Stoping svchost.exe under task manager stops audio?

December 26, 2012 at 23:31:56
Specs: Windows XP

svchost.exe is using up a lot of memory as I see under task manager thus slowing down my PC heavily. However as soon as I stop svchost.exe my performance (web) speeds up but I loose my sound!

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#1
December 27, 2012 at 02:09:22

Sounds like you are killing the service that handles audio. It's probably best not to mess with things that you don't understand.

On any Windows computer you will see a number of svchost tasks; kill the wrong one and the PC will crash.


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#2
December 27, 2012 at 06:31:03

Each instance of svchost.exe acts as a host for one or more system services. If you terminate one of these the results are often unpredictable. In most cases the system will behave abnormally or you will experience a system crash or reboot.

Terminating svchost.exe is rarely a recommended procedure. Unless you are an expert that would be almost never.


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#3
December 27, 2012 at 09:45:20

* Start | Run (type) "services.msc" (no quotes)
* Scroll down to "DNS Client", Right-click and select: Properties
* Click the drop-down arrow for "Startup type"
* Select: Manual, click Apply/Ok and restart.
(IF you are the only PC user, and not part of a domain.)
That also eliminates one SVCHOST process in Task Manager.

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