How to fix WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) high CPU usage on Windows 10?

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Issue: How to fix WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) high CPU usage on Windows 10?

Hello. I recently ran into a laptop overheating problem. When I checked my task manager, I noticed three WMI Provider Host sessions. Two of them are taking 1% – 2% of CPU, and the third one is devouring out to 30% CPU. I tried to end the process, but it immediately restarts by itself. This problem is causing overheating and lag issues, and my laptop is forced to reboot sometimes. What is this process and why is it taking so much of my CPU power? Is there any solution for this, please? Thanks in advance.

Solved Answer

WMI Provider Host is a vital process for Windows operating systems and can be seen running on the Task Manager frequently.  WMI stands for Windows Management Instrumentation and, while it is possible to disable the process completely, it should not be touched, or the operating system might encounter severe malfunctions.

Therefore, it is important not to disable the service altogether. If you are having problems with WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) high CPU usage, it is essential to identify the root cause of such behavior and eliminate it. We prepared a guide that can help you fix the problem.

WMI Provider Host process is a Windows feature that enables other software and scripts to request information about the OS, as well as data kept on it. This provides excellent functionality for software interaction and is extremely useful for corporations that centrally manage computers. However, not all applications use WMI Provider Host.

Initially, the process should not use a lot of CPU[1] or Memory. It can occasionally spike when another software or script is requesting information from the WMI. If the high usage is consistent, there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) high CPU usage on Windows 10 fix

In some cases, high CPU usage of WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) can be related to malware[2] infection. WmiPrvSE.exe should reside in C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\Wbem subfolder, and nowhere else. If it is located in Windows/System32, it is a trojan horse[3] that needs to be eliminated. We recommend using Reimage, or any other reputable security software that can detect and get rid of cyber infections.

Please proceed with the following steps to fix WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) high CPU usage on Windows 10.

Solution 1. Run anti-malware software

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Before you do anything, you should scan your system using anti-malware software. We recommend using Reimage, but any other reputable security tool will do. Before you perform the scan, enter Safe Mode with Networking the following way:

  • Right Click on Start button and select Settings
  • Then go to Update & Security > Recovery
  • Under Advanced Setup, click on Restart nowGo to Advanced Startup
  • After reboot, select the following: Troubleshoot Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart
  • After another reboot, you will see a list of options. Press 5 or F5 to enter Safe Mode with NetworkingPick Safe Mode with Networking

Launch anti-virus software and run full system scan.

Solution 2. Fix WMI Provider Host via Event Viewer

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  • Right-click on Start button and select Event Viewer
  • Go to Applications and Service Logs > Microsoft > WMI Activity
  • Look for errors and note down the ClientProcessID
  • Now, open Task Manager by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
  • Go to Services and locate the process with the same IDEnter Event Viewer
  • Shut the problematic process down by right-clicking and pressing Stop

Solution 3. Restart Windows Management Instrumentation service

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In some cases, a simple restart of the service might do the trick. Follow these steps to do so:

  • Press Windows key + R
  • Enter services.msc and click OK
  • Locate Windows Management Instrumentation process
  • Right-click and pick RestartWindows Management Instrumentation service
  • In Cortana's search box, type in cmd
  • Right-click on search results and select Run as administrator
  • Next, type in the following commands, pressing Enter after each one of them:

net stop iphlpsvc
net stop wscsvc
net stop Winmgmt
net start Winmgmt
net start wscsvc
net start iphlpsvc

  •  Restart your machine

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Lucia Danes
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Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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