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What is computer doing?

How can I find out what my computer is doing when it is running? I'm just sitting there, no windows are open, but I can hear it running. McAfee does have an icon when it is scanning, so I know about that.

And, how can I turn off these automatic things? I want to do them when they won't interfere with my stuff. Especially Windows updates. It turns my computer off when I'm in the middle of something!

Dell XPS 420 , Windows Vista, bought August 2008

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Hit CTRL+Shift+Esc, It will bring up your task manger allowing you what processes are running. to disable updated go to control panel, security center, Automatic updated and select download but let me choose when to install.

To disable startup programs type msconfig into your run command line, select the startup tab. You will be able to see all your programs that automatically start upon login.

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This may do the magic with the automatic reboots:

This download it, doubleclick it and click "yes" when it ask if you want to apply it..

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