XP Home SP3
When a browser or other program needs CPU, the 99 goes down to accommodate, then goes right back up to 99. It shows 220K of memory constantly; that never changes.
System is running slow because of the excess CPU usage.
Have run scans, disabled everything I could in msconfig. This 100% CPU happens even if the computer is idle, nothing running, after a reboot.
Seems that the resources that should be showing in SIP are staying in the CPU.
A few days before this started, 2GB of memory installed, plus SP3 put in. Spoke to the tech who put in the memory this morning and he says the memory is okay (recognized by Proccess Explorer). I can upload screenshots of it if you want, as well as txt file of the processes running.
Right now, PE shows 100% usage, 701MB Physical Memory, and 34.12% Physical Usage. There are 42 Processes running according to the Tast Manager.
Also I might mention that it hangs on Restart, while the "Windows is shutting down...." screen is showing, requiring the Reset button. Then it comes back okay. Have been having lockup problems too, but not today after the tech said to disable DCOM. He's done that on many, many XP systems.
I don't want to "refresh" or reinstall -- too much to lose in the way of programs, etc.
Pleeeze help. I've spent days so far, trying this, trying that.