Why would these apps need to run in the background?

June 8, 2020 at 19:59:47
Specs: several
In Windows 10 Home, Settings > Privacy > Background apps is a
list of 15 apps -- I think all part of the original Windows 10
install on this HP laptop -- that can be selected to be allowed
or disallowed from running in the background:

Alarms & Clock
Calendar
Groove Music
Maps
Microsoft Edge
People
Phone
Phone Companion
Photos
Settings
Skype video
Store
Voice Recorder
Weather
Xbox

for a few of them it is obvious why they need to be able to run
in the background: Alarms, Phone, Weather wouldn't work if they
couldn't. But why does Settings want to run in the background?
Why Voice Recorder? So it can keep recording after the window
is closed? Start recording while the window is closed? Or what?
Why does Store want to run in the background? That seems totally
creepy.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
June 9, 2020 at 01:26:46
If you look at an iPhone, or an Android phone, you'll find that all closed apps continue to run in the background unless you explicitly terminate them. The reason for this is very simple - this enables them to synchronize data with other devices, and also it makes startup faster. The same is true of Windows 8 type apps (as opposed to Windows desktop applications).

There's nothing creepy about this. The example you mention (Store) keeps running so that it can update the list of apps that you own on all devices. If it didn't do this it would have to update this list when you opened it. Startup would already be slower - having to load the app from disk rather than just resuming it - and this would slow it further. A similar reason holds for Settings - some preferences are synchronized across multiple devices.


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#2
June 9, 2020 at 03:32:20
> There's nothing creepy about this. The example you mention
> (Store) keeps running so that it can update the list of apps that
> you own on all devices.

That sounds even creepier than I imagined. Why would Store
need a list of apps that I own on all devices? Like, if I go to
Target to buy sox, does Target need a list of clothes that I own
in all drawers?

> If it didn't do this it would have to update this list when you
> opened it.

No it wouldn't. Every time I install or remove an app, that fact
would be recorded in a file. If I opened the Store app, all it would
have to do is retrieve the file, which would take a few milliseconds.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
June 9, 2020 at 04:13:21
Well, suppose you've bought an app from the app store on your desktop machine and have paid $10 for it. Then you go to your laptop and think "I'd like to have that app on here too". Would you rather pay another $10 or would you rather the system knew that you'd already paid for that app?

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#4
June 9, 2020 at 05:03:57
Uninstall what you don't want, disable the rest.

https://www.revouninstaller.com/pro...
https://wpd.app/


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#5
June 9, 2020 at 10:40:19
I disabled running in the background on all of them
probably less than 24 hours after installing Windows
last August, and certainly before the first time I went
online. But I became curious about it while trying to
get the camera to work. Shortly after my first post I
uninstalled Skype video.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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