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Refurbished Laptops Task Manager

Troubleshooting a new or refurbished laptops performance issue will often require taking a look at the system resources being used in the Windows Task Manager.

For example on an XP or Vista laptop the easiest way to open the Task Manager is to right click the Task Bar and choose Task Manager. The first tab which is called Applications is handy for discovering what actual applications are open at that specific point in time. This is useful because it can give an indication of what is causing the amount of Processes which are running. You can also see if any known spyware happens to be running as well.

The running processes are what you should really be interested in if it is a performance issue or there is suspected spyware infestation. Along the bottom of the Task Manager window you can see the number of processes running and you can also see the current CPU usage. If the system is basically idle your CPU usage should be very low as in basically zero.

If you just move your finger along the touchpad of your laptop computer then you will see the CPU Usage respond by going up a few percentage points. This is perfectly normal but if your processor is pegged at 100% then there is definitely a piece of software causing the performance issue. This is when I would look at the Processes running eating up the system resources in XP and other Windows operating systems.
If you click on the Processes tab next to the Applications tab you will then see the actual files and processes which are running as well as their PID, the amount of system memory they are using, and the percentage of the CPU they are using. This is where you can identify which file is using up system resources and 100% of the processor in this example.

You can sort the columns by clicking on the word CPU for example along the top of the Task Manager window. If you click on it once you will see it change from lowest to highest. System Idle Process will always show very high like 99% when no instructions are being sent to the processor.

However in this example if you were to find an application or file taking up a very large percentage of the new or refurbished laptops CPU power constantly, then you would be able to research and identify the file so that you could identify the application it is associated with. If it where spyware then you would know what you are dealing with and could progress accordingly. If it were an application which you intentionally use on your laptop computer then you would have to begin troubleshooting the particular application as to why it is eating up so much of the system resources and processing power.

There is a great deal more which can be done with the Task Manager when using it as a laptop troubleshooting tool. However this is just very basic information on how we use it when we are troubleshooting system resources on XP or Vista or basically any Microsoft operating system these days.

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