Windows 10: Timing of PC usage

Discus and support Timing of PC usage in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi Sometimes I get carried away with my PC activity, and forget to take breaks as often as I know would be good for me. I'm pretty sure there is... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by robocop, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. robocop Win User

    Timing of PC usage


    Hi

    Sometimes I get carried away with my PC activity, and forget to take breaks as often as I know would be good for me. I'm pretty sure there is nothing built in to Win 10 that can do this?? but I would like to be able to set an alert using a script/app/utility which measures my keyboard/mouse activity, and after xx minutes of continued activity, give me a pop up or alert to remind me xx minutes has passed - i.e. time to look up from the screen/take a break etc.

    I previously posted about recording PC usage time Timing/recording Windows 10 usage and was recommended ActivTrak, which has been great. One of it's features is that it can monitor a specific app (e.g. Outlook) and provide a pop up after xx minutes. ActivTrak is good at providing keyboard/mouse activity for a day but there is no option to provide an alert for continuous keyboard/mouse activity across entire Windows/multiple apps.

    Please does anyone know of any tool that can do this?

    Thank you

    :)
     
    robocop, Sep 6, 2019
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  2. PC Build Steps

    Ok just because I like steps i am going to create some steps. Please give me the stamp of approval/disapproval
    • Install system in case
      • Remember to connect SSD and optical to same SATA ports on motherboard
    • Turn on PC
    • setup HDD
    • run blend test in prime95 for 30-60 min
      • run realtemp at the same time
    • While in Prime95 test
      • if CPU goes above 70c in RealTemp, I have a leaky CPU
      • if my system locks up or blue screens, there is an instability in the system somewhere
      • if my system does not lock up or blue screen, my CPU is not damaged and I am in the clear!
    What do you guys think??
     
    anandsap123, Sep 6, 2019
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  3. How fix 4-times-higher CPU usage at idle?


    Yes, I have noticed negative effects on my PC's performance:

    -Browsing is slower when I open multiple tabs rapidly. I do this a lot (I research multiple links in online articles).

    -My PC gets much hotter, and stays hot--so much hotter that I have to turn it off.

    After the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the 39% CPU usage screen shot of my Process Manager was when I was doing nothing--no browsing, word processing, etc. Before I took the screen shots, I closed all application programs. My machine was leveled out, as you better describe it (the screen shots were taken 5 minutes after my PC first leveled out). My PC is 39% CPU usage when leveled out; never lower.

    Before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, my PC was 10% CPU usage when it leveled out. And it stayed there.

    1 other PC we have with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (same model as my PC) *HAS* the 39%-CPU-usage-at-idle problem.

    2 other PCs we have with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (different brands) DO *NOT* HAVE the 39%-CPU-usage-at-idle problem. They have only 10% CPU usage at idle.

    [NOTE I've no software to my PC after the Anniversary Update. My programs, etc. the are same as before.]

    Any ideas on what to do to fix my high CPU usage?:
    -use Process Explorer? (how do I use it in this case?)
    -reinstall hardware drivers? (which ones?)
    -suspend certain services? (which ones?)

    I've seen comments suggesting each of the above ideas. I need step-by-step instructions (ideally screen shots) for Process Explorer. For drivers & services, which do I try?

    Any ideas on the above possible fixes OR better fixes for my high-CPU-at-idle problem? I'd really appreciate them
     
    FuturePerfect, Sep 6, 2019
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  4. RCoon Win User

    Timing of PC usage

    PC Build Steps

    1.1 - Ideally put optical in SATA 0, and SSD in SATA 1, this will cause the optical drive to be the default 1st boot option. You can change it manually if not, but I like it this way
    2.infinity - yes, that's fine. if it's above 70 +/- 5 degrees, then it may just need a repaste/remount
     
    RCoon, Sep 6, 2019
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