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Explorer.exe eating up CPU in Win10
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:13:51 am »

I'm running Windows 10 Home, and I don't know when this issue actually started, but I just started trying to figure it out last weekend.  Explorer.exe uses 12-15% CPU and keeps my processor at max frequency.  When I look in Process Explorer, this is the stack trace for the problematic thread:

Thread: ntdll.dll!TppWorkerThread

I grabbed a screenshot of the process details in Process Explorer (it says ntdll.dll!EtwEventRegister at the top instead of nppdll.dll!TppWorkerThread because I hadn't configured symbols properly yet).  If I kill TppWorkerThread, overall CPU usage drops to 2-3% when idle and my CPU isn't stuck at max frequency anymore.  Unfortunately, it comes back eventually (probably within 30-60 minutes) or if I restart my computer.  Also might be worth mentioning that this also happens when I boot into safe mode.

I also noticed that I'm unable to load the "Notifications & actions" Windows settings -- it just sits there with the loading dots moving across the window forever.  I would assume it's related to whatever problem is happening with RequestToastNotificationWithPrivilege... but I've also gotten toast notifications from a couple of applications (Adobe Reader, at least).

I ran the repair tool overnight last night, but unfortunately it didn't clear up this issue.  I was hoping to be able to avoid doing a Windows refresh, but if there's nothing else to be done then that's what I'll do.

Thanks for any help you're able to give.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2015, 05:18:05 am by girafarig »