This tag is about operating system processes. It may also refer to a specific construct on a given platform, e.g., the System.Diagnostics.Process class for .NET

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When a programme is run it is instantiated in memory, taking up system resources such as memory for data structures, file descriptors and providing at least one thread of execution which defines the current state and subsequent required operations for the process. The current executing program, or process, has total use of the microprocessor while in it's run state. A process will use files within the filesystems and may access the physical devices in the system either directly or indirectly.