When a Windows system — XP, Vista, Win7, or Win8 — becomes sluggish, a built-in tool could help point you to the culprit.
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Diagnosing a sluggish, unresponsive PC
Reader Peter Chatfield is trying to discover what’s bogging down his Windows system.
- “All too often, my Win8.1 machine pops up a ‘not responding’ error message.
“My CPU usage lives at nearly 100 percent just about all the time.
“Moreover, Windows Explorer takes an age to populate, and often right-button mouse clicks don’t respond.
“Can you shed any light on my problem, please?
Sure, Pete: Windows’ built-in Task Manager can likely show exactly what’s going on.