Solved Windows Explorer High Power Usage


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Brand new to this OS. Used the upgrade to 11 feature that's been nagging me for weeks. First glaring observation is the Windows Explorer task power usage is 'very high'. A restart of the task calms it down but not for long.

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The Power Usage will be high when the CPU utilization is high for the File Explorer.
 

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The Power Usage will be high when the CPU utilization is high for the File Explorer.
sounds logical - however, there is no activity in this case. the pc is idle, so this is a mystery to me.
 

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ils

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I am having the same problem. It began today. I've restarted many times. I've also shut down and started. When I open 'explorer' the task bar at first shows 'power usage’ low. 'power usage' Very High. From then on, everything to do with the task bar, e.g., open another explorer window or opening programs, takes too long. I’ve been using WIN 11 for months without this being a problem.
 

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I returned to W10. I am going to guess 11 did not play nice with a lot of my customizations. All's back to normal. thx for viewing.
 

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    32 GB DDR4 SDRAM
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    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 2080 Ti 11 GB GDDR6
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    Sound Blaster X Pro
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    Liquid / Fans
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    Logitech G510s
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    Logitech Trackball M570
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ils

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I restored my system to a 3/19/22 restore point. Now explorer, the start button and programs open quickly, even tho WE 'power usage' is still listed as 'Very High.' What's going to happen with the updates and drivers coming next? I'll see.
 

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    Dell XPS 8940
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 11700 processor(8 Core, 1
    Motherboard
    Dell Studio XPS 8900 Desktop Motherboard LGA1151 XJ8C4 0XJ8C4.
    Memory
    16GB, 8Gx2, DDR4, 2933MHz 370 AGHW
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6 490 BFUK
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2
    Screen Resolution
    1920x
    Hard Drives
    256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive (WIN 11 home)
    + 1TB 7200 rpm 3.5" SATA
    + 2.5 inch 512MB Crucial SSDs (WIN 10 home)
    PSU
    500 W
    Case
    Mini Tower
    Cooling
    fan
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    basic Dell
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    basic Dell
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    50-100 MBps
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    firefox, chrome, edge
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    malwarebytes

eelpout

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I'm having the same issue. on 22H2, Windows Explorer hovers around 10-11% most of the time, but often just goes to 20-25% "just because" :/. I do wonder whether it's either OneDrive or StarDock's Start11 that's the root cause.
 

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