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svchost.exe is using too much CPU and RAM in Win 7

This happens because of Windows Update in Windows 7 (or Windows Server 2008 R2), Microsoft have released an update to fix this issue.

Other symptoms of this issue is that windows update seems to be stuck, or unable to search for new updates.

You can download the fix from here:


Important note 1: Some people have reported that this fix released by Microsoft does not fix the issue completely, and the only solution is to disable windows updates and leave it disabled (how to disable windows updates is posted at the bottom of this post), however, this could potentially lead to security issues and is not recommended unless you what you are doing.

Important note 2: if while installing the fix from the link above you get stuck at ‘searching for updates on your computer‘ or a similar message, you may need to disable updates temporarily first.

To disable windows updates, go to Control Panel, select Windows Update, from the left, select change settings, from the drop down box select “Never check for updates”, and then restart the computer for this new change to take effect.

After disabling windows updates and applying the fix, it is recommended to re-enable it again.

Why is Power-on-hours SMART attribute not increasing on Intel or Sandforce SSD ?

After running some drives for a whole day, I noticed that power-on hours (SMART attribute 09h in some drives), has only increased 2 hours, which is really strange, so, I checked a manual for an Intel SSD, to find what does the SATA SMART attributes means exactly, and found this:

09h Power-On Hours Count

The raw value reports two values: the first 4 bytes report the cumulative number of power-on hours over the life of the device, the remaining bytes report the number of milliseconds since the last hour increment.

The On/Off status of the Device Initiated Power Management (DIPM) feature will affect the number of hours reported. If DIPM is turned On, the recorded value for power-on hours does not include the time that the device is in a “slumber” state. If DIPM is turned Off, the recorded value for power-on hours should match the clock time, as all three device states are counted: active, idle and slumber.

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Fixing the (0xc0150002) error

Here is the solution for this error:

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0150002). Click OK to close the application.

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