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Windows XP Pro & Athlon 64

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I've had my Athlon 64 3000+ for a week now and have started noticing problems with Windows XP Pro (SP2).
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I did a fresh install of XP when I installed the hardware and had no problems during install etc.
But now I've noticed, even when pc is idle, explorer.exe hogs the cpu (99%) and memory usage shoots to 200mb. I have to kill the process and then rerun explorer.exe to get the system back to normal.
Is there anything that could be causing this?
When this is happening I don't have any programs running.
All of my drives have been defragged and anti-virus is up-to-date.
I've got all of the latest drivers for motherboard, cpu etc.

Would I be better to get windows xp 64-bit?

PS. Cpu temp is normally around 29 - 33 centigrade when idle and hasn't gone over 40 even under load, so it cant be a problem without overheating etc.
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I doubt Windows itself is the cause of the problem. Try scanning for spyware, run msconfig to make sure only what you want to start with your comp is enabled. You can also try a reformat or reinstall Windows. Going to the 64-bit version of Windows would not be a good idea as it is incomplete and lacks the driver base that XP has.
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