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Windows 7: explorer.exe eating up resources

12 Apr 2011   #1

Win 7
explorer.exe eating up resources

Explorer is eating up about 70% of my processor usage, all the time.
If I disable it through the task manager's resource monitor, the desktop is unusable.
What can I do to free more of my CPU when I need it?
I run Windows 7 on a Dell Precision T3500 workstation that is a little sluggish.
Thanks for your help

My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Is this a new install? It may be indexing your drive(s) which can take a few hours if you have a lot of stuff, expeciall like videos and images, should go away on it's own after a bit...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2011   #3

Win 7

No, it is not new but the initial installation year and a half old. It is something wrong with it and I wonder how can I restore the system to the original configuration?
Obviously I don't have the installation CD/DVD as I would format drive C: and do a clean install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Apr 2011   #4


Hi, welcome to the forums

You may want to perform a full system scan using MalwareBytes and see if it comes up with anything.

Alternatively if your machine came pre-installed with Windows 7 then you can run the manufacturers restore utility. Normally you will get a quick display message when the machine first boots up.
Note   Note
Most restore utilities offer the option of a non-destructive format which saves all your user files but please read any documentation/on-screen prompts you may have before proceeding

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2011   #5

Win 7

Thanks OS!
I actually ran restore but it went just a couple weeks back to a point where a major update was installed. And it did not fix my issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2011   #6


What make and model is your machine?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2011   #7

Win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
What make and model is your machine?
Dell Precision T3500 workstation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #8

Win 7

I ran Malwarebyte's and found just minimal problems that were removed, and explorer.exe still uses up to 70% of my processor's resources slowing down any application I run on the machine.
Any other ideas how to stop that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7

Launch msconfig, and on the startup tab, disable all, tehn apply, and reboot. See if it is any better. If it is you can one by one re-enable startup items. If not, then on the Services tab, check the "Hide all Microsoft Services" box, then select Disable all, then reboot. If still nothing, try downloading a trial version of System Mechanic and run a full scan. That is a great utility for finding hard to trace "weirdness" and slowness.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2011   #10

windows 7 ultimate x64

did that today not sure if theres somethink what should be enabled tho , only just installed anti spyware

dam rong section please remove and sorry lol

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