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Windows 8 & now 8.1...CPU usage is overloading, hgh

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    Windows 8 & now 8.1...CPU usage is overloading, hgh


    I have a new HP/Compaq laptop notebook 2000....

    I noticed from my Norton Notifications that my PC's CPU usage is running very high, up to 98%... I've tried almost everything to fix this problem. I started by purchasing more RAM, from 4GB to 8GB, and then bought myself a network 1TB hard-drive. Obviously none of these helped.

    I've turned off programs that take up space, I've even turned off smaller programs like Windows Media Player. I went in to MSCONFIG, disabled my start-up items I'm not using, I've disabled Updates, and disabled Windows defender. Many other things also...

    I posted this topic on my Facebook, and it looks as though, a lot of my friends with a Windows 8 PC are having the same problems. So, I thought it to be a regular issue, possibly something that hasn't been fixed yet by Windows 8.

    I've been told to re-install, Windows 7 Ultimate, but I don't want to lose all of the programs and info I've added in Windows 8. Rather than going back... I'd like to keep moving forward. lol.. Thanks everyone for listening... I hope you can help.

    bradleyswaff@gmail.com

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    I don't put to much faith in what Norton says, a useless piece of software.
    You should be verifying this Task Manager, see what processes are running High.

    For security reasons, edit out your email address in your post.
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    It looks like whatever I am using at the time is running high, everything else is low. Like Chrome, or Pro Tools recording software - whatever is running basically.
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Try another browser, Chrome is a resource hog on some computers. If Pro Tools is running and you don't need it right away, disable it in the start up items in task manager reboot and see if things settle down.
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    The Pro Tools audio recording software doesn't start up on its own anyway.... I have to start it. When I turn off Chrome and everything else, then startup my Pro Tools recording software, most of my audio plugins and things I need within the software won't work properly because of the high CPU usage. I've even disabled norton when I record. My computer specs are just fine, as far as what I need to run the software. It's just something in Windows 8. I also tried to install all hardware and driver updates. Thought that might be an issue, but again - I have the same problem.
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You might try uninstalling Norton by their removal tool. They also are a resource hog and cause other issues IMHO. You could always reinstall it if no difference.
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    Thank you for the suggestion, but yes, I've already uninstalled Norton, but no change.
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Download and run Malwarebytes Free
    https://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Perform a clean boot and verify if CPU still running high
    Troubleshoot Problem with Clean Boot in Windows 8
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    Do I download Malewarebites, do a 'clean boot', then run Malewarebites - in this order? Just wanted to make sure.
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    Ok! malware bytes is still Running and it did find 9 threats already. I'll let you know how it goes. Thnx again.
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