System Idle process is killing me

Yesterday, my computer started acting sluggish. After checking the process in the Task Manager I noticed that System Idle process was hogging all of my CPU, despite having numerous apps running: photohop, firefox, xampp, a minecraft server, and eclipse. I was using the programs too. I understand that Sys Idle is running to run regardless and will run when the computer isn't doing thing but it was doing stuff. After doing a clean re-install of Windows the problem still exists. It's slowed my computer down enough to slow my computer time by about 15 minutes. I've never had this happen before. I don't know if it's a software issue or a hardware issue.
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  1. It is normal in Task Manager for the System Idle process to show a large percentage use. What it really means is that is the amount of processing power that isn't being used. So on a totally idle system System Idle would show 100%. In practice a system is never completely idle, so you'll see something like 98 or 99%. This is completely normal.

    Edit: Check disk access; a sluggish system usually means that you have heavy disk acess. Is the light on almost all the time?
  2. It flickers every 5 to 10ish seconds.
    Ijack said:

    Edit: Check disk access; a sluggish system usually means that you have heavy disk acess. Is the light on almost all the time?
  3. I would start considering things like a dying hard drive, or defective RAM. Grab a copy of MemTest86+ and test your ram out.
  4. I'm 100% sure my RAM is fine, I've run Memtest on them before. Are there any tools to check the health of your hard drive?

    The_Prophecy said:
    I would start considering things like a dying hard drive, or defective RAM. Grab a copy of MemTest86+ and test your ram out.
  5. I tend to agree with The_Prophecy. It doesn't sound like you have excessive disk access, you have a new installation, and the System Idle thing is a red herring. Sounds like it could be a hardware fault.

    Could also be faulty hardware sending excessive interrupts. You could do a partial check of that by turning off most of the built-in components (audio, serial and parallel ports, usb - if your keyboard isn't usb - and network adapter) in BIOS to see if that makes a difference. If it does, re-enable them one by one, checking again, until you find which component is causing the problem.
  6. Please also list your system specs.
  7. You are right. i also face System Idle process issue . but i solve. try http://www.lifetwit.com/windows-8-process-slow-after-idle.html they have a good solution
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