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System idle process

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Argy, Aug 14, 2005.

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  1. Argy

    Argy Banned Thread Starter

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    could someone please explain to me the purpose of the "System idle process"
    from what i can tell, it doesnt do a great deal, it starts up at the most inconveniant times, and takes up 99% of my cpu resources.

    *is it possible to kill it?

    any information on it would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Hi Argy,

    It doesn't take 99% of your CPU ! It's the remainder available for your CPU.
     
  3. Argy

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    it does it when my computer has just finished doing something, i go and try and start doing something else on my computer, and i can do anyfin cuz i have no resources left, so its more or less 99%.
    it also comes in while my computer is idleing, but when i want to use my comoputer, i have to wait for way too long for the procvess to stop so i can do stuff
     
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    Argy system idle is just that idle process - as was said before it is what is left over - system idle at 99 is a good thing!
     
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    Argy Banned Thread Starter

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    well what is its purpose though?
    ikm sorry if im sounding like a daft little prick, but people have attempted to explain it to me before and ive never seemed to be able to grasp it.

    what does it ACTUAlly do in/for windows?
    is it removable?
     
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    Are you telling that you must wait till 'System idle process' shows 99% before running a program ? :confused:
    Normally, you don't have to wait : you may launch an application while others are running.
     
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    no, i try and launch application's while it is ryunning, but my system becomes vertually un-usable until its finished.
    I Wait for NO system processes
    :p
     
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    so why does my computer slwo everytime it picks up?
     
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    No such thing. The system is ALWAYS running one process or another. The idle process is the process that the system runs when it isn't running anything else.

    The idle process does nothing. It idles. The system is idling when that process is running. The system is doing nothing.

    If you have problems getting a program to run when the system is in the idle process, then you have another problem, having to do more than likely with the task scheduler.

    To diagnose, the first thing you should do is run chkdsk.
     
  11. Argy

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    its been an ongoing problem for a while.
    ill have a look at the scheduler suggestion.
    my system if fine, im running a new mobo/processor/RAM on a fresh (less then 24 hours old) install of windows xp (xtra plastic, and xtra disgusting, but necessary)
     
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    You do NOT know your system is fine; in fact, you are complaining about a problem.

    Run chkdsk.
     
  13. Bob Cerelli

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    If you system is slow, a common source these days is spyware.

    You need to download a good Spyware and Trojan Removal program.

    Spybot Search and Destroy:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsda

    SpySweeper:
    http://www.webroot.com/wb/products/spysweeper/index.php
    This will also protect your home page from being hijacked.

    Ad-Aware:
    http://www.lavasoft.de/

    The new one from Microsoft

    With any of the above programs, just like with Anti-Virus software, should have the latest updates installed before doing a scan.

    You might also need to scan from safe mode as well.

    CWShredder:
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe

    KazaaBeGone
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/kazaabegone.zip

    Programs that can help prevent getting infected:

    Spyware Blaster
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

    Spyware Guard
    http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html
     
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