Explorer hogging system resources

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by RickyTheFish, May 20, 2007.

  1. RickyTheFish

    RickyTheFish Guest

    I have noticed over the past few months that every once in a while, maybe
    once every other day, for whatever reason, my computer will experience an
    onslaught of poor performance that can only be fixed by manually restarting
    the explorer process (with this approach, the problem usually resurfaces
    after an hour or two), or, ideally, restarting the computer.

    Basically, to briefly describe what I normally experience: resizing any
    window to any size, whether it expands/collapses by one pixel or if I
    minimize or maximize, takes 100% of the CPU cycles. Granted, minimizing a
    window is normally very quick, so the sudden tax on the system is brief, but
    when one is working in multiple windows, toggling back and forth, sizing
    this, minimizing that, etc., this frequent lag can become quite aggravating.
    I haven't noticed any specific program or event that causes this problem, so
    I don't really know what to avoid. Sometimes, certain full-screen games will
    cause the problem if I multi-task to the desktop, but the problem surfaces
    even without the presence of these culprits.

    Could this be a sign that my video card (which is maybe around 3 years old)
    might be dying, or could there be something else behind the scenes that I
    might not realize? I've done spyware/virus/malware scans multiple times, and
    the programs I use cannot detect anything malicious that might be causing
    problems. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    RickyTheFish, May 20, 2007
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    RickyTheFish Guest

    I apologize, this message was apparently posted to the wrong group. I
    clicked on "Performance and Maintenance," and this apparently means "Windows
    Vista Performance and Maintenance." Such is not the case for me, as I run
    Windows XP. Apologies for posting in the wrong group, I will try to find the
    correct place to post.
    RickyTheFish, May 20, 2007
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