Why does it take so many processes to run Creo? To eliminate havok we had to exclude them from the virus and firewall.
xtop.exe -- Pro/ENGINEER
nmsd.exe -- used hep communication between pro and other apps
pro_comm_msg.exe -- used hep communication between pro and other apps
pfclscom.exe -- which is used for our asyncronous VB application that no longer reliably make a successful connection to Creo with out it locking up.
The new ones
parametric.exe -- I guess this is required to launch Creo Parametric
ptc_ie_server.exe -- runs when using IE as Browser. IE "MUST" be run as a separate process to improve stability.
ptc_win_gecko_server.exe -- runs when using mozilla as browser
creoagent.exe -- Who Knows??
ptcregsvr.exe -- launches everytime you go to open or save a file which seems to degrade performance. Not sure why.
Just venting steam
I guess that creoagent.exe belongs to PTC Quality Agent software. Every time you finish installation of Creo Parametric 1.0, you have to uninstall PTC Quality Agent software manually.
Are you sure it is the Quality Agent?
creoagent.exe in installed under
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\PTC\Creo\Platform\1.0\creoagent.exe
and in add & remove Programs and Features it is listed as Creo Platform 1.0.
I killed the creoagent.exe process at the very beginning of a session. and everthing seemed to work without it.
I removed the feature Creo Platform 1.0 (creoagent.exe) and Creo tried to automatically install it on the next launch. I deleting and renaming just the creoagent.exe file and everytime Creo would launch it would try reinstall it.
Tech support confirmed that creoagent.exe is the quality agent and it can be uninstalled.
However there is a known issue that Creo will automatically install it if it is not installed.
Suppose to be fixed in M030 that is due out in a couple of weeks.
to avoid installation requests, go to Common Files\M020\install\addon directory and delete two following files - creoagent_32_64.msi and qualityagent_32_64.msi (or creoagent_32.msi and qualityagent_32.msi).