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Vista hb cpu usage spikes then drops to 0%

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by GREENRAGE, Dec 20, 2012.

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    GREENRAGE Thread Starter

    Oct 12, 2012
    Am not sure if I'm posting in the correct area, if not please suggest/or reroute my submission to the correct subheading. I've attempted to resolve this cpu usage problem with little/no success. A few months ago I noticed my system freezing, stalling and video streaming and playback would stutter, freeze and or stall with latency issues in abundance. I also noticed Windows Task Manager at start up revealed: Processes = 61, CPU = 0%, Memory= 41% I've vacuumed the system exhaust vent and use a house fan to assist airflow. Though I read many possible solutions, most were a bit more complex than I am comfortable with or were for XP or Windows 7.

    Am not a gamer. I've ran numerous a/v, systematic defrag, registry, junk file, etc scans. I don't know how to “shut down” or turn off processes nor reduce the cpu usage which in some cases red line. Any and all assistance is appreciated and gratefully accepted. PS: Am a beginner at this so please go easy on me! :(

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 540 @ 1.86GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 22 Stepping 1
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 1013 Mb
    Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 320 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 33160 MB, Free - 10124 MB; D: Total - 33155 MB, Free - 18576 MB;
    Motherboard: Acer, Volvi2
    Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
  2. Megabite


    Apr 5, 2008

    Have you opened task manager and click on Processes tab and see what is taking up the most memory usage?

    I would get a free A/V like Microsoft Essentials or Avast and try removing Lavasoft
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Windows Vista needs to be upgraded to SP1, then upgraded to SP2, then a scan done at Windows Update so the post-SP2 important/recommended updates can be installed.
    An outdated Windows operating system lacks security enhancements and fixes and exposes your computer to infection.
    It also prevents certain programs from installing or updating.

    Another 1 GB(1024 MB) of RAM needs to be added.
    Windows Vista is memory-hungry and needs 2 GB(2048 MB) or more of RAM.


    GREENRAGE Thread Starter

    Oct 12, 2012
    I have opened task manager and have observed multiple items using Memory (Private Working Set). I don't know how to "shut down" or close off these processes w/o making things worse (I'm a novice at this stuff). Besides, were I able to shut down a power hungry system; wouldn't rebooting just "turn it on" again? Concerned about the possiblity of a bug; I've used Super Antivirus, Ad-Aware, Advanced System Care to date on Supera/v has located MUI's, ASC has found Privacy issues. Per your suggestion I removed Lavasoft and will try Avast. Microsoft Security Essentials has caused problems and will not be used again on this current system.
  5. captainron276


    Sep 11, 2010
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