CPU overload on Windows XP and Windows 7 dual boot

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My pentium 4 (1.8Ghz)keeps maxing out (100%). I am running a dual boot environment (XP PRO/Windows 7). The cpu maxes out in both OS's. Any ideas?
ASKED: October 12, 2010  9:05 PM
UPDATED: November 9, 2010  5:33 AM

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what does it show on the task manager?

typically a P4 is not recommended for windows 7 i can understand it maxing out cpu there though in xp its hard to say without knowing what programs you are running as well as what program(s) are using cpu. also if this machine has little ram (under 1gb) that can cause cpu usage spikes in xp

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  • jinteik
    i actually use my duron which is 1.6ghz running on xp and it is running quite fine...but i have 1gb of ram yes i agree with Barry that you need to tell us what you are running on your computer.
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  • Bobupand
    [...] CPU overload on Windows XP and Windows 7 dual boot [...]
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  • Bobupand
    Sorry for taking so long to respond. PC Details: Compaq Evo, XP Pro Version 2002, Service Pack 2 Pentium 4 - 1.80GHz 1.24 GB of Ram In System Configuration Utility, I have disabled unnecessary start-up applications. Non Microsoft Services that loads at start-up: Zone Alarm Firewall (free version) AVG anti-virus (free version) Java Quick Starter APC UPS Service (battery) Magic Jack (USB phone)
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  • Bobupand
    In the XP; the Task Manager Performance tab shows about 30 to 40% used by Kernel Times, the rest is all other Applications.
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  • Schmidtw
    Sounds like you might have some background processes going on. I would try disabling services using msconfig. It can potentially be a long process going through one by one to determine the cause, but you'll be happy when you find it. Hope this helps! -Schmidtw
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  • jinteik
    you too can disable some of the Windows Services that you don't need to use and also go thru those applications in startup in MSCONFIG
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