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System Idle Process

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  1. dave46260

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    Using Win XP, from time to time my PC fails to respond because the CPU resources are running in the 90% range by the system idle process. This typically happens right after I boot up and virtually nothing will run because the resources are being used up. What is causing this? How can I fix it? Thanks!
     
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    I think there's nothing wrong with the System Idle Processes as my system shows the same stats. But the fact that you are not able to run anything can be due to some other program and the resources used up includes disk load. Seems that some background process is eating up your resources. Use System Monitoring program to find the culprit. AnVir Task Manager is a good program that you can use for the same.
     
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    Thanks! I suspected the system idle was showing symptoms from another cause. Thanks for the suggestion! Vic
     
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    System Idle Process running high is not a bad thing. This just means that your system is idling. There are a few processes that will be taking care of housekeeping and other background tasks, but this process running high numbers is OK.
     
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    Except, when it's running high CPU numbers, there's no resources left for me to use. So I end up waiting up to a half hour for my PC to calm down so I can use it. That's not acceptable to me.
     
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    System Idle Process is exactly what it says, the CPU is IDLE, not doing anything, waiting for a command from you (or an application) to tell it what to do. If another process was posting high CPU usage numbers, that could be causing you problems, but the System Idle is, basically, the lack of CPU usage.
     
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    Gotcha! I downloaded the AnVir Task Manager (above) to try and locate the culprit.

    Thanks!
     
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