Note to self: don't be so stupid

Dear self - next time you notice an instance of svchost.exe is using a huge amount of memory run tasklist /svc from the command line and find out WHAT is eating all the memory, rather than just re-booting your machine and wondering what it was.




Guillaume Gilbert
What was it ?
18/10/2004 6:09:00 PM
David M. Kean
Very nice, I always tried to figure out how to work out that..
18/10/2004 11:57:00 PM
What was it? I restarted the machine an another svchost.exe’s memory usage was growing and growing. tasklist /svc showed a number of things running under the offending process ID including w32time. I remembered seeing lots of event log entries from that service (it couldn’t find the time server on the domain), and was retrying constantly. I stopped the service and the memory usage growth stopped.
19/10/2004 1:34:00 PM
Well, just in case you go around nuking processes on a regular basis, I was refered to this site by a mutual friend ( and you might find it useful.
20/10/2004 2:05:00 PM