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Windows 7: CPU Usage Monitor needed

11 Feb 2016   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You have a very old and slow system. You know that already.
Microsoft doesn't know and doesn't care. How your system is able to handle processes is not up to Microsoft. Your system is your system. Your system is only able to do so much in a given period of time. Nothing Microsoft can do anything about. Microsoft has no control of how your single core cpu handles any work load.


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11 Feb 2016   #12
dsscottage

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You have a very old and slow system. You know that already.
Microsoft doesn't know and doesn't care. How your system is able to handle processes is not up to Microsoft. Your system is your system. Your system is only able to do so much in a given period of time. Nothing Microsoft can do anything about. Microsoft has no control of how your single core cpu handles any work load.
You are correct. This computer is slow and outdated and is only used as a backup to test software so I don't screw up my production machine.

I can accept that my old machine will be much slower handling demanding software.

However, the MS Windows 7 Update process consumes way too much CPU power and even MS has issued a fix for multi core systems. Maybe I have a distorted view but I wouldn't expect an OS process to monopolize all the CPU capacity (particularly the update process). After all, how different could the Win 7 update process be from the Win XP process and it worked quite well on those old machines.
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17 Mar 2016   #13
dsscottage

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 
My Rant

OK. This post doesn't really contribute anything other than allowing me to rant and vent!

Even though I occasionally post here asking for assistance, I am seem by several of my friends and relatives as "the local geek". As such, they call me to fix their computer problems. A number of these people still have Windows 7 on a older computers with dual core CPUs.

As a result of the issues in this post, I checked every one of these computers and every one was running at 50% CPU occupancy (100% on one of the cores) while otherwise idle. It was always caused by the process svchost.exe which was used to load the Windows update process.

As recommended, I installed https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810 and it resolved the issue on the dual core systems.

Now my rant:
This update was made available by Microsoft but not classified as a critical, recommended or optional update. It was necessary to find it in a forum like this. (Kudos to the forum and it's participants!). Shame on Microsoft! The Windows update process should never have required such a high level of CPU activity. Once (for whatever reason) it to started to consume so much CPU power, it should have been immediately fixed by a "critical" windows update. The only reason that I can see that this didn't happen is that Microsoft is attempting to force everyone to update to Windows 10. I've updated my main computer to Windows 10 and am very happy with it. Therefore, I don't have a problem with a forced update particularly when it's free. However, all of the dual core CPU systems belonging to my friends and relatives don't pass the Window 8 compatibility test and can not be upgraded to Win 8 or 10. Maybe Microsoft wants these people to buy a new computer with Windows 10. If that's the case , that is an immoral strategy. If so, shame on you Microsoft. I've passed this feedback on to Microsoft but don't expect an answer or action.
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