Disabling active apps in ICS?

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    I love the new functionality that allows you to disable apps, but it seems as if it won't let you do so unless the app is currently not active (or so I assume, maybe there are some that just can't be disabled). Things like Backup Assistant, Picasa authenticator, etc. When I rooted my Droid X and disabled all of these things, they definitely helped performance of the phone, and I didn't have a list of 100 apps that could be selected when I went to "share" something.

    Has anyone figured out how to disable apps that are already running? I tried a force closed first, but the disable option remains unavailable for those apps.

    Thanks!
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    Some apps you are not able to disable at all. Some you have to uninstall any updates for them, and then it will let you disable them. I don't believe I have come across the inability to disable a running app
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    "Weather", for instance, is one that I'd like to be able to disable. No need for it - I use BeWeather Pro which I'm happy with. I just can't see having this app open all the time as a good thing; I'm sure it's doing behind-the-scenes updates that are just unnecessary.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't allow a "Disable", I suspect because it's always running. "Stopping" or "Force Stopping" it doesn't seem to allow it to be disabled either.
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    That's because Weather isn't an app, it's a process for the weather widget. In ICS, only apps can be disabled, not an individual process. That said, since getting ICS and disabling all of the bloat I could disable, I haven't seen Weather running.
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    Would love to see a list of what you did disable.
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    Well, of course now that I've said I have yet to see it running, Weather is running. At least it doesn't appear to run too often. :)

    I have the following disabled:

    Apps (with the Verizon bag on the icon)
    Google+
    Help Center
    MOG Music
    Quickoffice (I have Quickoffice Pro installed from the Amazon Appstore)
    Slacker
    Slingbox
    Social Location
    V CAST Tones
    Verizon Video
    Video Calling
    VideoSurf
    VZ Navigator

    I use some of the others from time to time (like NFL Mobile, MotoActv, and My Verizon), so I left them be.
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