Problem With CPU Constantly Running Processes When Idle


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Hey everyone, I'm new here and just got a Beelink mini PC from Amazon and it's my first time using Windows 11. I don't have many programs installed yet, updated all drivers and did all Windows updates. The problem I'm having is something that I've never dealt with in the past, which is the CPU cores are constantly running when idle. I know that they should be running or the PC wouldn't work but I have very few things in the icon tray and the cores (mostly the first core) is using around 6 percent of the CPU. It's not high but it just stays like that for as long as I keep the computer on for.

The strangest thing is when I put the computer in sleep mode and it wakes, the cores are all extremely low, as they should be, usually between .09 and 2 percent. I read somewhere that it could be the hard drive failing, which is a 500GB NVMe m.2 that is the original drive. I haven't upgraded it, I only added a 1 TB SSD since there is an empty slot for a regular SSD in these mini PCs. I'd really appreciate any help, thanks!
 
Windows Build/Version
11 Pro with all updates installed

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    16 GB SER DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    1600MHz AMD Radeon Graphics card 7 cores
    Sound Card
    Unknown
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    500 GB NVMe M.2 2280 (Boot Drive)
    WD Blue 1 TB SSD
    PSU
    Unknown
    Case
    Beelink Mini PC
    Cooling
    Single Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech K360 Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech M510 Wireless

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Welcome to the forum, Scott!

With a brand new PC, new apps, and especially if you restored a bunch of data to it, your PC can spend a good bit of time indexing everything. You might check what is going on with Task Manager and sorting on Processes.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
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  • Operating System
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    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
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    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
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Which Beelink model did you get? If it is the high-end one then idle CPU usage should range from 2-4% and the low end one 4-10%. These numbers are not uncommon. Windows does a lot of background tasks all the time, some are short bursts of reading/ writing data to disk and some are longer maintenance tasks that also consume a lot more CPU time.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro build 10.0.25284.1000 (Dev Channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
    PSU
    65W
    Keyboard
    Thinkpad
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WSA: Installed
    SecureBoot: Enabled
    TPM2.0: Enabled
    AMD-V: Enabled
    VBS: Enabled
    HVCI: Enabled
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro build 10.0.22623.1037 (Release Preview Channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME Z270-A
    Memory
    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB ADATA SX8000NP NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
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    Edge (Cromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    AC WiFi Card

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Beelink Mini PC AMD Ryzen 5 5560U (Up to 4GHz 6C/12T,8MB Smart Cache),16GB RAM 500GB,Dual Screen Display,Mini Computer WiFi6E BT5.2,Support 2.5 Inch HDD​

This is the model I have, thanks to both of you for your help!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    16 GB SER DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    1600MHz AMD Radeon Graphics card 7 cores
    Sound Card
    Unknown
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    500 GB NVMe M.2 2280 (Boot Drive)
    WD Blue 1 TB SSD
    PSU
    Unknown
    Case
    Beelink Mini PC
    Cooling
    Single Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech K360 Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech M510 Wireless

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Beelink Mini PC AMD Ryzen 5 5560U (Up to 4GHz 6C/12T,8MB Smart Cache),16GB RAM 500GB,Dual Screen Display,Mini Computer WiFi6E BT5.2,Support 2.5 Inch HDD​

This is the model I have, thanks to both of you for your help!
Scott, click on "My Computer" on your post, and fill out all that info. One of the cool things about this forum is that you can click on "My Computer" and see what the guy/gal that is posting is using! :cool:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
    SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps, 24 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft File History
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft PowerToys
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Macrium Reflect
    Dell Support Assist
    Dell Command | Update
    LastPass Password Manager
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps, 24 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft File History
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription

scottinpa50

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Thanks Gary, I will fill it out later!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    16 GB SER DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    1600MHz AMD Radeon Graphics card 7 cores
    Sound Card
    Unknown
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    500 GB NVMe M.2 2280 (Boot Drive)
    WD Blue 1 TB SSD
    PSU
    Unknown
    Case
    Beelink Mini PC
    Cooling
    Single Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech K360 Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech M510 Wireless

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