Just to update my previous submission above. I found something off of the microsoft technet forums about wmiprvse.exe and windows gadgets. I'm not sure if this will cure everyones problem however I uninstalled all of the installed gadgets I had running and voila - problem solved! cpu usage is back to normal.
I also did system restore back before the last two windows system restore. This problem may creep back up after the a new windows update but then at least I will be able to run the system nicely and normally.