Thursday, 8 September 2022

Fix 100% CPU Utilization in Windows 10/11

Fix 100% CPU Utilization in Windows 10 or 11
While using Windows OS, there are several processes which keep running in the background which use system resources, such as CPU and Memory. These processes cause system slowdown issues if not optimized properly. Usually Windows is smart enough to prioritize critical system processes to make sure that the OS is utilizing the hardware on an optimum level, but sometimes, due to 3rd party applications (such as antiviruses) and malware, some processes start utilizing the CPU at the maximum level and CPU utilization reaches 100% which slows down the overall system performance. In some cases, if the system is overheating or there is any hardware fault in CPU or system Fan, then also this kind of issue appears. I am sharing some of the steps which you can use to fix the issue.

1. Scan and restore corrupted system files using "System File Checker" utility

Before running this utility, make sure to run Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool by running this command in elevated cmd window: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

DISM uses Windows Update to provide the files that are required to fix corruptions. But if the OS is already broken and most of the components are not working in Windows, this command would not be so helpful.

After running the DISM command, in the same elevated command prompt window, run the following command sfc /scannow and press enter key. This command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at C:\Windows\System32\dllcache.

running DISM
sfc /scannow

2. Set the process priority to low, if it is utilizing too much CPU resource

Open task manager and check which process is using more CPU. Right click on the process and click on "Go to details" and then it would show up the actual exe file which is creating that process. Simply right click on the exe file name, then click on "Set Priority" and click "Low". This step would ensure that the process would be restricted from using maximum CPU resources.

set process priority to low

3. Install all pending Windows updates

Click on Start and then click on Settings. From there, open Windows updates and check for all the available updates (cumulative, feature updates and other optional updates) and install them. Once the updates are installed, restart the system and check for the CPU utilization.

update windows

4. Install all system drivers (including BIOS and Intel Turbo Boost Driver)

Open your system manufacturer's website and check for the downloads section. From the downloads section, download all the latest drivers for your system. Drivers include BIOS, VGA, Audio, Chipset, Dynamic Tuning Driver, Intel Turbo Boost driver etc. If your manufacturer provides any tool for auto update of drivers (such as HP Support Assistant, Dell Support Assistant, Lenovo Vantage etc), then use the tool to auto update the drivers to the latest version.
But I would personally recommend using IObit Driver Booster tool which checks for the best performing drivers for your device and auto downloads and installs them. I am personally using it and trust me, it is awesome.
Once the drivers are updated, restart the system and check the system performance. Make sure not to miss updating the BIOS to the latest version, because BIOS would usually require manual updation from manufacturer's website.

update drivers

5. Create a high performance power plan

Most of the times, due to balanced power plan of the OS, processor is not utilized properly by the system processes which cause malfunction with the processor and system processes. This causes incorrect CPU utilization. So it is recommended to create a high performance power plan and set it as default so that system could run with its maximum potential. To create a high performance power plan, follow the steps below:
> Open control panel and in the search bar, type power, and then click on "Choose a power plan" and set the power plan to "High Performance". If it is not available in your system, then click on "Create a Power Plan". Now select "High Performance" and type the name of your power plan (you may use any name, I used High Performance) and then click on Next and finish. Once you are done with creating the power plan, use it in power options. It should bring back the CPU utilization to normal.

choose a power plan
create power plan
create high performance power plan

6. Modify settings in registry

Before doing modifications in registry, make sure to take a backup of registry. Once you are done with the registry backup, navigate to this location in registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Control>Session Manager>Memory Management and double click on "Clear Page File Shutdown" and change the value data to 1 and click OK. Then restart the system and check if the issue still persists.
clear page file in registry

7. Disable P2P Share for Windows Updates

To disable P2P share for Windows update, click on Start, then go to settings and open windows updates. Then click on "Advanced Options", then click on "Delivery Optimization" and then turn off "Allow downloads from other PCs".
disable P2P

8. Uninstall Sophos client or update it to the latest version

It has been observed that Sophos Endpoint client and other Sophos products are also causing 100% CPU utilization issue with several systems. If your system too has any Sophos client installed, try to remove it or update it the latest version and check if it helps. It is a known issue with Sophos and they are expected to fix it with their future updates.

9. Perform clean boot and run a complete virus scan using Malwarebytes anti malware utility

Malware and viruses are also a major reason of the 100% CPU utilization issue. If a computer is affected by any malware, sometimes it exploits the ntoskrnl.exe file, which is Windows NT Kernel and System file. Its process is visible in task manager with the name "System" and it uses maximum amount of CPU. Although, this file is exploited by some 3rd party applications as well which may be installed in the computer. So first of all, try running the system in clean boot mode and check if the issue is resolved. If it is not resolved, run a complete system scan with a good antivirus, such as Malwarebytes antimalware tool. It should fix the issue.
To perform clean boot, open msconfig.exe and then click on "Services". Then click on "Hide all Microsoft services" and then uncheck all the services except LAN, WLAN and Audio services, otherwise your internet would be disconnected and system audio will stop working. Then click on OK and restart your system.
clean boot

10. Factory Reset the OS/Reinstall Windows

If none of the above options worked, reinstall the OS or factory reset the OS and check if it fixes the problem. If it works, then update all the drivers and then install your applications one by one and check if the issue reappears after installing any specific driver or application. If the issue reappears after installing any specific application or driver, that would be the culprit. Uninstall it immediately.

11. Contact system manufacturer for hardware tests and part replacement

If the issue is not resolved even after OS reinstallation, then either system processor or the system fan is faulty which is causing overheating or processor malfunction. In some cases, I have observed that hard drive and memory also caused similar issues due to memory leak. So contact your system manufacturer and ask them to run hardware tests and replace motherboard along with the processor and fan. This would resolve the issue for sure.

Note: In some cases, it is observed that some systems using some specific models of TP Link routers also caused this issue and this was a known issue which is resolved. So if you find any user who has TP Link router which is very old and firmware is outdated, ask them to disconnect from the router and observe if the issue still remains the same.
Additionally, you can use tuneup utilities such as IObit Advanced System Care utility or any other good tuneup utility to optimize your system performance.
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Sunday, 23 January 2022

SwifDoo PDF - An all in one tool to manage your PDF files

SwifDoo PDF
PDF format is one of the most popular format to send documents over emails and the best thing about a PDF file is that is doesn't lose its formatting, no matter on which device you are opening it. But sometimes we need to make some corrections and edit the document which is easier for Word documents, but not for PDF documents because PDF documents are non editable. To edit these documents, you need special tools which cost a lot.

In these situations, SwifDoo PDF comes in handy. This tiny software can do all the tasks, such as editing PDF, splitting a PDF in multiple files, merging PDF, applying watermarks, encrypting and signing the document etc.

Let's know a brief about the features of SwifDoo PDF:

1. View PDF File: SwifDoo PDF can be used as a PDF viewer. It is lightweight and supports all kinds of PDF files. You can make it your default PDF viewer and use it with ease.

2. Add annotation: You can add annotation in your PDF files, highlight text, do text formatting, insert shapes, add stamps and erase the modifications made in the document.

3. Edit PDF files: Want to make some corrections in an existing PDF file or want to add your own text in the same font and color of an exiting file? You can do it easily with SwifDoo PDF. You can insert images, add or delete text, add hyperlinks, change or delete images and use several other editing features.

4. Extract text from a PDF using OCR: SwifDoo PDF has OCR feature in built which can extract text from any scanned PDF to be used later in a text editor.

5. Convert PDF to other formats: You can convert a PDF into Word, Excel, Text, HTML, CAD, Image etc files with a single click.

6. Page management: You can add, merge, delete, extract and split pages within a PDF document with SwifDoo PDF.

7. Security Features: In SwifDoo PDF, you can find the options to E-Sign a PDF, encrypt a PDF for enhanced security, add watermark, compress it and convert the document to scanned document.

All these features are very handy and are very useful for a person who has to deal with files and edit them frequently.

To know more and buy SwifDoo PDF, you can visit https://www.swifdoo.com/

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

How to upgrade to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware without data loss

Windows 11
Windows 11 has been rolled out officially for all the users as a stable release on 5th Oct 2021. But many users are disappointed because Microsoft is not allowing them to upgrade to Windows 11 if their machines are not with latest hardware. To be able to use Windows 11, the machine should have 8th Gen or above processor, TPM 2.0 and secure boot enabled. Without these requirements, you would not be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

But there is a script that you can use to bypass the system check and easily upgrade to Windows 11 using the official ISO file of Windows 11. Make sure to disable windows defender before running the script otherwise it might not let the script run. Also, there is no harm in running the script and I already have personally tested it. Follow the steps given below to initiate the upgrade process:

1. Download Windows 11 ISO File from Microsoft's website. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows11)
2. After downloading the ISO file, download the system check bypass script from this link: Bypass Script Link
3. After downloading the zip file, extract it and run the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update_v2.cmd file as admin.
4. Once the script is done with the registry modification, open the Windows 10 ISO and run the setup. You would see that it would allow you to install Windows 11, however it would ask you to accept the risks that may state that the system might not get security updates on unsupported hardware. You may click on accept and forget about it, all the updates would be delivered to the device without any issues.
5. Now proceed towards the installation and choose the upgrade option. Windows 11 installation would begin and once it is done, your system would restart and you will be able to login to Windows 11 and use it without any problems.

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Sunday, 8 August 2021

How to turn a website into Windows app

How to turn a website into Windows app
There are so many websites which we visit frequently using our computers and think that if there could be a Windows application for that website, it would have been great. Usually we bookmark the sites in the browser and use them to open the sites but what if I tell you that you can easily turn any website into a Windows application and can access the app right from your start menu or a desktop shortcut? It would really be easy to access your favorite websites without searching them in the bookmarks because you would be able to open them as an app using their own app icon in your start meu.
Following are the steps to do in just in seconds:
  1. Open Edge browser in your Windows 10 computer and open the website which you want to convert into an application.
  2. Now from the top right corner, you need to click on the three dots or press Alt+F keys together to open the browser menu.
  3. Now click on "Apps" in the menu and then click on "Install this site as an app".
  4. A prompt will pop-up on the screen asking you to name the app, just type the name of the app and then press enter.
  5. That's it, you can now access the website as an app from your start menu.
Below is the video demonstration for the whole procedure.

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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Brave Browser : The Best Browser

Brave Browser : The Best Browser
In our day to day life, web browsers play a very important role which we don't even realize. From surfing internet to watching youtube videos, we use web browsers. Google chrome is the most popular web browser and majority of the internet users use this browser. But you might have heard a lot of complaints that Google Chrome uses maximum resources of the computer and if you open multiple tabs in it, is gets frozen or makes the PC very slow.

To overcome this problem, some companies tried to use the source code of Google Chrome and developed several Chromium based web browsers but they all couldn't do well. Even Microsoft used Chromium source code and enhanced its Edge browser which improved its performance a lot. But still it could not beat the best browser of all time, which is "Brave" browser.

Brave browser is made using chromium source code and in terms of speed and features, it is the best among all browsers. Not only this, you can earn BAT crypto tokens which you can transfer to your crypto wallets and sell it and cash it out. Isn't it cool getting free crypto tokens just by using your web browser for your in your day to day internet usage?

>>>DOWNLOAD BRAVE BROWSER FROM HERE<<<

Following are some of the features of the brave browser:

  • In built adblocker which is very powerful in blocking youtube ads, web ads, search result ads and any kind of ads which may interrupt your web browsing experience.
  • As compared with the other browsers, Brave is 40% faster and it doesn't consume much amount of RAM even if you open multiple tabs.
  • It has very strict privacy features which protect you from being tracked and from malicious cookies.
  • For browsing websites, it rewards you with BAT crypto tokens.
  • You can use all chrome extensions in Brave browser.

I would definitely suggest you to install Brave browser and use it as I am personally using it from long time and it is surprisingly good. With the time, Brave browser keeps getting better and better, thanks to the amazing developer team.

>>>DOWNLOAD BRAVE BROWSER FROM THIS LINK<<<

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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Cannot connect to the virtual machine, try to connect again : Fix error with HyperV

Cannot connect to the virtual machine, try to connect again : Fix error with HyperV
If you are a network engineer or an instructor who uses Virtual machine to run several ISOs, you might face issues in creating virtual machine using HyperV in Windows 10. You may get the error "Cannot connect to the virtual machine. Try to connect again. If the problem persists, contact your system administrator. Would you like to try connecting again?"

There are so many suggestions available online which suggest to change the date and time of the system, reinstall HyperV, delete the existing virtual machine and re-setup it, clear the DNS cache of the system etc but none of the would work. This issue is actually because of an old bug in Windows 10 and just a minor change can fix the issue easily. Let me guide you through the steps to easily resolve the problem:

  1. Open cmd with admin and run the command netstat -ano | find "2179" and check if the virtual machine management service is listening to this port, I'm sure you would not get any result after running the command.
    not listening to port
  2. Open HyperV and right click on your virtual machine and click on Turn Off.
  3. Now open registry editor by running regedit command in RUN and then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Virtualization and look for the DWORD "ListenerPort".
  4. Double click on "ListenerPort" and click on "Decimal" and change the value to 21791 and click OK.
    modify registry
  5. Now close registry editor and open PowerShell as administrator.
  6. Type the following commands in powershell to stop and start vmmc service:
    Stop-Service vmms
    Start-Service vmms
  7. Now close powershell and open cmd with admin and run the following command again: netstat -ano | find "21791" and this time, you would see that vmmc is listening to the port number 21791.
    listening to port
  8. Now close cmd and then try connecting to your virtual machine through HyperV, it would get connected and you would be able to run your virtual machine without any errors.
    hyperv connecting

That's all for today. Keep visiting PC Tricks Guru for more tips and tricks.

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

How to make huge money quickly with Crypto trading

How to make huge money quickly with Crypto trading
Cryptocurrency is the future of trading and it is the easiest way to make money quickly and without doing anything. Yes, you might have heard about Bitcoin which is the most popular cryptocurrency. Bitcoin made its early buyers rich and it is now being used to buy goods as well.

To get started with trading cryptocurrency, all you need is a platform to do the transactions and some amount to invest. I would recommend using "WazirX" which is one of the most popular crypto exchange platform and it is very easy to use. To get started with WazirX, follow the steps below:

1. Click on this link and sign up for an account: https://wazirx.com/invite/txsfju6e
2. After signing up, login to the app and complete your KYC.
3. KYC approval might take about a week so wait for the approval. Once approved, you would be able to start transacting.
4. After KYC approval, tap the option "Funds" and then tap over INR.
5. Now tap over deposit.

deposit money
6. After clicking on Deposit, click on "Instant Deposit" and then you would be given the account details for your wallet to deposit the money. Send the amount which you want to invest to the account which would be shown to you in the app and it would instantly reflect in your INR wallet of the app. (Make sure to send money from the same account which was used in KYC)

7. After you have deposited the money in your wallet, click on "Markets" and tap over the crypto which you want to buy. Then click over "Buy/Sell" button.
crypto market
8. Now type the price at which you want to buy the coin and select the amount which you want to invest and click on Buy. An open order will be placed and once the coin reaches your target price, the order will be auto executed and you will get the coins credited in your wallet immediately.
In the similar way, you can place the sell order by keeping the higher sell price. Once the sell price is hit, your order will be executed automatically and you will earn the profit in your INR wallet. In the same way you can buy and sell several coins and earn huge profits.
buy sell crypto

profit
9. If you want to withdraw your earned amount in your bank, you may follow the step 5 and click on withdraw. After that, select instant withdrawal and then enter the amount which you want to withdraw and then click on Withdraw. The money would be withdrawn to your bank instantly.

Happy Earning!!

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Sunday, 7 March 2021

Delete all unread emails at once in Gmail

Delete all unread emails at once in Gmail
Gmail is the most popular email service provider and almost everyone has used or has been using Gmail from a long time. Gmail services are free and it is owned by Google which makes it trusted. We all use emails to communicate with our clients, friends and family but most of the times, we get a lot of useless emails which we don't even bother to open. This happens on daily basis and it is not possible for us to sit and delete unwanted emails daily. As a result, our mailbox gets spammed with thousands of emails which we don't need and deleting them would take long time so we leave them as it is.

If you are a Gmail user, I would tell you the steps to delete unwanted unread emails at once, without navigating to each page and manually selecting them and then deleting them. Follow the steps given below to quickly delete all unread emails in Gmail at once:

1. Login to your Gmail account and click on the search bar on the top of the inbox.
2. Type is:unread in the search bar and press enter key.
3. Gmail would filter out all the unread emails on the page. Click the checkbox to select all the emails visible on the page. Usually the default limit is 100 emails.
4. Now click on "Select All Conversations That Match This Search". It will select all the unread emails, no matter is the number is in thousands or more.

Delete unread emails at once

5. Now click on Delete icon and it will delete all the unread emails at once.

Wasn't it simple? This would save a lot of time and will cleanup your Gmail's inbox. For more tips and tricks, keep visiting PC Tricks Guru.

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Monday, 21 December 2020

How to remove password from Word and Excel files

How to remove password from Word and Excel files
In our daily work routine, we all use Word and Excel files and most of the people spend their time working on these files. But sometimes, we are provided with some files which are password protected or restricted and making any modifications in those files is not possible without the password. But what if you have created any file and password protected it but later you forgot what was the password to allow editing the file? For these scenarios, I am going to tell you the easiest and fastest way to remove passwords and restrictions from any Word or Excel file. Follow the steps below:

  1. At first, make sure that you have turned off your antivirus software or windows defender.
  2. Now download any office password remover from this link : Download Link 1 OR Download Link 2 (Make sure to click SKIP AD to be redirected to the download site)
  3. Now install the software and once the installation is completed, run registration.reg file to register the program.
  4. After the program is registered, open the software and click "Add Files" and select the password protected file which you want to crack.
  5. Now click on "Start" and the unprotected file would be ready at the same source just in a few seconds.
  6. That's it, you can remove restrictions from any Word/Excel file using the software.

The method is demonstrated in the video given below. You may watch it for further clarity.

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

How to remove extra spaces from Microsoft Word document

MS Word
While creating a document, we all make mistakes which we correct either immediately or during the proof-reading. A common mistake most of the people make is adding two spaces between two words and later on, they struggle to correct it.

I would tell you about the easiest and fastest way to remove extra spaces from any Word document. But this method works only with Microsoft Word desktop application, not with Google docs or Word online. Let's see what are the steps to remove the extra spaces from any Word document:

How to remove extra spaces from Microsoft Word

How to remove extra spaces from Microsoft Word:

1. Open your Word document and click on "Replace" which is at the rightmost of the Home tab.
2. Now click on "More" in the Find and Replace dialog box and check mark "Use Wildcards".
3. In the "Find What" section, type ( ){2,} and in the "Replace with" section, type \1
4. Now click on "Replace All".
5. That's it, all the extra spaces from the documents would be removed.

Isn't it simple? Keep visiting PC Tricks Guru for more tips and tricks.

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