Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:42 PM
Hi Stacy Jamie,
I'm pretty sure this is normal behavior and that it's opening the task manager itself that causes the spike. That's the way it works for me, anyway.
If you go to the Processes tab and then click on "CPU" at the top of its column, you'll see your list of running processes ordered by the amount of CPU they use. If the little arrow is pointing up, then the list starts with the least usage; click it again to have the arrow pointing down, and you'll see the heaviest user at the top of the list.