Have you compared the processes list between your laptop and desktop? What
are the differences?
If, say, you are not running background AV searches on the laptop but are
on the desktop, then that explains it all. But be careful; a laptop and
desktop require entirely different sets of system files to be run so you are
looking for programs not of the operatng system.
Download, update and run the following programs (use Google to find them):
MSE from Microsoft, and
Spybot Search and Destroy, and
Start the machine from a cold boot and run each of those one at a time,
keeping track of what they remove. Always allow the programs to save them to
quarantine so you can undo the changes if you need to for troubleshooting
purposes or the addidental removal of something you wanted to keep.
All those programs are free and easy to understand. If you have any
questions about what they find, feel free to ask here before you delete
Maybe; it is hard to say. Autoruns and other such programs might tell a lot
more about what you have there in a more understandable way.
I'd hate to have to do a
Again, why would you consider a full re-install?
Include more information on your system in your response, including RAM
amount, free drive space and drive sizes, anything you think might be
relevant to your situation. And be certain to answer/respond to each point
asked/raised here. It will help others to help you.
It sounds like you have no other problems happening except you noticed the
drive light running a lot more than you expect.
First, this could be normal process such as background AV checks and/or
file indexing in process, especially if you only recently turned it on, or
made a lot of file deletions and/or additions to your system.
There are several other programs that could be running in the background,
thus keeping the drive busy. I have never seen a drive light be on when the
disk was not doing anything; it makes no sense.
These kinds of background tasks automatically stop if you want to use the
computer, allowing you full access to the cpu. it is all quite legitimate in
Yes, a list of the processes might be useful; it is hard to say and depends
on what they turn out to be.
An easier way to do that sort of thing would be to get Autoruns from
http://autoruns.en.softonic.com/ and install it. it will give you a lot more
information and makes it easier to test things. Every process windows loaded
at boot is listed, along with information about it.
WHY would you consider a reinstall if there are no other problems? You never
mentioned anything else wrong with your system, so I am betting on the above
being so in this case.
You could, of course, minimize the number of background tasks running but
you will have to figure out what a few of them are and not just kill tasks
willy nilly. 50 Tasks is not an unusual number of tasks to have running in
Another possibility is malware.
Did you update and run your AV program?
Which one do you use?