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    The issue and the workaround I have found works):-

    Noticed that Task Manager in both User and Admin logins launches as normal, but when closing it the  white background window (with control buttons) remains for c.8-20 seconds (depending on cpu  utilisation), plus cpu % climbs to 100% in steps after the first 4-seconds

    Taskbar is a bit slower also, but not quite as bad…although improvement is noticeable if you are looking for it.

    I tried an update to latest Nvidia drivers, I removed the existing ones using latest DDU in safe mode first (with ethernet cable out as well) (v517.xx)– no change…

    I ran SFC/SCANNOW and ‘DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth’ both found no problems

    The issue is so specific, i.e., only the Taskbar Tray Icon area is slow to load (the translucent

    background loads first then the black menu).

    *****[WORKAROUND – Turn OFF the Taskbar Search Box, i.e. ‘Search Icon Only’]*****


    • I found this out by first limiting my use of the notifications tray area (where the clock lives for newbies) by making all the most important tray icons to stay always visible, but then I wanted to make some more room on the taskbar so changed from the ‘search box’ to the search icon only option on the task bar context menu.
    • I have tested this issue with it on and with off (see also below); it immediately returns when ON and immediately disappears when OFF.
    • This was repeatable between
      1. Multiple restarts and cold starts.
      2. Between both my computer accounts; i.e.; both the local administrator and the standard local user account (daily driver).
    • I have informed MS via Feedback hub, hopefully they fix this annoyance.
    • For ref. system spec (Win10 Pro 21H2, AMD R5 3600X, 32GB Corsair Vengeance 3200CL16, Samsung 970Pro, Gigabyte Aorus Pro Motherboard + 1660Ti Windforce OC,  so not esoteric spec machine!
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    • #2485408

      Hi TheExpanseIsBrilliant:

      Are you certain your issue is connected to one of the September 2022 Patch Tuesday Updates released on 13-Sep-2022? I also have a Win 10 Pro v21H2 OS and don’t see any of the issues you describe (e.g., high CPU and delay when closing Task Manager) when my Taskbar Search Box is turned ON.

      See my post # 2478258 in Susan Bradley’s September Updates Get Released for a list of updates that were installed by Windows Update on my Win 10 Pro v21H2 machine on 15-Sep-2022.
      Dell Inspiron 5584 * 64-bit Win 10 Pro v21H2 build 19044.2006 * Firefox v105.0.2 * Microsoft Defender v4.18.2207.7-1.1.19600.3 * Malwarebytes Premium v4.5.14.210-1.0.1772 * Intel i5-8265U CPU * 8 GB RAM * 256 GB Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe SSD * Intel UHD Graphics 620

      • #2488250

        It all started on 2022/09/30, I keep system logs in Notepad++. I note all installs and sys.config changes for this very purpose.

        The only software updated during that period according to my system config logs (I record all driver/system software etc installs), ‘Installed Updates’ (Control Panel) was on 2022/09/27 (KB5017022, KB5017308 and the servicing stack update 10.0.19041.1940) so yes this was the cause. see also the subsequent other person with the same issue w.r.t. System Tray.

        As for your enviable experience, given the inherent permutations and combinations of hardware / firmware / drivers etc. it is entirely conceivable that there will be a spectrum of affected systems and variability in the extent to which they are affected.

        Perfect example… ‘Bruce’ (the commenter after yours) has this issue partially… so one with all the symptoms (Me), one with some (Bruce) and one with none… (you)

        It is great, you have no issues… I envy you, but I did not really post this for those that have no issues, I did so the others e.g. ‘Bruce’ so they could get a ‘fix’ without the pain of trying other things (as I did for hours!… ) and this ‘Fix’ takes all of 15 seconds to apply so where is the harm…?

        All the best for the future.

    • #2486998

      Thanks.  The workaround gets rid of the delay opening the system tray.  I would prefer to show the search box, but I can live with the workaround until Microsoft fixes the issue.

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