CPU usage indicate how much of a workload is being handled by the CPU.

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Is it okay to have 100% CPU usage constantly?

I often do 3D rendering in the background which consumes 100% of the CPU (I lower the priority of the process so that it does not hinder any tasks I am working on). My concern/question is whether it ...
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How do I troubleshoot high 'svchost.exe' usage in Windows 7?

I'm having a problem with Windows 7 64-bit. I thought it was slow and all, but then I saw that the CPU usage was always around 80% and started searching for a solution. There are two svchost.exe's ...
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Task Manager shows 100% CPU utilization, but nothing in process list does

I'm using WinXP, and I notice that in the Task Manager, on the Performance tab my CPU usage is 100%. But When I go to the Processes tab, and sort by CPU System Idle Process is taking up 90%. I've ...
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Windows Update doesn't work and consumes 100% of CPU (Win7 SP1) [duplicate]

I've observed a strange behaviour with Windows Update (Win7 SP1). The process svchost is consuming an entire core of my Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) doing nothing (i.e., there is no network traffic ...
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Determine which tab in Firefox is using CPU resources?

Is there anything in the current Firefox similar to shift-esc in Google Chrome? There is something that occasionally takes up enough CPU to make Firefox unresponsive - but with multiple windows, each ...
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Troubleshoot High CPU usage by the “System” process

I have noticed that from some time my system is freezing and its probably caused by the high CPU usage which is caused by the system process. All applications I'm running is the Skype, TeamSpeak and ...
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CPU usage at 100% for several hours

If I use a processor at 100% constantly for several hours, can that damage the machine?
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How does windows “limit” the CPU (Power Options / Battery saving)

Can anyone explain how Windows effectively limits the CPU? Last time I tried some tricks to let my laptop not overheat, so I tried limiting the CPU to 70%. As for my suprise it stopped my laptop ...
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What is the cause of a high CPU usage of 'system and compressed memory' in Windows 10?

There is an observation to be made for Windows 10 on my laptop running with 24G memory available, and 2.5G used. There is no 'memory pressure'. Other questions have looked at memory consumption (...
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What is the impact of running the CPU at 100% for long periods at a time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it ok to have 100% CPU usage constantly I recently upgraded computers and with this upgrade I decided to try Seti@Home to run in the background. I was watching the CPU ...
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What does load average mean in unix/linux?

If I run uptime, I get something like this: 10:50:30 up 366 days, 23:27, 1 user, load average: 1.27, 2.06, 1.54 What do those numbers on the end mean? The man page tells me it's "the load ...
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Program that logs the CPU usage in Windows 7 [duplicate]

Is there any program that logs the CPU usage of all programs? I want to know, over a period of one month, which programs use the CPU more intensely.
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How to fix the “Firefox using max CPU” problem?

Every now and then while browsing, my Firefox CPU usage shoots up to the max possible (that's 50% for my dual processor laptop). It remains at max usage even when I close all the tabs. In fact, the ...
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Linux: command to know the processor number in which a process is loaded?

Is there any command in linux to figure out , given a process, which processor the process is running? I am interested in figuring out the CPU busy and CPU idle time of that processor.
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What does CPU usage for a process actually mean

Assume the computer has a single core - what exactly does it mean for process A to be running at 100% CPU capacity vs (lets say) 10% CPU capacity. If the CPU was 2.0 GHz, does that mean in a time ...
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System (ACPI.sys) is always using about 15-20% of my CPU

I have a 13" Sony Vaio laptop (model SVS13A1C5E) and I upgraded it to Windows 8 with a fresh install, after upgrading I installed Win8 drivers listed here. Now I have a problem with the CPU usage (it ...
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Cannot get rid of Win 10 'system and compressed memory' high CPU, any suggestion?

first post here, I have read all what I was able to find (and not only here) on the topic but nothing solved my case up to now, I have something like 30 years experience with PC building/servicing ...
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How to deal with a misbehaving dllhost.exe?

In the last few days, I've been having persistent problems by... something that causes a dllhost.exe process to spawn and consume minutes and minutes of CPU time. Procexp says: While fascintating, ...
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Why does the CPU usage reach 100% when laptop is plugged in?

I have an HP Elitebook 8440p with Windows 7 Ultimate, i7 Processor and 8 GB RAM. For the last couple of days, when I plug-in my laptop for charging, the CPU usage shoots up to 100% and remains there ...
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CPU makes an electric leak like sound

For a while my computer have been making a electric leak like sound whenever the CPU usage gets high. However, lately it started to make it more often. For example with anti-virus searches and malware ...
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Why does my CPU Usage reach 100% too often?

I'm using a dual-core processor and often see my CPU usage reaches 100%. I realize this may happen if I'm running too much applications, so when I know the computer starts to run slowly, I start to ...
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Will a CPU upgrade speed up my web browsing? How to tell?

My CPU model is 2 and a half years old now, released Intel Q4'2010. How can I determine if getting a new CPU will improve how fast I surf the Internet, versus getting a better ISP subscription?
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XP 100% CPU on Login, by random processes

I have a serious issue on my Windexs XP machine. When I start it up it takes ages to login, then when I bring up task manager I find that its running at 100% CPU However, the process taking the CU ...
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How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?

For testing purposes I need to generate high CPU load on a Windows Server 2003. I cannot install any software but have to make do with what Windows provides. What would be the best way to achieve ...
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opendirectoryd consumes 40% of CPU

I have a MacBook Pro with Lion 10.7.2, 2.26 GHz CPU and 2GB DDR3 RAM. If I call top -o cpu the /usr/libexec/opendirectoryd process consumes more than 40% of CPU. $ ps aux | grep opend ...
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Why is the CPU usage reported by top in Linux over 100%?

I've seen the CPU usage go over 100%. How is this possible? Is it because I have four CPU cores, so 100% isn't really the max? Also, when a program does this, what else can I do in top besides using ...
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why does Virtualbox use 15-20% CPU when VM is paused?

I run VirtualBox 3.1 on Ubuntu with a Win XP guest. I have noticed to my surprise that when I pause the VM (its screen grays out) VirtualBox continues using 15-20% of the host's CPU. Is this normal ...
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Why is my CPU usage broken in Process Explorer?

On my system (Windows 7), it seems that Process Explorer is reporting the wrong CPU usage: When Firefox is running, I constantly get 30%+ When I kill Firefox, I still get about the same CPU usage ...
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QuickLookSatellite MAC OS, High CPU Use

I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to the process QuickLookSatellite-general using 100+ CPU use. (Please see images attached.) On googling I found this ...
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svchost.exe using lots of memory slowing my PC down [duplicate]

On my Windows 7 32-bit. svchost.exe is using lots of Memory and slowing my PC down big time. I already have auto update turned off and it is on manual mode. How can I fix this problem? Thanks
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ntoskrnl.exe!_misaligned_access eats a lot of CPU when idle

Please advise what might be causing the unnecessary cpu use described below. Symptoms: When the computer is left idle, a system process starts to eat about 30% of the CPU. If any key is pressed or ...
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explorer.exe hogging CPU, slow folder browsing

My computer is snappy when I log in from a fresh reboot. Within a short while, it becomes almost unusably slow depending on what I want to do. In particular, any Windows-y actions are slow while ...
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svchost consuming more than 50% CPU all the time in windows 7

I'm using windows 7 ultimate. svchost containing DCOM Server Process Launcher Plug and Play Power services is consuming more than 50% of CPU for most of the time. I found this blog post: http:/...
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Writing a CPU/RAM usage log over a period of time to file on CentOS

I'm looking for an application or line of code that would let me observe a process, save the info in a number of variables, then put the gathered info on a file. I've been trying with variations of ...
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What is Firefox doing?

If one watches Firefox's CPU consumption, one can see it consuming large amounts of CPU even while it's not being interacted with. On lower-spec computers, this can cause performance problems that ...
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Windows 8 Task Manager: how to enable the “CPU Time” column in the Processes tab?

Up until Windows 7, the Processes Tab of the Task Manager would allow you to add the CPU Time column (see for instance Task Manager's possibilities you may not know): to show it, choose theView ...
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Root cause for high CPU usage; which measurement to trust more: Windows Task Manager or Process Explorer?

Consider this Windows 8.1 machine (in-place upgrade from Windows 8) with differing reports on its CPU usage. The machine is idle, and has been for 3 days. There are no CPU intensive tasks running ...
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Why does my System Process use 50% of CPU time?

The System process running on my Windows 7 installation uses almost 50% of CPU arbitrarily. I monitor the process with Process Explorer from Sysinternals. Click the images to enlarge them... ...
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Power to USB lost when computer is under load

Any time my computer uses 50+% of its CPU for more than a few minutes, the power to my USB ports seems to be shut off, and then the CPU spikes to 100% and stays there. (syncing my iPhone is what was ...
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Intel 3945ABG DPC spikes (audio stutter, mouse) in Windows 8.1

As reported by many users, Intel WiFi chips such as 3945ABG and the later 4965 may experience CPU spikes due to DPC activity. This is typically experienced as: Audio stuttering. Uninterrupted ...
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Shell script that monitors CPU usage and terminates services with high CPU utilisation

We have a Windows 2003 server where 3 services are running constantly. Sometimes these services consume over 90% CPU. Restarting these services returns normalcy. I need a script/program that will ...
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CPU usage goes up while computer enters into screensaver/screen goes dark

Computer/Laptop: Lenovo T500 When I leave my PC, it turns off the display after X minutes. That's fine. However, since I use "Proccess Explorer" (SysInternals) there is a bit of a history in my ...
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What does “thread” mean as related to CPUs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are threads, and what do they do in the processor? I know a process can have multiple threads, on my Windows 7 machine each process has over 10 threads in avg. But ...
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Windows 10 does not see second CPU

I have Dell Precision T5400 workstation with two Intel Xeon x5450 (quad core) processors, and I installed Windows 10 Pro (updated from 8.1 Pro), and OS see just one processor. Device manager see 8 ...
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Windows 10 keeps showing 100% of CPU usage no matter what

I'm having a curious issue in my Windows 10 Pro 64: the task manager keeps telling I'm using 100% of CPU no mather what: it's just there, fixed, doens't matter which are the consumptions of the listed ...
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What's more harmful to a CPU? High load or high temperature? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: CPU usage at 100% for several hours Is it ok to have 100% CPU usage constantly I wonder which case is more harmful: high percentage of usage (>90%) vs high temperature (> ...
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Media player classic starts at boot up CPU 100% not listed in msconfig. What is going on?

Every time I boot windows, media player classic starts running in the background (no actual MPC window opens) and hogs the CPU at 100% until I kill it. In process explorer the parent is explorer. I ...
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Windows 8.1 - System process uses 1 core up to ~90% constantly

Asus N550JV comes with Windows 8 installed. I prefer 8.1 so I installed Windows 8.1 on my machine. Downloaded all the specified drivers on Asus Support Page, not to mention my whole system is up to ...
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Windows 7 - High CPU usage during idle time [duplicate]

I just noticed when I'm away from my laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, after a while CPU fan starts high speed working, but anytime I return back to PC with first input by mouse/keyboard the ...
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Skype makes my processor thrash at about 25% and my fan stay on

When I start Skype, task manager shows skype.exe constantly using 25% CPU and the fan on my laptop comes on and stays on. My default browser is Chrome. How can I stop this happening?