Some answers to your questions:
- I do not believe I have experienced this issue before this version.
- I do not have an antivirus client installed
So far, I haven’t figured out the patterns, however, this is when I notice the spikes:
- Trying to change branches, with two files conflicting, getting the message that I need to stash changes. It spikes for roughly one minute.
- I minimized SM, worked on another program, and clicked on the minimized taskbar icon. It spiked the CPU usage and didn’t respond for roughly a minute to two minutes.
The aero theme is a good question, and I’m a little off of my Windows terminology. If the aero theme has a circular start menu, then yes, it’s using the aero theme.