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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 17:34

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?

 

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#2 Dot Matrix

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 17:42

Welcome to XP's EoL. It's only downhill from here.

 

Do you know it's an update? If so, which one? Possibly some other piece of software? Maybe new hardware Windows XP can't completely work with? This is exactly the issues you get when working with ancient code.



#3 OP +warwagon

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 17:44

Welcome to XP's EoL. It's only downhill from here.

 

Do you know it's an update? If so, which one? Possibly some other piece of software? Maybe new hardware Windows XP can't completely work with? This is exactly the issues you get when working with ancient code.

 

Zero updates, zero 3rd party apps. This is fresh install, going to windows updates to check for updates. that's when the 100% cpu issue starts where it never happened before.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 18:33

This is interesting now. My colleague did have exactly this fairly recently and I, being on the high horse I was at the time, told he's just doing something wrong and didn't really take a good notice. Don't know what he did to the poor thing in the end, offline updates perhaps, but it was hanging there for way more than 4 minutes.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 18:44

I had this problem on 2 XP machines lately for customers. It is a pain. I disabled auto updates all together just to get it to work right.

 

What a pain..



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:25

Did you try autopatcher to bring xp up to date?this issue you speak of i have not had this issue on any xp system. also this svchost, did you try to find out what this svchost was hosting at the time?in xp there are many instances of svchost, which runs different services and what not. if svchost is not in system32 then it is malicious. try process explorer and find out what handles/dll's/activity this svchost is doing.



#7 Som

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:33

I believe that has been a problem with xp for a while now, disable the windows update service....

 

 

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!.



#8 fatbeerguy

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:36

Use sysinternals procexp to check which service inside of service host is actually using the CPU, and then use procmon or windbg to figure out why its hogging CPU.



#9 OP +warwagon

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:44

Once again these are clean installs that are just doing windows updates. It's windows updates, they did something to it.

 

This thread is not a "Help me SVCHOST is taking 100% WHAT DO i DO???" thread..

 

This is an has anyone noticed Microsoft did something to Windows update that is making XP take up 100% cpu where it never use to"?



#10 Javik

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:46

I've noticed this happen but it turned out the machine I had the problem on had a dying motherboard. Is this a common problem for you, or just confined to a single unit?



#11 OP +warwagon

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:47

I've noticed this happen but it turned out the machine I had the problem on had a dying motherboard. Is this a common problem for you, or just confined to a single unit?

 

Every recent XP reinstall i've done.



#12 Javik

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:54

Odd, I've never noticed that but then I don't work with XP much these days



#13 max22

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:55

I tried going from Windows XP SP2 to SP3 and it would never work.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 19:57

svchost.exe is, as the name suggests, an executable host for services. Multiple services run using this executable.  Have you determined which specific service is causing the 100% usage?. Is it one of the automatic updates services, or something else? Wuauclt.exe for example.  Try disabling the automatic updates service using the services.msc applet and see if the 100% cpu goes away.

 

As suggested in several Microsoft Answers threads about updates using excessive CPU, try deleting the  C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore folder and then rebooting. 



#15 OP +warwagon

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 20:01

if I kill the process and check out services automatic update is then turned off