CPU usage is a term that refers to how much of your computer’s processing power is being used. If you notice high CPU usage, it means there are some processes running on your device which require more than the usual amount of computing power and by extension more than their fair share of the battery charge.
This post will explain what happens when CPU usage is high and offer solutions for situations with high cpu usage.
High CPU utilization.
CPU stands for central processing unit and refers to the part of your computer that performs the work needed to run programs and other activities on your device such as playing videos or listening to music. These components typically produce heat as a byproduct, so CPU cooling fans are used in most computers today to keep those system components from overheating and shutting down unexpectedly.
When you notice high CPU usage (also known as high CPU load and high CPU consumption), it’s worth taking a step back and considering what’s running on your device at that moment – even if you’re not actively engaged with anything – because there could be an application or process using more power than necessary.
“If I have a heavy load on my CPU that is not caused by me using the computer then it’s not necessary to uninstall applications or change settings — what could be causing this?”
Typically high CPU usage
● Windows Update. Unfortunately, Microsoft often releases updates with known issues which can cause your computer to run at 100% capacity until the update is complete. If you haven’t restarted your device in awhile, make sure you don’t have any pending updates waiting for installation before assuming there’s an issue with your system. You can check for pending Windows Updates by following the steps outlined in the article ” How to install all available Windows Updates .”
Even when updates finish installing successfully, sometimes they don’t work properly. When the Windows Update agent is working correctly, it will report its status in the Action Center . You can click on “Change Action Center settings” to review any recent events and check for possible solutions. If you’re noticing high CPU usage after updates are installed but everything looks fine in the Action Center , then follow these steps to fix common problems with Windows Update .
● Faulty or poorly configured hardware drivers
Every piece of hardware requires a specialized software driver so that your computer can interact with it effectively. Over time, these drivers become outdated which causes system performance problems. If an update is available, make sure your device is using the latest version of its drivers by visiting your device manufacturer’s website directly (see links below).
● Antivirus software.
One of the most common causes for high CPU usage is antivirus or security software. These programs are essential for protecting your computer from viruses and other online threats, but they can also be resource-intensive. If you’re using a third-party security solution, it’s worth checking to see if there’s an update available that could improve performance. You can also try disabling some of the features of your security software to see if that reduces CPU usage.
● Browser extensions/add-ons and plugins
. Browser extensions are small programs that add extra functionality to your web browser, such as ad blockers or password managers. While most extensions are helpful and don’t use a lot of resources, others can be more demanding on your system. If you’re seeing high CPU usage and you’re not sure which extension is causing the problem, you can try disabling them one at a time to see if that fixes the issue.
● Hardware problems
. If your computer is older or has low-end hardware, it’s possible that some of its components aren’t able to keep up with the demands of today’s software. This can cause your device to run slowly and lead to high CPU usage. You may need to upgrade your hardware or buy a new device if this is the case.
There are a few additional steps you can take:
● Use Windows Task Manager to identify which application or process is using the most CPU power.
● Open the Start menu and type “task manager.” Press Enter to open Task Manager.
● Click the “Processes” tab and sort the list by “CPU.” The process or application at the top of the list is using the most CPU power.
● If you don’t recognize an application or process, do a quick online search to see what it is. If it’s a program you don’t need or want running on your device, try ending the process to see if that reduces CPU usage.
● Close any applications or processes that are not essential to your work. Sometimes even background applications can use more processing power than necessary, leading to high CPU usage.
● Restart your device. This is a simple fix, but it can have a big impact on performance. If you’ve made any recent changes to your computer or installed updates, restarting clears all of the temporary memory they used and gets things running smoothly again.
● Install an application like CCleaner or MacCleanse to help reduce clutter on your device. Applications that constantly run in the background can cause high CPU usage and slow down performance on your system.