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Windows 7: explorer.exe eating up resources

12 Apr 2011   #1
kwhunter

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


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12 Apr 2011   #2
fseal

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...
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12 Apr 2011   #3
kwhunter

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.
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12 Apr 2011   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

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



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12 Apr 2011   #5
kwhunter

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.
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12 Apr 2011   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

What make and model is your machine?
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12 Apr 2011   #7
kwhunter

Win 7
 
 

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

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?
Thanks
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14 Apr 2011   #9
Desslok

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.
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14 Apr 2011   #10
deanolfc

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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