Apr 11, 2011

Slow PC: Windows XP system idle process

Windows XP Processes - system idle process
What is system idle process?

system idle process - System Idle Counter

The system idle process is not a process, more a counter which is displayed in WinTasks used for measuring how much idle time the CPU is having at any particular time.

This counter will display how much CPU Resources, as a percentage are 'idle' and available for use. It cannot be killed and is relatively low on memory consumption.

Importance of system idle process

  • system idle process is a system process that is needed for your Windows system to work properly. It should not be removed.

  • This process is considered safe. It is unlikely to pose any harm to your system.

  • Since system idle process is a system process it should not be stopped. The process is required for Windows to work properly.

  • This process is considered to be CPU intensive. Without proper management, CPU intensive processes can manipulate system resources and slows down your computer.


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