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Here is the situation. Got two computers, A and B. Both running Windows XP Professional SP3.

I installed the drivers of a wireless printer on A (HP Photosmart 5525 e-All-in-One). I added it to A's list of printers, and shared it on the network.

On computer B I added this shared printer.

Problem: when I start both computers, a minute after they boot, process svchost.exe hogs 100% of CPU. If I ended it manually, everything goes back to normal, it doesn't start again. If I don't stop it, they become unusable. I used Process Explorer to inspect the services of the process, and all I recall is seeing things related to the internet and network communications.

Here's what I tried:

  • Set printer's IP address to "static" (IDK what is the benefit of doing this, but HP said it was a good idea...)
  • Removed drivers
  • Disconnected printer from power
  • Restored both computers (!!) to a point where the printer wasn't even there

.. and I'm out of ideas, the problem won't go away.

Please, if you need more information, just ask.

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this can be WU related: blogs.technet.com/b/roplatforms/archive/2010/10/04/… XP doesn't have the required APIs to use xperf to trace this in detail. –  magicandre1981 Dec 13 '13 at 5:08
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