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Resource Monitor shows Average CPU for WmiPrvSE.exe is 10%. Is that normal? This is just a 64-bit Vista laptop with an Intel P7550 (Core 2 Duo @ 2.26GHz) and 4G RAM. It's not running anything special that i know of (e.g., firefox, photoshop, etc). But the WmiPrvSE.exe runs at this rate even immediately after booting up.

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Is it connected to a domain? –  Bart De Vos Aug 13 '11 at 18:43
    
No. I did replace AVG with MS Security Essentials and now WmiPrvSE.exe averages 5% ... correlation == causation? Is there any way to see what processes are using WMI? –  Ben Aug 13 '11 at 20:07
    
@Ben, what laptop brand is it? ... If it is HP, it could be the wireless monitor... blog.superuser.com/2011/02/28/the-hp-cpu-assassin... –  William Hilsum Aug 13 '11 at 20:10
    
@William It is an HP. But suspending those processes (and everything else from HP) doesn't seem to help. That link does provide some leads though. Thanks! –  Ben Aug 14 '11 at 23:39

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