Upon BOINC startup, multiple conhost.exe processes start. Why?
Conhost.exe is the console wrapper Windows uses for console based applications.
BOINC doesn't start it directly. When an application is launched, the Windows application loader determines what sub-system the application belongs to and then proceeds to launch the correct sub-system before launching the application.
In any case, it is a Windows thing. The science application would have to change its application type to a windowed application instead of a console application.
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