How to Fix System Idle Process in Windows

By TS Jordan

Updated September 15, 2017

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Computers strive to optimize their efficiency, attempting to utilize all possible CPU cycles during every second of operation. However, when the demands on the CPU exceed its processing capacity, the system will become bogged down, experiencing sluggish behavior and making a hassle out of routine tasks like Internet browsing. Solving this problem involves fixing the system idle processes tab within the task manager, freeing up processing cycles for use by the programs you most need in order to perform your daily computing.

Press the "Control," "Alt" and "Delete" keys on your computer simultaneously to bring up your task manager. Once in your task manager, click on the tab that says "Processes." This will bring up a full list of all programs currently being used by your computer. The system idle process figure represents the number of free CPU cycles on your computer. The goal is to improve this figure as much as possible.

Go through the list, halting the processes you are not currently using. Do not halt any process that is marked "System," but feel free to stop those that are assigned to a particular user. Accomplish this by clicking on the process, then clicking on the "End process" button. Limiting the number of active processes will improve the system idle process, improving the performance of your machine.

Go to the "Start" menu, then click on "Run." Type "msconfig" in the text box and press "Enter." From there, move to the tab that says "Startup." This lists all of the programs your system is loading when it starts. Click to remove the check mark in the box next to any programs you do not need. This will free up additional system cycles.

Reboot your computer after you complete making your changes.