New member Vista issue
I`ve been a longtime lurker here and started a membership a few weeks ago so this is my first official post.
Here`s the situation. I recently put together a new build. Intel Dual Core E7200...Gigabyte-EP35-DS3L mobo....2G Crucial PC 8700 ram.....Vista Ultimate SP1 32 bit. Everything went very smoothly and Vista install was for the most part eventless and went well also. I ran all the updates. Over the next several days I was migrating data files to my new system, installed a few programs, Firefox, Open Office, Trend Micro and everything still seemed to run nicely but I did notice in taskmanager that the CPU showed high usage when it should have been idling, between 60-80%. I researched this issue for a few days, finding this was a common problem to many users, and found nothing out of the ordinary. I did finally disable sidebar, restarted and the CPU usage completely settled down. The CPU showed idle at 0-4% with Super Prefetch and indexing enabled. I continued setting my system up and about 2 days after that I set upp another account and noticed my CPU idle went back to 60-80% again. I disabled sidebar on that account but it made no difference.
To try to resolve this, I did a complete PC restore from a Windows disc image to the previous state when the idle was normal. needless to say, the CPU idle situation is still present. As far as I can asertain, this sytem is completely clean and I have very start up items. AV, Spybot, HJT all show for the most part a very clean system. The native Vista monitoring tools show everything normal however the health monitoring scan at PCPitstop shows an entirely different result. With the system in the state it is now, my CPU and memory respectively post scores of 9188\3328, when the system was scanned in it`s low idle state of 0-4% it posted scores of 20048\12425 respectively placing the CPU\memory in the top 10\4% repsectively. This situation definately affects system performance.
At this point I am at wits end as to the cause. Almost all of the activity comes from system in task manager, bouncing constanly between 10-20% Although System idle reads between 65-80% the CPU graph shows an average of 60% usage. I`ll try to post screens shots and hope someone can shed some light on this issue.