Is there a utility to show what process(s) is/are causing the Windows Wait Cursor to be displayed?

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On one of the computers we support, the Windows Wait Cursor (AKA the spinning halo) is there all the time to the right of the mouse pointer. Is there a utility I can install that will show the name of whatever process is running that is causing the Windows Wait Cursor to appear? This is Windows 7 Ultimate Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1. I have tried running Performance Monitor and Resource Monitor but am not able to see which process is associated with the current activity which is causing the Windows Wait Cursor to be displayed.

Ideally it should just display the process name next to the cursor.

Thanks,
Don
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Top Expert 2016

Commented:
not that I know of.. you could try ending tasks until you find the culprit.. has someone changed the cursors on you? so that the wait cursor is also the normal cursor

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"you could try ending tasks until you find the culprit.." Yes I know that.

"has someone changed the cursors on you? so that the wait cursor is also the normal cursor" Please look at attached screen shot. The pointer is on the left. I am talking about the circle on the right. I found the name "wait cursor" on Wikipedia.
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Top Expert 2016

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your mouse is not showing the wait cursor but an arrow, it looks like the application itself is displaying the busy/wait item
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Yes, I agree but what I am asking for is a utility to show what application or process is displaying the busy/wait item next to the busy/wait item.
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
what application is in blue?

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That is what I want the utility to show. This is beginning to sound like this Dilbert strip.

http://dilbert.com/strip/2006-01-29

If you don't know of a utility to do what I am asking then please don't challenge my request to delete the question.

Thanks,
Don

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Hi Moderato,

Yes, if you can flag it to Experts who may have an answer then I am fine with that. One solution would be a utility that would be an add-on for Windows that would show next to the "Windows wait cursor" (AKA that blue halo) what process is causing it to appear. I was just thinking, another way to go might be to run a .vbs script or Powershel script that can see what process is causing it to appear and just return the name of that process.

Thanks!
Don
While it sure would be handy to have such a utility and I have been fixing these things for 42 years now, there is no such utility that I have ever found or know of.  Instead, this kind of troubleshooting has to be done empiracly, first using the task manager and then (maybe) using SysInternals Process Explorer.  Most often, these days, I have found AdWare that is attempting to retrieve data from a defunct server.
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I would start off with something basic like safe mode. If the problem goes away then at you know the issue is something outside the windows core.

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I am accepting Davis' comment as the solution because I believe he can definitively say there is no utility matching my description. That's all I wanted to know.

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