This problem has persisted for quite some time now... OS: Win 7 Pro 64 bit MSDNAA product key, all critical updates of course Comp: MSI-171 GX710 Every so often, as in every other boot or every three startups, or as today would have it every single time I boot up until I get fed up enough to come here, my CPU frequency is peaked out at an invariable 100% and my RAM usage steadily climbs from where it starts around 900MB-1GB until it too is maxed, and that is where my system crashes (to better define crash, black screen for a few seconds, and then it powers off instantly). I have attached a screenshot for reference. ugh, I hate seeing that chart. the cpu is maxed, its hard to see because its just a flat line hugging the top of the grid. lol. I have analyzed my resource monitor to watch this unfold many-a-time, and the process that is eating RAM is non-other than svchost. My CPU is getting killed by dwm. I can end and restart the latter but srvhost or svchost or whatever it is, is a system process. Not that the first one proved effective, but dammit ill get this machine to do what its told one way or another. That's where you guys come in I have taken my college cert course for Windows 7 Administration (not the advanced cert, thts what the teach had ;p) and so I am fully capable of obtaining any information or performing any experiments any reporting back, provided you have the ideas! Because I do not. I am not at all a programmer, I can do fun little things with HTML, play with databases, and I used to write rubikon scripts when I was remaking a GBA game back in the day, so Im sure there are things happening in powershell and visual basic that you guys will be better at troubleshooting than I am. Thanks in advance for anything!