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Windows 7: Windows Media Player Causes CPU to run at 100%

11 Apr 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The main CPU user is the WMP. For a test, switch off the equalizer and see what that does.


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11 Apr 2013   #12
Craig Beverley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

By the looks of things the equalizer isn't the problem i left it running for 3 songs and that was the CPU usage, also included the CPU Meter gadget to show what my CPU's are running at.


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11 Apr 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah right, that's no different. I just checked on mine running WMP. There was less than 1% CPU usage - it showed as zero. The number of threads were the same though. Some thread must have gone haywire.

The thing you can try is to make a Repair Install. Maybe it fixes the problem.
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11 Apr 2013   #14
Craig Beverley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So you believe it could be a potential driver/application coding error causing the CPU to be stressed? If so I'm getting a SSD in the next month and don't listen to music that much, I will be installing a newer Windows 7 OS on that so this could save going through a repair?
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11 Apr 2013   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you do a reinstallation anyhow, there is no need to chase this old bugger. My guess would be that it is either some.dll that is on the blink or that there is a conflict with some other running process. But that would be difficult to id for certain. You can only use the shotgun approach trying to fix it.
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