Ok, so since I'm impatient, I just ended the process. I immediately got a
message that the "DCOM Server Process launcher" had stopped and that I had to
reboot Windows. The CPU usage immediately quieted down. Does anybody know why
this process requires so much CPU time?
Then again, I just tried it again, and this time it was the "Plug and Play
Service" that shut down. But it has again quieted the CPU usage to a base
level of perhaps 10%.
What's going on here?
> I have a Toshiba notebook with Vista Business installed. Recently I installed
> tghe sidebar and added the "CPU performance meter" and noticed that it was
> constantly in motion. Looking at the Performance tab in task manager, I see
> that the CPU(s) (dual core) are very priodically show spikes. Every 4 to 5
> seconds, the usage jumps from perhaps 10% to 70-80 %, and then goes back to
> 10%. The laptop shows this bahavior over long periods of time, even if no
> application is running. Looking at the processe that are running, it appears
> that one of the "svchost.exe" (of which there are quite a few) seems to be
> the culprit, but I have no idea what is behind it. How do I find out what
> this process is actually doing? Can I simply end it to see what happens, or
> will that harm my laptop?