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Automatic Updates Using Up 100% Cpu


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#1 PropagandaPanda

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 03:36 PM

Hello.

Recently (a few weeks ago), a family member's computer that is used for work had svchost using up 100% of the CPU. Upon looking into svchost with Process Explorer, we found that it was Automatic Updates that was causing the problem. Disabling the service supressed the problem temporarily.

We later received an email for his company saying that many XP computers in the company were getting the same problem. They said to let the updates install, which resolved the problem.

I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing the same problem. It's strange that it would be isolated to one company.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 06:13 PM

Strange, are they all the same make/model?
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 08:13 PM

A while ago there was a problem with Windows Updates and the 100% svchost.exe utilization. If that's the case with these systems, then the updates should take care of it. BUT, each system is different (as it has different settings and programs installed), so it's best to take things on a step-by-step basis.

In other words, re-enable the Windows Updates and update all critical updates. Also check the optional updates to see if any of them may apply to this situation on your system.

If the problem persists after the updates, then there's more troubleshooting to be done.
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:42 PM

Worth reading: http://www.technibble.com/how-to-fix-svcho...pu-memory-leak/

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:57 AM

Hello.

Strange, are they all the same make/model?

Nope. But they would have similar programs installed and such.

Thanks for the input :thumbsup:. Anyway, this problem was fixed.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:10 PM

I had this promblem and the only way I stopped it was disabling/end process it through Task Manager.
I tried Hamluis post and it worked out. The only program that actaully made it work was that batch file. The other two microsoft update failed for some reason...
At Least it worked. I looked at the Batch file but I wonder what that batch file does??

Thanks Hamluis :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 06:44 AM

The batch file re-registers a bunch of files and flushes the contents of the Software Distribution folder. It's similar to some of the fixes in the freeware program Dial-A-Fix, but it was custom made for this particular problem.
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Posted 26 July 2008 - 07:55 AM

Thanks Usasma for the explanation :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:51 PM

hi guys i had the same problem and i did what it say in the link below. bad thing i have to manually update. but after reviewing the topic above i think ill try it. if not i can always revet back to the link below.


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