Microsoft has added in a management control software called Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service, or WmiPrvSE for short. Recognize that name? If you know that process due to its abnormally high CPU utilization, then it is not a good memory you have there. So you are probably here reading this article because your system is freezing and slowing down due to the high resource consumption by the WmiPrvSE.exe process. I want to tell you that you are at the right place. Here are a few methods that I’ve compiled to Fix WMI provider host high cpu usage.
4 Ways to Fix WMI Provider Host High CPU Usage
Try Restarting the Windows Management Instrumentation Service
Restarting the service which is taking abnormal amounts of your CPU clock chunks can often lead to better results than before. So try and do that now. Go to start and enter services.msc and press are OK.
A list opens up. Search for and select Windows Management Instrumentation Service in the entries. Right click on it and select the restart option.
Doing this will effectively restart the various services and other components related to the WmiPrvSE.exe process and will probably solve the high CPU usage issue caused by it.
Restart Some Other Services
There are many other services related to WMI which could be running abnormally and causing the problem at hand. For that, you can use the command prompt.
Be sure to run it as an administrator by searching for cmd in the windows search, right click and select run as administrator option.
Now, to stop these services, use the following commands. Type them one by one and hit enter after each line:
net stop iphlpsvc
net stop Winmgmt
net stop wscsvc
net start Winmgmt
net start wscsvc
net start iphlpsvc
After each one, you should see a confirmation text like some service has been successfully stopped and the same when you enter the start commands, that the service has been successfully started.
One this is done, you can restart your computer and see if the changes had any effect on the WMI provider host high cpu usage.
If this method did not work either, move along to the next one down this list.
Check Your System for Malware
Sometimes, malware will infect your beloved computer and cause the otherwise innocent programs of your system to act abnormally.
High network usage or high CPU usage could very well be one of the typical symptoms of a malware infection.
So I suggest you check on it. Install some good malware detection and clean-up tools, like CCleaner for instance, or Malwarebytes.
Both of these software help us out in more ways than one. First, install a malware detection tool such as Malwarebytes. You can download the trial version of the tool from this link.
Install and run the program. It will automatically scan and remove malicious files if found. After that, install a cleaning software, like CCleaner.
Now run this tool, and under the cleaner tab, you will find several entries to be checked and cleared out. I recommend selecting all the check boxes under Internet, Multimedia, Utilities, and Windows.
Once selected, click on the Run Cleaner button and wait for the whole thing to complete its task.
Then select scan for issues. Once it comes up with some report on the system scan, instruct it to fix those things by the fix selected issues option.
CCleaner might ask if you want to save the changes made to the registry as a backup file, select yes. Smart kids always keep a backup of important things!
If this method did not work for you either, there are a few more tricks left up in my sleeve. Keep scrolling and try them out too.
Troubleshoot System Maintenance
To start your system maintenance troubleshooting wizard, head over to control panel from the WIN+X menu. There, click on the top left search bar and type something like troubleshoot.
Then select troubleshooting from the available search results. Once you run the troubleshooter for system maintenance, you will see a list of local services and their descriptions. Find and select the one we want that is the ‘System maintenance’ option.
Double click on it and run it. Complete the troubleshooter in the usual way by pressing next button once or twice. Let it finish and once it’s done, reboot your system. See if it did the trick.
If not, move on to the last method that I am aware of, in fixing this WMI provider host high cpu usage.
Use Event Viewer to Locate the Process Yourself
Open the even viewer first, by pressing WIN+R to enter the Run window and then type eventvwr.msc followed by the OK button.
Once the event viewer window has opened up, select view from the top action bar and select the Show Analytic and Debug Logs option from the menu.
Then, go to Applications and Services Logs and choose Microsoft > Windows > WMI-Activity. Within that file, there are three packages out of which you need to select the one that says Operational.
There might be numerous errors listed in the right window. Select one of the errors and make a note of its corresponding ClientProcessId.
Now we need to disable this process ID which is most likely consuming a ton of resources.
Open task manager and search for this process id in the services tab of the task manager window. You will get its name from there. Go and uninstall the same named application from Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Your system should be good now! Hope it solves WMI provider host high CPU usage issue for you.