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    • #109916 Reply

      Noel Carboni
      AskWoody MVP

      With Windows 10 Creator’s edition (version 1703) Microsoft has separated almost all the services so that they’re now each running in separate host processes (svchost.exe). There are now more processes than ever before running just to support an empty desktop.

      There’s some bloat in there as well. I don’t know about you, but I like to trim bloat, and the new service process separation helps some with that. Like any version of Windows, this version can be tweaked.

      When I first installed the update, I found that over 100 processes were running. I’ve managed to trim that down to about 75 (10 of which I have added to the Windows base set). Not everyone is going to be able to get the list this small because I have chosen to remove all the Apps and as much of the Metro/Modern/Universal Windows Platform/WinRT as I can (I have no need for that stuff).

      Anyway, here is the list of 75 processes I’m seeing running right now.


      Trimmed as such, Windows uses a bit over 1 GB (1.11 GB to be precise) to support an idle desktop, which is up a bit from its predecessor, version 1607, which needed about 1.06 GB and 42 processes just sitting idle. I anticipate dropping the count by 1 or 2 more before I’m done.

      Here’s more info on the list of services I have running:

      TaskList /SVC /FO:CSV /NH (services running):


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    • #109940 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      Is the splitting of the services running under svchost.exe a new thing in 1703?

      • #109945 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        Yep, for 8 GB RAM or above, AFAIK.

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      • #109955 Reply

        Noel Carboni
        AskWoody MVP

        I think it runs that way when there’s more than 3.5 GB on tap actually.

        Microsoft claims it’s a robustness enhancement and allows better tuning of permissions and security, and it DOES now allow you to see what resources are being used by what specific service when diagnosing problems, but I’m starting to think it’s just a way for Microsoft not to have to work so hard to make sure service code doesn’t crash or stall execution.

        I see that Win 7 v1703 is less responsive overall than its predecessors. And I’m not just speaking subjectively; I’ve done a fair number of tests and measurements. There is a tweak that will return all the services back to the grouped organization from before, and I plan to do some tests to see if it helps alleviate the responsiveness issue.

        Update: Grouping the services made no improvement in performance and RAM usage was virtually unchanged.


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        • #110090 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger


          You are so great. Microsoft should make you an offer you can’t refuse to hire you.

          Thanks for these important tests and to report that 1703 is less responsive.

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          • #110256 Reply

            Noel Carboni
            AskWoody MVP

            You’re welcome.

            That drop in responsiveness bothers me – a lot. I can’t sense what it’s doing that should slow it down. I don’t see it trying to access the network. I worry that there could be something they’ve added on purpose to slow down desktop operations so as to make Apps look more responsive by comparison.

            I need to do some more detailed testing, and at some point I need to scare up some actual hardware to verify the differences. Test results from VMs don’t always translate to equivalent results on real hardware.


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      Does the idle one gigabyte usage still include memory reserved for on die video system, even if a person has a discrete video card?

      • #110058 Reply

        Noel Carboni
        AskWoody MVP

        I honestly don’t know… Can you suggest the software I should use to check?

        Here’s what RAMMap shows at the moment.



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        • #110078 Reply


          I’m not sure if this will work, perhaps GPU-Z might give an answer. I was curious if there was some ram that might not be free for system use, perhaps it would be used under load.  For my system I was pleased to see the dynamic usage be at a very low sum.

          Thanks for all your testing data.

          PS. Firefox 53 can use your GPU to render sites.

    • #110073 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Noel. Sometimes I’m a little slow grasping things that all u guru’s understand. U use the word ” update ” ? By ” update ” are u saying the ” update ” is that u installed or downloaded the Creators version ? Also, u are speaking about a lot of bloatware etc and u have listed Processes that u are ” running ” almost all scvhost.exe and u have ur screenshot there. Alot to look at there. My question is is this the list of the processes u have gotten rid of? Confused as it says ” what u are running” ? So, what is the list of what u have gotten rid of??? A little unclear here Noel. Just an average guy lol.Thanks drdoo2 / Pat

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    • #110074 Reply

      Noel Carboni
      AskWoody MVP

      I’m speaking of the Windows 10 “Creator’s Update” – version 1703. That’s more than just patches; it’s an entirely new build of the operating system. And it’s rolling out now.

      I’ve gotten rid of some 25 or so processes, including services that support the Metro/Modern/UWP side of things and things I just don’t need.

      My point is just that with a lot of effort Windows 10 can be trimmed into fighting form, though even after doing that it’s not quite as lean as its predecessors when similarly treated.

      How many do you have running just with an empty desktop? Compare your list of running processes to mine.


    • #110085 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      From what I recall reading about separating the services it was for security and stability. If there is a problem with one of the services in a group controlled by svchost then all the services would have to be terminated to restart the problematic one. This way code is more isolated.

    • #110180 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Just for comparison, I am looking at an “empty” Windows XP VM right now, it only has 25 processes running … 🙂

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      • #110255 Reply

        Noel Carboni
        AskWoody MVP

        Yeah, and I’ll bet about 100 MB – or less – RAM usage.


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