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What does the svchost do?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by JBravo, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. JBravo

    JBravo New Member

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    Hi

    What does the svchost do that runs when you check the list on the taskmanager - processes?

    It loads like 5 or 6 of these when windows is running...

    I only have 512mb ram and this takes about 50mb total that I can see. And you can't disable it either.

    Any help welcome:)
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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314056

    Its basically a key part of the Windows OS.

    (That took about 2 seconds to find and was the first link on google, please do some searching yourself in future, mods on here get a bit annoyed when they either see the same posts pop-up over and over again, or see a question that google can answer quite simply. Just a FYI, not a dig. Hope the info helps! ;) )
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    @ alexp999

    thank you for the info...and the tip. I won't hassle you okes again :)
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    yup its just one of those random windows things that no one has a clue about due to the name and the fact theres 5-6 copies running (more seem to show up as you get more network adapters)
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    Lots of Windows services are tied to the SVChost, and /or are listed as SVChost in the process list(s).

    Unfortunatley with Vista, there's a lot more dependencies between the services, and thus you'll be FORCED to run more instances of SVChosts; unlike XP where things were more independent and you could disable more features resulting in less SVChost instances. That and XP and Vista are different.

    Regardless of your Windows version, you can check out some service slimming guides or goto Black Viper's website and take his advice. Depending on your needs you may be able to cut down the amount of SVChost running, and save some RAM.

    XP should never have an SVChost using 50mb. Vista however can.
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