Just finished building a new box for a client. Took the opportunity to grab the task list. The list below is what Windows Task Manager reported as running processes immediately after installation, after hardware detection, but before any drivers were installed. No patches, no antivirus, no software installs of any kind, no exposure to the internet, or even to a CDROM other than Windows itself.
OS version: Windows XP, Service Pack 2, OEM edition
Motherboard: MSI M8M Neo-V, with AMD Sempron 2800+ processor.
Any hardware support below, if any, was autodetected during install–no software or driver installs had been run when this process list was captured:
svchost.exe (5 instances running)
System Idle Process
As I (or others), build more systems, we’ll post more of these “Virgin Windows Task Lists”.
I didn’t have a chance to grab a HijackThis log of the box in this condition, but that I will next time, and get a more complete picture of just what is part of the default configuration.