Christopher <Christopher@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>I am having similar problems; according to task manager, my computer can
>sometimes be running svchost.exe six times or more. The users running these
>are mostly SYSTEM, but also LOCAL SERVICE and NETWORK SERVICE. These
>generally don't take up much of the CPU, but if I am running high-RAM
>programs (specifically Google Earth), it tends to take up a fair bit of
>memory (one does anyway, the others don't alter). Any ideas?
6 instances of SVCHOST is normal and expected in Windows XP.
Google Earth is a very demanding graphics program, and it is to be
expected that the graphics support services (some of which run under
SVCHOST) would be using lots of memory when this application is
You can see which specific services are running under the various
instances of SVCHOST by using the TASKLIST utility. TASKLIST is
included with XP Pro but needs to be downloaded and installed if you
have XP Home. http://www.xmission.com/~comphope/download/winxp.htm
Open a Command Prompt window and enter the following command:
The listed items can be related to the Task Manager report by using
the PID number.
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