Top 4 Methods to Fix: WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) High CPU Usage error

WMI Provider Host

Are you facing High CPU utilization because of “wmi provider Host” service? If yes, then you are at the right place, we will help you with the simple methods, which will troubleshoot the WMI provider host high CPU usage.

What is WMI Provider Host?

WMI is a “Windows management instrumentation service” (WmiPrvSE.exe) it is basically used in a production environment and also in the official environment infrastructure.

It is one of the important services running in the background of your windows 10 system, and it would be difficult to manage applications without this process. If it is stopped, many of the system’s functionalities may get fail.

Method 1: Restart Windows Management Instrumentation Service

  • Open the run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys and type services.msc and hit enter.

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  • Then the ‘services console‘ will get open, locate the Windows management instrumentation service, and right-click on it.

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  • Then select on the ‘Restart’ option to restart the services.
  • If You want then you can also stop the service from here but it is not recommended. So let it run and restart the computer and check the High CPU Usage is fix with this process.

Restart other related Services

  • Further, right-click on the start menu or press Windows + X keys select ‘Command Prompt (Admin)‘ run it as an administrator.
  • Some of the services you need to type in command prompt and hit enter after each command. check it below

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

Once you complete the steps, just Reboot or Restart your PC and check. This should help in dropping the High CPU usage and run your system in a smooth manner. If not, proceed to our next method.

Method 2: Clean Boot to find the Faulty Application

As you came to know from the above subtitle clean boot to identify the faulty application, it may be possible that certain applications might cause high CPU usage by ‘WMI provider host’.

In this method, we will be performing a Clean boot to find the application that is causing the high CPU usage. In this clean boot, the services which are important in the Boot process are loaded and extra services and applications are disabled.

  • Press Windows + R keys and open Run dialogue box and type msconfig and hit enter.

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  • Choose the “Services” tab and later you need to uncheck the “Hide all Microsoft Services” button.

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  • Once done, click on the “Disable All” tab and then on “OK“.

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  • After that click on startup tab and click on Open task manager.

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  • Then the task manager window will open, just move towards the startup tab.

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  • Then click on any application in the list that shows “Enabled” status, you have to disable it.
  • Just repeat the process for all the applications and restart the computer.
  • After restart check for the issue if persists, if you don’t encounter the high CPU usage again then it means that the third party application was causing the issue.

Method 3: Scan Computer with Antivirus for Malware

Some Malware or Virus may affect your system in a very bad way, which leads to slow down your computer or other devices and causing high CPU usage.

So you are having any antivirus like Symantec antivirus, Quickheal, Norton, etc, then run a full scan on your system and if you detect any unwanted programs or applications then remove it from your computer completely, and restart your computer.

Method 4: Locate Event viewer to identify the cause of the high CPU usage

The reason why we need to use Event Viewer to locate the high CPU usage is that the WMI fetches information from programs and other system components. so if the program or services tends to be unresponsive then WMI won’t be able to fetch the information, the request won’t go through, and that will lead to high CPU usage.

To avoid this, here we will show you the steps how you can disable Process ID and get rid from high CPU usage.

  • Press windows + X keys to open the winX window and opt for Event viewer option.

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Note: If you are using windows 7 operating system, search for Event Viewer in the Start Menu.

  • Click on the View tab of Event Viewer and enable the Show Analytic and Debug Logs option.

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  • Then locate to Applications and Service Logs > Microsoft > Windows > WMI Activity.

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  • Then locate to Operational log for WMI and search for possible errors and note down the ClientProcessID.

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  • Later close the Event viewer window and open the task manager and locate the services tab.

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  • and search for the service that has the same Process ID (PID) as the number(s) that followed the ClientProcessID term.
  • and then go to Control Panel Programs & Features and uninstall the program that was the culprit for.
  • Restart your computer and check if the issue persists.

FAQ: WMI Provider Host

1Can I stop WMI provider host?

WMI Provider Host is a system service, therefore, it cannot stopped.

2Is WMI provider host important?

WMI is an essential service of the computer running in the background of the Windows 10 system, and it becomes difficult for the system to manage the applications without this process. If it is stopped, many of the system’s functionalities will be of no use

3.Why is my CPU running so high?

High CPU usage can be many different problems. If a software or any application may be consuming an ample amount of processor, that tends to your system slow. A high CPU can also be a sign of a virus infection, which should be addressed urgently.

4Is Wmiprvse exe a virus?

Multiple instances of Wmiprvse.exe can run at the same time under different accounts: LocalSystem, NetworkService, or LocalService.


How did you find this article, hope found you interesting, we tried our best to in finding solutions on “WMI Provider Host” high CPU usage issue, try all of them until your issue get a fix. Thank you

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Nagraj is a Owner of Computer Topic is associated with the IT industry for a decade. He is Blogging since 2018, as a way to document all the issues he was troubleshooting while working in IT. He has come with a mission to help users who revolve around the tech issues.