This may sound weird but, interrupts are a normal way for computer hardware like mouse and keyboard to communicate with the CPU. The system interrupts process is a Windows 10 component.
Although Interrupts are often seen running in the Task Manager, they should not cause any problems as they are running in the background.
Some Windows 10 users are experiencing high CPU usage while the system interrupts are running. This should not be the case because interrupts only use a very small portion of CPU resources. However, if they are causing the CPU to overload follow the steps below to fix the issue.
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Method 1: Check for Windows Updates
The first thing to do is to check for Windows updates. You could be running a version of Windows with performance issues which causes high CPU usage.
To check for Windows updates, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Press on Windows Key or Click on Start menu
Step 2: Click on Settings
Step 3: On Windows Settings, Click on Update & Security
Step 4: Click on Check for Windows Updates or Download
Step 5: Wait for the update to finish
Step 6: Once the update is done, Windows will ask you to restart your computer to apply the updates
Step 7: After updating, go to task manager and check if high CPU usage is fixed
Method 2: Run Windows Check Disk
Try running a check disk scan using command prompt. CHCKDSK is a system tool for windows that scans system files and checks its logical integrity.
Step 1: Press Windows key + S and search for Command Prompt.
Step 2: Right click on command prompt and run it as Administrator
Step 3: A pop up screen will appear, Click Yes.
Step 4: Type “chckdsk” in command prompt and press enter
Step 5: Wait for it to finish and Reboot your computer.
Method 3: Disable Audio Enhancements
System Interrupts are used by hardware devices to communicate with the CPU, Audio Enhancements for your speakers or headphones can cause high CPU usage. Try disabling these enhancements and see if the issue is solved.
Step 1: Right click on the speaker button on your taskbar
Step 2: Select Open Sound Settings
Step 3: On sound settings, click on Device Properties
Step 4: On Device Properties, Click on Additional Device Properties
Step 5: Click on Advanced tab
Step 6: Under Advanced tab, Uncheck Enable audio enhancements
Step 7: Click on Ok
Step 8: Restart your computer and check if the high CPU usage is fixed
Method 4: Check for Virus and Malware
Computer viruses and malware can cause instability in your computer system. Scanning for viruses and removing it can fix the problem of HIGH CPU usage.
Step 1: Press Windows key + S and search for “Windows Defender” then run it.
Step 2: Click on scan now and wait for windows defender to finish checking your system for virus and malwares.
Step 3: Reboot your computer after the scan has finished and check if the issue is fixed.
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