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System Idle Process

In an effort to understand computers more, users often go to the Task Manager and try to learn a thing or two about whatever it is that their computers do and what applications are running. One of the confusions that is usually encountered is when you misdiagnose a certain problem. The System Idle Process for example, and the resources it takes up is a frustrating and mind boggling thought for many computer users.

What is System Idle Process?
The System idle Process is not exactly a process. The name itself is misleading, as well as how it is displayed on the task manager. The System Idle Process is more of a counter which is displayed for the purpose of measuring how much idle time your computer is experiencing at the time.
To put it simply, when programs or processes run on your computer, they take up memory and CPU. The task manager will show you the processes running, and how much resources the applications are utilizing.
It is understandable why there are concerns when you see a process that is eating up more than 90% of your resources. However, as the name implies, it is a reference to the CPU being idle, or how much is not used. If the system idle CPU usage is 90%, then, it is actually a good sign. When there are very minimal applications open, or if you are not doing much, then the System Idle Process spikes up to 99%. As you slowly launch other programs or start some activities on your computer, then System Idle Process CPU Usage also drops.

System Idle Process Basics

System idle Process should not be deleted or tampered with. It does not cause any malfunction on your PC whatsoever. If you think that the high System Idle Process CPU Usage is slowing down your computer, this is not the case. There might be other problem that you need to resolve.
If your System Idle Process CPU Usage is high, but your computer is still continuously malfunctioning or slowing down, then you need to check for the specific problem. Since you have already eliminated System idle process as the cause of your problem, it is time to get back in focus and discover the real problem source.

Instead of tracking how much resources are currently used, the system idle process tracks the amount of resources that are not used. This means that if you see 95 in the CPU column for this, it means that 95 percent of your computer's resources are not being used.


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