What Does It Mean When Your Computer Gets a "high CPU Usage" Message?


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A "high CPU usage" message indicates that the computer is operating at it's maximum level. The CPU or central processing unit is at its maximum capacity for the number of programs in use.

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High CPU usage leads to computer freeze-ups and slow-downs as well as episodes of computer shutdowns. CPU usage can be found in the Task Manager and should not be running at more than 50 percent for most applications. The CPU may run higher than normal if there is a hardware failure or a program is not functioning properly. If the CPU is consistently performing at high usage, diagnostics should be performed to determine the problem.

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