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Windows 7: CPU usage jumping to 100% win7

08 Sep 2010   #1
Iwke

Windows 7 Proffesional 32bit
 
 
CPU usage jumping to 100% win7

I've seen a few threads about similiar problems, however I think mine differs a little from the rest that's why I opened my own thread.

Here's the deal: My cpu usage jumps to 100% when I do usual actions like page refreshing, starting windows media player, starting task manager and so on. On the other hand when I'm watching let's say youtube it's on 4%-20%.

I have:
win7 professional 32bit
2GB of RAM DDR2
dual core 2ghz processor
Nvidia Geforce 7600 GT
According to microsoft my pc meets the requirements so I thought it might be the graphic card, I asked about it in graph card section and seems that should be enough as well.

I'm gonna guess the first question you will ask is what processes use most of the cpu, and the answer is the ones I actually use at the time (i.e. I refresh google chrome page chrome.exe uses a bunch of cpu.
This wouldn't be much of a problem but I play some video games as well that don't require much (warcraft 3 for example) and there this high cpu usage causes trouble.

I hope someone can help me thanks in advance I'll be checking daily so if anyone needs additional information just ask.


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08 Sep 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

A spike in CPU usage is not uncommon when starting some programs. If it stayed at 100%, then I'd be concerned. What does it settle down to?
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08 Sep 2010   #3
Iwke

Windows 7 Proffesional 32bit
 
 

somewhere around 30% then slowly to around 10% thing is when I play game for example it keeps jumping to 100% frequently and I experience delay in both visual and command giving aspect.
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08 Sep 2010   #4
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

You don't have your system specs listed (please fill out). How much memory do you have. If 2GB, consider adding more and see if this helps. How many processes do you have running? You want to conserve your resources.
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08 Sep 2010   #5
Iwke

Windows 7 Proffesional 32bit
 
 

I don't think memory is the issue since it rarely goes over half and seems to be quite stable, running chrome and task manager I have 39 processes running (all user list)
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08 Sep 2010   #6
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Check your drivers would be the next thing. I know that if you are using the Baseline windows Drivers, you aren't going to get smooth performance. First the Video drivers, and maybe check your disk controller drivers. If they are the base line microsoft ones, I would look and see if there are updated drivers for both of them and try one of them to see if the problem still exists.
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08 Sep 2010   #7
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The AMD Althalon 64 (3200+) is a single core processor correct?
There in lies the problem.
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08 Sep 2010   #8
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iwke View Post
I don't think memory is the issue since it rarely goes over half and seems to be quite stable, running chrome and task manager I have 39 processes running (all user list)
Are you running virus/malware protection... it could also be a background process grabbing a bunch of CPU time.

Are you running a peer to peer network of any kind?

When playing a game I would normally shut down all other open applications.

Ap
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08 Sep 2010   #9
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

It would be wise to run resmon and watch the CPU tab to see exactly which process is consuming CPU when the issue occurs, at least for starters. All other suggestions here are good best-practices for performance as well, so heeding them is a good idea.
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09 Sep 2010   #10
mw2

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Same sort of problem on my PC...

I just end up using readyboost to put back up the performance...
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