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Windows 7: System process is using all available CPU

16 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Windows Home Premium (32bit)
System process is using all available CPU

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Hello, I'm Brandon.

This problem surfaced just a few days ago. The computer was unnessesarilly lagging, and my first action was to check what process was causing the problem. System, the NT Kernel process, was using all of my available CPU. I understand that it could happen. But, it happens now every time I start up the computer. It will start lagging to the point where I can't do much of anything. The only way I can do anything is if I go into safe mode, which for some reason doesn't have the problem. This makes me think the problem is 3rd party related.

I have scanned with multiple malware protection programs and have cleaned my computer. I'm almost positive it's not virus related.

I have used Uniblue Registry Booster to clean up my computer's registry. This has not helped.

I removed almost everything from the computer as soon as it started having problems. I uninstalled, deleted, and moved the rest to a flash drive, which my data is safe on.

I have tried System Restore. That hasn't worked.

I have tried loading up a backup file. For some reason, that won't work. That might have been my fault whilst making the back up.

Reading online for the last 6 hours, searching countless forums and what not, I've tried a few extras as well. One place mentioned how it could be the laptop over heating. I don't run any sort of strenuous programs for a long period of time, so I don't think that's it, but I still removed the battery. Didn't have any effect.

I have used it excessively the last 2 weeks, as I have been laid off from my job. There are a couple of other things I've tried, but I'm tired after staying up all night, so I can't remember very well.

Also, it's worth mentioning that this computer isn't mine. It's a school leased laptop, and I don't have the Windows 7 installation disc for it. If it breaks - I have to pay for it. I can't really afford that.

I am very willing to submit any dump files, logs, or run any tests needed to fix this. I just don't know where to go any more. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could point me in the right direction.

Thank you very much,

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