System idle process

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by RuthlessIX, Dec 30, 2007.

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    RuthlessIX Guest

    I use my laptop to play an MMoRPG Game and I noticed it runs extremely slower
    than a few months back. I also noticed the System Idle Process is running and
    using 90% of the cpu. Is there anything I can do to speed up my computer or
    to stop the System Idle Process from using up all the CPU?
    RuthlessIX, Dec 30, 2007
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    JW Guest

    The idle process is running because system has nothing else it can do until
    some other process such as a disk retrieval or receipt of some data over the
    network completes. If you do not defrag your disk regularly maybe you
    should do so to reduce the clock time required to retrieve a file from
    JW, Dec 30, 2007
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    RuthlessIX Guest

    So defragmenting the disks may fix the problem? It is on Windows Vista and it
    had been defragmenting often as far as I know.
    RuthlessIX, Dec 30, 2007
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    JW Guest

    It sounds like defragging again will not resolve the issue.
    Apparently the game is waiting for data to come off of either the program
    file on the disk of from the paging file.
    How much main memory do you have?
    How big is your paging file?
    Do you have a ReadyBoost flash drive/card installed?
    JW, Dec 30, 2007

  5. "System Idle Process" is not any problem at all. That's just the name
    for what the system is doing when it's not doing anything. It's there
    to make the total add up to 100%.

    Look elsewhere for the cause of your slowdown. These days that's often
    symptomatic of malware infection. I recommend that you begin
    troubleshooting by going to MVP Malke's malware removal site at and
    following the instructions there.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Dec 30, 2007

  6. Break out a dictionary and look up the word "idle," sometime. ;-}
    The "System Idle Process" metric is the amount/percentage of time that
    your CPU has *nothing* to do. A reading of 98-99% is generally
    considered a good thing, and readings above 90% are normal. Think of
    it like a car's engine idling in your driveway before you place the
    car in gear.


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    Yancy Box Guest

    I disagree with the answers posted here. If I am on my computer I a
    not idle. I don't turn the computer on to stare at the screen. I a
    always doing something, whether it be surfing the Internet
    sending/receiving emails, browsing myspace/ computer i
    NEVER idle. I have done the same thing on this computer since I got i
    and I've NEVER had Systerm Idle Process until the last two or thre
    weeks. I do a disk clean up and start a defrag EVERY night when I go t
    bed. The next morning the defrag is done, I restart the comptuer an
    BAM!!! System Idle Process. I do not do "scan disk" daily; however,
    do it regularly. I run my spyware removal, virus scan....all th
    necessary things to keep a computer running smoothly...nothing seems t
    work. The only thing I have changed on my computer in the last fe
    weeks was to download McAfee Security Center. I have uninstalled i
    this morning (just prior to typing this). I hope it changes things onc
    I reboot the computer.

    I will say this, I know for a fact, doing disk scan, disk clean up
    defrag, virus scan, spyware scan...none of this makes a difference a
    Yancy Box, Feb 7, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Yancy.

    And do you turn off your car's key when the traffic light turns red? Or do
    you let the engine idle until the light turns green?

    That's what the "system idle process" is doing much of the day. Computers
    are so fast that, even for the fastest typist writing a letter in Word, for
    example, MOST of the computer's time is spent waiting for the next
    keystroke. Idling. And the faster the computer, the more time it has to
    idle. Even when multi-tasking a dozen applications at once, the computer
    usually has plenty of "free" time when it is just idling, waiting to see if
    we are going to press the Start button or do something else to interrupt it.
    Then you must not have ever looked for it before. Because it HAS been

    In Task Manager, on the Processes tab, make sure the CPU column is displayed
    and sorted with the biggest number at the top. If you don't see "System
    Idle Process" at the top, then look at the bottom of this window to the box
    labeled, "Show processes from all users". Check this box and watch the
    display change. Don't be surprised if you see System Idle Process at the
    top with a BIG number in the CPU column. At this moment, I have a
    half-dozen applications running in the background, plus I'm drafting this
    post, and, of course, Task Manager itself is running. Still the System Idle
    Process is getting 98-99% of CPU time. The CPU is just idling, waiting for
    me to "step on the gas" - to give it something MORE to do. ;^}

    It's A Good Thing!

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2009 in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000)
    R. C. White, Feb 10, 2009
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    Hi im Dave and im running vista prem on a acer laptop with amd 64x 2 1.9 processor's with 4 gb of ram ....

    which after some time began to run like a 486 with xp on it lol

    after some extensive research i found that the process wsearch windows search constantly was lookin on the harddrive for files to index to make file searching quicker ... and was a big resource hog also windows media player network service another big one... disable these two asap also look and see whats listed in msconfig goto start run msconfig list' alot of the programs that run win you start your computer even if you use the programs take them out and start them manually as needed is what i recommend other than antivirus i dont run anything else your computer may need somethings like networking support for wireless cards ect so becareful when unchecking but it can always be rechecked and restarted if you run into a problem
    majorgeeks has alot of programs used to correct autostarting of programs ...
    and i recommend super anti spyware for the removal of almost all spyware mcafee is the worst of all because of their price you pay for the product you pay for updates and you pay if you catch a virus even though you have already purchased the program, most of the computers i repair have macafee or norton both are worthless lol
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    Landry Guest

    Alright it's good that's a good thing... for you, but you wouldn't say
    that if you were on my computer. Even my cursor is moving like flash
    lights in night clubs. I won't describe all the problems it gave, but
    please tell at least how to make it back to normal, or a you alreay
    mentioned how to press the start button. Because even when I'm playing
    games that usually take not less than all of my CPU it doesn't get
    low... at ALL.

    Landry, Nov 8, 2009
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    whs Guest

    Still, Ken Blake is right. The SIP is nothing but the complement of the
    CPU time used. When your PC is shut off, the SIP is 100%. The "tasks"
    you mentioned do not use a lot of CPU. Those are more bottlenecked by
    the HDD and the internet speed.
    whs, Nov 8, 2009
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