How to fix AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)?

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Issue: How to fix AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)?

Hello. I recently updated my Windows 10 with the latest updates and noticed that it is working kind of slow. When I opened the task manager, I noticed that the process wsappx is taking around 30% of my CPU usage. When I clicked on it, it showed the AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) service. What is it, and can I shut it down? If not, how can I fix AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) service high CPU usage? Any help would be appreciated.

Solved Answer

Wsappx is a process that you can find running in the background (Task Manager) at any time when your Windows 10 or Windows 8/8.1 machine is turned on. It is an important part of the operating system and is responsible for installing, uninstalling, and updating Microsoft Store applications. Nevertheless, it is not needed when all of the mentioned operations are not in use.

AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) is of the services[1] that you can find running under the wsappx process in the Task Manager. If you are running Windows 8, you might also see Windows Store Service (WSService), while on Windows 10 you will encounter Client License Service (ClipSVC).

Regardless of what operating system you are running, however, AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) is the service that causes high CPU usage on the computer. However, turning it off might not be the optional solution, as Windows might be updating a variety of apps in the background. Besides, by disabling Wsappx services, you might cause Microsoft Store to malfunction altogether.

Fix AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)

You can fix AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) high CPU usage with the help of the tips we provide below. Nevertheless, no solutions are permanent, as Microsoft did not provide any explanations to why the wsappx is causing high resource usage.

Before you proceed with the following AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) fixes, you should make sure that the running process wsappx is not a virus (such as cryptojacker[2] that mines cryptocurrency for the attackers), as some malware can disguise itself as legitimate Windows processes.[3] To do that, scan your machine with anti-malware software, such as Reimage.

Fix 1. Update Windows to the latest version

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Outdated machines can cause a variety of problems, including AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) high CPU usage. Thus, make sure your operating system is up to date:

  • Right-click on Start and select Settings
  • Go to Updates & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait till Windows automatically installs the updates
  • Reboot your machineUpdate Windows

Fix 2. Edit Local Group Policy

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This option will disable automatic updates for Microsoft Store applications. This is not an optimal solution, but might help temporarily:

  • Pres Windows key + R
  • Type in gpedit.msc and ht Enter
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store
  • On the right pane, double-click on Turn off the Store application
  • In then newly opened window, pick Enabled option and click OKEdit Group Policy

Note: If you want to re-enable automatic updates for your Microsoft Store, go back to the Turn off the Store application policy, select Disabled option, and then click OK.

Fix 3. Stop apps from updating automatically via Microsoft Store app

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You can also disable automatic updates via the Store itself to fix AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) high CPU usage:

  • Open Microsoft Store
  • On the top-right corner, click on the See more (three horizontal dots)
  • Select Settings
  • Not toggle the switch Update apps automatically to the left to turn off automatic updatesTurn off automatic updates

Fix 4. Disable Superfetch feature

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Superfetch is not a mandatory service for Windows, although it does provide the necessary data for your apps fast. While useful, this feature can be disabled, and some users claimed that it helped them fix wsappx high CPU usage:

  • Pres Windows key + R
  • Type in services.msc and hit Enter
  • Scroll down and locate Superfetch
  • Right-click on it and select Properties
  • Under Startup type, pick Disabled
  • Click Stop and OKDisable Superfetch

Fix 5. Disable Windows Search

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If disabling Superfetch did not work for you and you are still having issues with high CPU usage, disable Windows Search service:

  • Go back to Service list and locate Windows Search
  • Right-click on it and select Properties
  • Under Startup type, pick Disabled
  • Click Stop and OKDisable Windows Search

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