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"system" Process Using 50% Plus Of My Cpu

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#1 diamond5ds


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Posted 07 August 2007 - 08:39 PM

First of all, I want to clarify that the image name of the process is "System" and the user name is "SYSTEM" It is NOT the system idle process. I realize that the system idle process is just a placeholder for the leftover CPU space not in use, and that is NOT what this is about.

This process is always in the list, but it sporadically jumps up to 50, 70, even 90% completely lagging up anything I have going on. The problem seems to last for a few minutes, returns to normal, then shows back up again in 5-10 minutes on a fairly regular basis.

Steps I've taken to try to troubleshoot this myself:
1. Removed Mcaffee virus software because it uses a lot of memory, downloaded AVG 7.5, CCleaner, a-squared free, startup inspector, and HijackThis.
2. I ran diagnostics from all of those programs. It doesnt seem that anything was found, and the problem still remains.

I've searched through forums and have found numerous people experiencing the same problem. Nobody seems to have an answer. I would greatly appreciate any help with this! Let me know if you think a HijackThis report will help.

Using XP with SP2.

Edited by diamond5ds, 07 August 2007 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 08:55 PM

A HijackThis log might help but you need to post it in the right forums, not here.

How long have you had your current Windows install? After 2 years or so of continuous use, Windows can get really laggy. What I do every couple of years is do a complete fresh Windows install. Back up everything that is important to you, get your Windows CD, and your ready to party. I would only suggest this to you as a last resort. Try uninstalling all unnecessary programs, deleting temp files, defragmenting your hard drive, and lastly a HijackThis log.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:23 AM

You may want to try this free utility to see what's running under the System process: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx
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Posted 08 August 2007 - 08:52 AM

The Process Explorer window shows two panes by default: the upper pane is always a process list and the bottom either shows the list of DLLs loaded into the process selected in the upper pane, or the list of operating system resource handles (files, Registry keys, synchronization objects) the process has open. In the menu at the top select View > Lower Pane View to change between DLLs and Handles.
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