running under XP, connect to or adminstered by.
A lot of the names that show up with the Task Manager, are someone's shorthand. They are not usually too informative. So far, on it's own, the window's OS has not the capability to pull up what may be critical and what could be superfluous and able to be eliminated.
At times the number of processes float above 66 and has reached in excess of 80 even though there are no more than 11 task bar background tasks and task manager itself running.