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Windows sidebar help

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July 4, 2008 1:57:18 PM

I check task manager and theres a process running in there called sidebar.exe, can someone tell me what this is? I thought I turned the sidebar off cuz it doesnt show on my desktop. Now I cant figure how I did that. I want to turn this process off, it eats up resource.
Also I have a process called iexplore.exe *32 and one called explorer.exe, why is there two internet explorers running?
thanks in advance

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July 7, 2008 5:14:08 PM

have you tried ctrl alt del and killing those processes as for sidebar kill it in the control panel
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July 9, 2008 4:51:35 PM

You're confusing Internet Explorer with Windows explorer. Windows explorer (explorer.exe) is your Windows GUI... this will be running regardless of what version of Windows you have and you cannot run Windows without it.

iexplore.exe *32 is, of course, Internet Explorer. The 32 indicates that you are running the 32-bit version. As for sidebar, as long as you have plenty of RAM, I wouldn't worry about it running.
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July 12, 2008 3:19:57 PM

Thanks, I killed it in control panel. lol.

Zoron, what is windows explorer and why is it running on my computer. Isnt internet explorer the only way to get online? I run Mozilla Firefox, I guess its 32bit?? Im confused now, why I have 32bit explorer on a 64bit OS?
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August 6, 2009 3:41:11 PM

explorer.exe is Windows Explorer - that is you're Start Menu, the taskbar (at the bottom of your screen, desktop (with all your shortcuts) without this process running, you wouldn't be able to control your computer.
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August 6, 2009 4:06:42 PM

Windows Explorer: The Process that allows you to view/control what is on your computer. Do Not Kill This Process!

Internet Explorer: A browser application which allows you to view Internet content. There are those who would argue this one should be killed on sight.
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