We8217ve all been there. You turn on your PC and instead of getting straight to work you8217re faced with horrific slowdown and loud-running fans. Hit Ctrl Shift Escape and you will see that your CPU usage is inexplicably at 100.

It8217s a common problem that8217s luckily not usually too hard to solve. Here are several fixes for the 100 CPU usage problem.

Most games tend to be GPU-intensive rather than CPU-intensive so shouldn8217t really be hammering your CPU too hard. So if you run a game and shoot up to 100 CPU usage there might be a problem you have to intervene in as it can cause performance bottlenecks and an ugly 8220dragging8221 effect.

Before the game-specific tips below you should try temporarily turning off real-time protection in Windows Defender when you play as some people have reported this to cause high CPU usage while gaming.

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