System Idle Process

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Dan Welch, Feb 15, 2004.

  1. Dan Welch

    Dan Welch Guest

    Good afternoon,
    I have been having some problems with my computer recently - basically it's
    been running very slowly. Windows XP Home, 256meg RAM, 1.7MHz processor,
    55Gig HD about 40% free. No programmes recently installed or uninstalled.
    I ran the windows task manager and found 'system idle process' using most of
    the CPU - almost always over about 80% and frequently over 95%.
    At this time OE was taking minutes to load rather than it's usual... well,
    smaller number of minutes.
    What is 'system idle process' please, is it likely to slow the computer down
    and if not, any ideas what could be slowing it down?
    I don't normally run task manager so for all I know my computer's 'idle'
    most of the time!
    Also, is there no scandisk with XP? Anyone know where to download a good
    Dan Welch, Feb 15, 2004
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  2. Dan Welch

    why? Guest

    System is idle 80-95% of the time.*
    i·dle ( P )
    adj. i·dler, i·dlest
    1. Not employed or busy: idle carpenters. See Synonyms at
    2. Avoiding work or employment; lazy: shiftless, idle youth.
    See Synonyms at lazy.
    3. Not in use or operation: idle hands.
    Searched the web for
    "system idle process"
    Results 1 - 10 of about 3,920. Search took 0.24 seconds.

    c/o Mike sigs.
    Basic computer maintenance

    why?, Feb 15, 2004
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  3. Dan Welch

    HamMan Guest

    oh, for gods sake man, what does 'system idle process' sound like? its the
    free processor cycles that have to be accounted for to make the other
    reasons accurate.

    speeding up an XP system:

    1. Start > Run 'sfc /scannow'
    2. Defragment it
    3. Unisntall Norton, install AVG
    4. Run the various spyware removal tools
    5. Defragment the hard disk
    6. Intall at least another 512Mb of RAM

    HamMan, Feb 15, 2004
  4. Dan Welch

    °Mike° Guest

  5. Dan Welch

    Dan Welch Guest

    yeah, well, I thought it was probably what it says it was... but the system
    was very very slow and that was the only show in town! I wondered if it was
    a screen saver trying to activate or something.
    Dan Welch, Feb 15, 2004
  6. Dan Welch

    Patrick Guest

    [main question snipped]
    'Scandisk' has been dropped from XP, it has been replaced by 'chkdsk'
    The WinXP interface for 'chkdsk' is; Properties for drive (right-click,
    click 'Properties'), select 'Tools' menu, click 'Check Now' button.
    Command line interface for 'chkdsk' (help/parameters/switches) type at
    command-prompt; chkdsk /?
    Patrick, Feb 16, 2004
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