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Windows 7: All 8 cores at 95% in use, nothing running

21 May 2010   #1
thaumiel

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
All 8 cores at 95% in use, nothing running

Windows Task manager says that System Idle is using most of the memory and it has over 175 threads created last i checked.

I am almost afraid to start a program, this cannot be good for the longevity of my CPU. I'm gonna guess this isn't completely normal. OK, I have owned desktops since the original IBM PC in 1983. It's not.

Any ideas on the subject would be appreciated.


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21 May 2010   #2
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

System Idle shows you the percentage not being used...
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21 May 2010   #3
thaumiel

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I know, thats why I found it unusual.
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21 May 2010   #4
joel406

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Its not unusual...its perfectly normal.

Idle is "not in use"

Free to run whatever you want as much as you want.

Your 99% is available CPU.

You are really only useing 1~2% of you CPU just to power the screen and whatever programs are running.
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21 May 2010   #5
w7101

Wds 7 32.bit Ultimate
 
 

If it looks like this ...which is ...OK ...


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21 May 2010   #6
thaumiel

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yes, I understand I sound like a noob here. That's why I made the reference to the early 80's. I assure you I have more than one utility confirming my processor is seriously over-worked. While it has not overheated nor shut down itself yet (and I have attempted some programs to see if these "false readings" would go away, they have not) they all agree that my machine - with no programs started - is operating as if I had 8 CPU intensive programs running at once.

And since the machine has been in daily use since January, this is a significant change from the last several months. It has only stated doing this since I created an Ubuntu partition at the end of the C: drive. (Successfully, both Windows and Ubuntu will boot up, but Ubuntu does not show all 8 cores in constant use...)

I simply wanted to pick the brains of others who might have seen something like this before I attempt to restore my i7 to factory condition. Which I am willing to do, but would love to hear possible alternatives first.

And thanks for the responses, I understand this is not a common question.
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21 May 2010   #7
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Thaumiel and welcome to the forum.
This is what my Task Manager and my Resource Monitor look like:


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21 May 2010   #8
thaumiel

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

OK, I made a noob mistake

I was talking about what I saw in Resource monitor which I mistakenly associated with Task Manager. It was "System" which I was referring to, not "System Idle"

I have attached a screenshot. I apologize for how dumb I am.


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21 May 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Shut your sidebar (gadgets) down and see what happens.
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21 May 2010   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Shut your sidebar (gadgets) down and see what happens.
I agree. At 68%, it is taking up WAY more than it should.

~Lordbob
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