Skip to comments.Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem
Posted on 01/18/2014 9:44:36 AM PST by Utilizer
Microsoft indicated this week that it has fixed a Windows XP resource-hog problem associated with the system's SVCHOST.EXE processes.
Windows XP users affected by this problem typically found that the operating system was using up system resources for 15 minutes to an hour after startup, making it difficult to use the machine during that period. The Microsoft Update team had vowed last month to spend the holiday break tackling the issue, which has plagued some users for years.
The fix involved stopping the system from perpetually checking Internet Explorer updates. Microsoft indicated that the fix was rolled out on Tuesday.
Microsoft did not announce the fix broadly. Instead, it released the above statement to Susan Bradley, a Microsoft MVP and moderator of the PatchManagement.org list-serve service, which is a discussion group for IT pros. Apparently, that's the only venue where the statement appeared publicly. Microsoft's January security bulletin announcing four patches and nonsecurity releases did not mention the SVCHOST fix for Windows XP.
Microsoft's fix took effect on Tuesday. It apparently stops systems from grinding through older Internet Explorer updates before releasing system resources. The fix also seems not to require any actions by Windows XP users or IT pros to take effect.
(Excerpt) Read more at redmondmag.com ...
Glad they finally got this fix done. It’s what? 4 months until they stop supporting XP at all?
Something like that.
How is that? No update/install?
I always opted for the notification, so I could read it and decide for myself.
Having said that, the last year or so, when I shut my XPPro down, I would always get a SVCHOST IS SHUTTING DOWN popup, which was explained to me as;, the computer wanting to shut down faster than the software.
I'm no geek, so I accepted it.
Always hit 'end now' and never worried about lost data ... all I ever did was surf FR and .... never mind.
I get all kinds of notices from windows, but I learned the hard way to shut off their “Automatic Updates”.
In just under the wire! Good job, Microsoft!
Yeah. I only use XP to any real degree on a non-internet connected machine. Maybe this fix will stop the poor thing from having conniption fits?
My XP laptop runs faster than greased lightning now.
Its been forever since I had XP but I actually do remember SVCHOST and wondering what was taking resources back in the day. Its one of the few things I actually remember, but I do not remember it being a huge problem.
Not certain. Either it was included in the latest auto-update as of last Tuesday, or the PatchManagement.org site might have it available otherwise.
I used to encounter a similar problem with Firefox, which I finally solved by first switching to a new blank tab while closing all the others, exiting, then waiting a few extra seconds before shutting down to give the software time to finish all running processes first.
Nice, but points out something I’ve always suspected, as I’ll bet this crap was going on behind the scenes even though I almost never use IE, just because it’s installed as part of Windoze.
I thought I had a virus or something was wrong with my computer. How is it that this problem just showed up something like 10 - 15 years after XP was introduced? I'm beginning to think the Linux / Ubuntu guys are right.
What I found most annoying was running across a bit of new software more and more frequently that REQUIRED IE to run! I had to install it (or, more frequently re-install it) just to get the software to run -even though I used only Opera.
You use Opera? I was wondering who used that browser.
that was fast
Pure coincidence. I had just logged in to see what was new.
Kind of funny they fix this now.
I’m running XP with SP3 and SVCHOST used to gobble up 50% of resources and make the computer cooling fan run at annoyingly noisy high speeds.
Today Win7 is being installed on another partition mainly because WinXP will no longer be supported, but the real motivator was I thought that would be the only fix for that SVCHOST issue.
FYI, with numerous changes and a 3rd party upgrade, Win 7 can be made to look and work very similar to XP.
Actually, I found 2 gigs of RAM on sale for about $20 and that did more than anything to speed things up. Microsoft’s file indexing seems to slow things down as well, but you can turn it off.
....a lot of fuss for a browser nobody in their right mind would use.
What they won't say is how many other processes get up to similar things. A network analyzer often reveals some shocking details.
Ended up changing to Avast. When it started to do something similar(constant hard drive activity)I just switched to MS Security Essentials(+ Malwarebytes, Spybot).
Only activity I now see(at idle)are related to .log, network related, Firefox, Rapport(security?), and temp file stuff...but now much less HD activity.
I know I had a few MS updates lately(including Tuesday), can't say I notice any improvement. If anything system has slowed down a bit, maybe from all the security stuff over the years, maybe just from aging hardware, probably a combination of both.
Can't complain, I've had very few issues with XP over the years.
(as they say......all good things...)
The NSA will handle it all, thankyouverymuch.
I wonder what the bug fix number is. I’d like to check my system to see if it is installed. Though I do recall getting a Auto Update notice around Tuesday.
how many Gigs of RAM will XP recognize?
From what I remember, you can install 4, but it won’t be able to recognize all of it.
They really got right on top of that problem. It’s only been an issue for about a decade. Why do I ever boot up in anything other than Linux???
Opera Mini sure is nice on my LG840.
On the XP thing, yes, I saw the svchost thing get fixed last week on the kid’s laptop, although the runaway condition had been occurring only since the last MS update applied a few days before.
So that’s why they fixed it! They had another update that caused it to run wild.
this affected my machine. i first thought it was a virus. luckily i restored back a few days and didn’t allow any ie explorer updates to be installed since then.
If I had to guess, I would think that as the XP EOL approaches, more and more sites are removing their windoze 'update' sections and the MS people did not think to allow for an option in the software that could recognize a No-Such-Directory return. Thus, the endless waiting to retrieve a file, or even worse an incomplete retrieval when the directory listing pointed to a file that was already being overwritten by newer data.
We must applaud Microsoft and their thousands of developers for doing nothing else for years but research and fix this bug.
Why are there resource hogs, but there’s never any resource bacon?
Restoring back to a known-good setup has solved many a problem over the years here as well, s’truth.
I vote for taking all of Bill Gates’ billions of $s and using it to fix all of the crappy products he has foisted on consumers over the years.
So.....Microsoft is going to ‘fix’ a problem 12 years after the operating system was released and only three months before Microsoft stops supporting WindowsXP?
How magnanimous of Microsoft for being so forthcoming! I applaud them! /s
I'm guessing that they were about to be outed in some fashion, and the last thing MS needs is more bad PR baggage as they re-brand the next batch of "fixes to it's FAD useability disasters" of W8 as a brand new W9.
32 bit or 64 bit?
They have XP for 64-bit??
That's because a lot of software displays HTML content either online, internally generated or from a file, and the easiest way to handle it is to use the HTML viewer ActiveX control that is included with IE. There is a similar control that uses Firefox instead, but the last time I tried it there was still some missing functionality.
There is a 64-bit version but it wasn’t widely used.
very interesting, 64-bit was kind of new to the consumer market back then wasn’t it?
not that I would know
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