No, no, no, no. My games/programs usually run at around 30-40ish CPU% and they only ever go up to around 50-60% when my CPU decides to randomly rocket up to 100%. It's not like I start them up and immediately my CPU Usage goes to 100%, in fact, I could be on them for hours before it actually happens...it is completely random.
The only constant is that once it does happen to where my CPU Usage goes up to 100%, it will continue doing it every 10 minutes regardless of what I'm doing until I reboot my computer, which seems to stop it for a while.
As for sysinternals process explorer running that high, that is usually what happens when my CPU goes to 100%. Almost every program will rocket up to levels they shouldn't even be near. For example, if I have task manager up while it's doing this, it will also go to around 17-20% when it has no business using that much.
I will try reducing some visual effects, but as I've already mentioned, I believe I already disabled the audio enhancements under Device Manager - System Devices - "High Definition Audio Controller". There were two of these, so I disabled both for good measure.
**One thing that should be mentioned about the above. When I disabled the HD Audio Controllers, the sound on my laptop stopped working entirely and the only way to hear any sound at all, besides enabling them again, is to hook in headphones.