This article was previously published under Q171068
This article has been archived. It is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
While you are working in Microsoft Word 97, a central processing unit (CPU)usage monitor may show the CPU running at near 100 percent on somecomputers.
This symptom occurs even while you are performing operations that are notperceived as CPU intensive, such as typing, running the proofing tools, orother similar common word processing tasks.
The Word 97 program generates many low-priority requests which keep the CPUat near 100-percent usage. Note, however, that because these requests arelow-priority, they will yield CPU time to any process that requests it.Therefore, this behavior will not affect your computer's performance.
Word 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1) does correct some causes of 100-percentCPU usage and will prevent 100-percent CPU usage from happening in somecases.
For additional information about SR-1, please see the following article inthe Microsoft Knowledge Base:
172475 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-1
If you are running the Intel Power Monitor software, you can force Word tocut back on CPU usage by using the Fix button on the Intel Power Monitor.
Running at 100-percent CPU usage does not make Word or other programs runslowly, because Microsoft Windows will preempt Word and give CPU time toother programs.
If you are running Word 97 on a laptop computer, your computer may consumeless power if you use Microsoft Word 97, Service Release 1. This version ofWord allows the CPU in your computer to return to an idle state morequickly, thus conserving battery power.
NOTE: Word will still hit 100-percent CPU usage when performing complextasks.
The third-party products discussed here are manufactured by vendorsindependent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise,regarding these products' performance or reliability.