Why does my cpu usage spike to 100

any one know why my cpu usage is maxing out ? I just got sp3 on my xp and also real player. thats it I hardly run anything and it seems to not take hardly anything to set it off I am a poor starving college student and i need my pc to work. can any one tell me what i do to fix it?
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  1. How about telling us what your computer has in it. 100% usage on a single core is far different than a dual core or quad core.
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