High PF Usage


I have a XP Prof machine on a Windows 2003 network and it has become unstable.

I notice that it starts off with a huge PF Usage (1.5 - 2 Ghz) although the CPU usage is around 2-3%. I have no applications except task manager running on the machine.

The machine has 512 MB memory and about 20 GB memory free.

I have attached snapshots from task manager. Can you please take a look at it and give me some ideas on how to optimize the memory and resolve this problem.


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According to your task manager there, you have a bunch of stuff running.  Paint, Internet explorer, MS Word, Norton AND Trend Micro (big nono to have multiple AV programs running).

Decide which AV program you like better (ahem) Trend Micro, and remove the other.  See how much that helps.

Also click Start--> Run --> Type MSCONFIG
go to the startup tab
Uncheck software that you don't want to run when your PC starts. Quicktime, TF Update, java, etc.  It wont remove or disable these items, but it just wont start them right away.
Actually, I find it odd that 6 apps that are around 360000k are all using roughly the same amount of VM. If it was one or two, I would say there was a memory leak somewhere, but for that many to be that close together, I find it odd at best...

I would look at scrapping your swap file, and reboot, then recreate it as "System Managed".

CPU usage is fine though....

Might even consider a Memory test (although I dont think it will fail, but worth a try..).

UBCD has Memtest on it.... Let it run for about an hour or two...

Ultimate Boot CD - Overview

I would even double check the HDD with the Manufacturer's util on the UBCD as well....

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georjkuruviAuthor Commented:
thx for the comments....im building my UBCD! will let you know the outcome.
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