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Windows Media Player 100% CPU Usage

A couple of days ago, Windows Media Player started running with 100% CPU usage, practically bringing the PC to a standstill. This was constantly at 100%, even when not playing anything.

The fix? Very simply, the problem lied with very large video libraries. My videos folder is 106 GB and my torrents folder is 48 GB. Both of these folders were monitored by Windows Media Player, as well as my music folder of 24 GB. So I deleted all the videos from the library and stopped the monitoring of those folders. Straight away, CPU usage went down to a normal level and the PC was functional again.

I don't know what the cut off is for a library size. However, it was fine until I started three new torrents, each of 8 GB. So I would say that a 100 GB library is fine, but going over that, you may find problems starting the larger you go.

Anyone got a Last.fm account?

If you have a Last.fm account, post a reply on here with a link to your user page. The more people the better!

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Here is my page. You can also see my recent tracks played here. That page automatically pulls data into my own database without a page reload, so if I'm playing music whilst you are on that page, it will automatically update the tracks. Awesome!

And here's another plan I have. Yes that's 2 in a week now! The plan is to add another field to users profile which can store their Last.fm username. Then on your profile page your recent tracks will be shown. I am sure there is more stuff that can be done with the data from Last.fm, I just can't think what else at the moment.  Any ideas? Please leave a comment.