Try to determine what services are living inside the svchost.exe that is chewing up all the CPU: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml Alterternatively, try stopping a few non-essential services to see if that helps isolate the problem. Anything in the Windows Event Logs? Lastly, I suggest you try a dedicated Windows group, rather than this one. I think I've mentioned: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/forums/subscribe.cfm?list=ntsysadmin this list before. Cheers Ken ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Dell'Aringa" <pixelmech at yahoo.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Saturday, May 08, 2004 10:02 AM Subject: [thelist] PC: CPU running at 95-100%? : Hey PC Experts, quick question. Lately my PC seems to be taking a : long time to do things (launch programs, the like). Every time I open : up the task manager and look at performance, the CPU is running at : 90-100% *constantly*. : : This doesn't seem right. When I look at the processes, its : SVCHOST.exe that is taking up the time. : : Is this normal? I've scanned for viruses, spyware but none.