I don't know about anyone else, but within the last year MS did something to Windows update for XP which has caused, even on fresh installs, SVCHOST to RAPE the CPU at 100%
for the past 2 years i've been using the same XP install Sp3 discs. On a fresh install I would run windows updates it would check for updates and under 30 seconds it would ask for the WGA update and then would proceed to show me the other 100 updates.
Now even on clean installs SVCHOST molests the CPU at 100% for a good 4+ Minutes before showing you the updates. You click install and then before it downloads them it molests the CPU at 100% for another few mins.
Has anyone else noticed this within the last year?
Please no "XP? HAHAHA" .. comments!.
Best Answer raynerph , 12 November 2013 - 23:52
I've just had the same problem with the November 2013 updates, and svchost at 99%. And wasted several hours.
Having read the fix ideas, I looked to see if the November updates contain an update for Internet Explorer 8. There is an update: http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=41074
I installed the update. Rebooted. Then ran Microsoft Update (I have updates turned "off", but with wuauclt.exe running as a service in the background).
This time the search for updates completed with only a few brief moments of svchost hitting 99%, and then the updates installed OK.
It seems crazy that you have to manually install the November Internet Explorer 8 update, before the update system will automatically find and install the other updates.
I had a lot of difficulty with the September updates too (same problem), but eventually the PC got there. Whereas the October updates were no problem at all.
I am also running an old XP installation, on a slow (1.6GHz) single core, low memory (1024MB) PC; it's over 8 years old, and has never been re-installed.Go to the full post