CPU at 100% Constantly

By Sadgirl
Sep 15, 2005
  1. Hello,

    I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop. It's about 3 years old but still ok. The CPU is working to 100% ALL THE TIME, the fan is on all the time to prevent it from overheating. This cannot be good. I reformatted my HD and reinstalled XP etc which made it all sexy and new again but the CPU usage is still at maximum. I'm not one with vast amounts of computer knowledge or money, so I cannot afford to replace it. Please help!

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    What process is using the CPU? You can sort the process listing in Task Manager by clicking on the column header. Click twice on the CPU column to get the hogging processes at the top.
  3. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    You can bring up the task manager by hitting ctrl/alt/del simultaneously
  4. Sadgirl

    Sadgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    whoa! found the little blighter. Good tip there thanks :) It calls itself WinXPDisableZeroConfiguration.exe. Never heard of it. When I right click over it the two options are to end process or end process tree- both warn 'loss of data and system instability'. Are they empty threats or would it bugger up my computer if i ended the process? I tried searching for it to end it that way but it doesn't come up. Any suggestions?
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Take a look HERE it may help.

    The process WinXPDisableZeroConfiguration.exe is part of the Belkin network card, the above link shows you how to fix it.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  6. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

  7. Sadgirl

    Sadgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Howard, you are a legend amongst men. Thankyou so much, problem solved, I can relax :)
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