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Windows XP CPU Utilization stuck at 100%


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#1 Jason Bowen

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 06:50 AM

Hello All,
I have a MSI Netbook that has served me well for the past 3 years.
Two nights ago I was watching an online video stream on SG-U, when the computer blue screened. It was late and I thought it was just that the flash player had crashed.
Upon booting up the next morning, I was able to login and get to my desktop screen but had little luck doing anything else.
Double clicking the my computer icon, does not respond, and I am unable to go into network connections.
When I checked task manager, the CPU graph showed 100% usage constantly. Under the processes tab, it listed services.exe as the highest CPU utilizer.
I booted to safemode and the computer was more responsive, but still showed CPU at max.
I have ESET NOD32 installed but did not receive any notifications of malicious software. Since this problem occurred I have disabled my wifi card and not attached an Ethernet cable.
I was planning to buy a new laptop a later this month and give this one away. I know I can wipe and reinstall this to solve the problem as the laptop right now dual boots OSX fine. But I want to wait till I have my new laptop before wipe and reinstall as I have my outlook profile and some other items I would like to use exactly as I did before.

Plus I hate to submit to wiping the computer without first not know what caused it to behave the way it was.

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