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System Process In Task Manager

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#1 kakikuki


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:34 PM

Mod Edit: Split from different, dated topic - Hamluis.

Hi everyone,

i have been having a really annoying problem. A process called SYSTEM in XP Task Manager is taking up at least 80% of my CPU!. To be clear it is Not 'System Idle Process' (which does look as if it runs high), it simply called 'SYSTEM.

I have checked system multiple times for Malware, Spyware, Viruses etc... using multiple programs and boot-time scans..so i have came to the conclusion it is not some sort of malicious program.

I googled! it to see any solutions, with no real solution to the problem except that it is due to a faulty piece of hardware or IO port or USB...so i unplugged everything and reconnected everything one by one..lol..no luck doing that.

opened the computer up and disconnected all PCI-E cards etc...and reconnected them, again no luck...

Updated all my drivers and i am now running out of ideas why my CPU is being taken up by this one process.

The computer took me some time and a bit of money to build and it is disappointing that this odd problem is stopping me getting..well any use out of the computer..its just too slow.

SO i am open to any ideas why this process is causing this problem.


Hey Man!:)
I just find out i'm having the same problem with my computer.
Could you ever fix it? Or the only way is the reinstall?


Edited by hamluis, 18 May 2012 - 06:24 AM.
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#2 petercj


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

Try typing msconfig in your XP 'Run' box, and select diagnostic start upin the panel that appears, then restart the machine.

See what TM shows then.

If CPU usage is back to normal, the chances are it is a driver issue.

You may need to use Driver Sweeper(a free download)to clean out all traces of the driver causing the issue.

If that doesn't help, then I suggest getting some specialist advice re checking for malware, which can be hard to detect and root out using the standard tools.

#3 narenxp


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:32 PM

There are two common causes for high cpu usage by system process

One is a driver issue(check in device manager for unknown device) and another is due to AVG antivirus.

Edited by narenxp, 18 May 2012 - 10:33 PM.

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