Fix: WMI Provider Host High CPU Usage [WmiPrvSe.exe]

Getting high CPU usage when running demanding software, rendering or editing is not a new thing. But, if your CPU is going full power without any background application or because of a service, is a problem. Well, there are several Windows services that can force your CPU usage to crank up to 100%, one of which is WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSe.exe).

The WMI Provider Host is an essential Windows service, which often has high CPU usage. But forcing it to run at 100% for longer duration is not a good thing. Usually, it is preferred to turn off the services, but the WMI Provider Host is an important service. And, turning it off will force much software to misbehave o malfunction.

So, how exactly we can fix WmiPrvSe.exe high CPU Usage? Well, the problem at hand might be bad but it is easy to fix it. All, you have to do is follow the following given methods and you will be done in less than 10 minutes.

What is WMI Provider Host?

The WMI Provider Host or Window Management Instrumentation Provider Service is an essential Windows service, responsible for sharing data about your PC to other programs. This service supports actions like change in security settings, system properties, scheduling processes, enabling/disabling error login and many more. Without this service, many programs/software will not function due to lack of information.


You can find this service with the name “WMIPrvSE.exe” in your Task Manager.  The usual location for this service is in System32. But, in case you happen to find it anywhere else, then it is a Malware Virus disguising as this service. If so, run delete the file and run a full system scan to be on the safe side.

With that aside, let us get back to solving the problem in hand.

How to Fix WMI Provider Host High CPU Usage

We have listed down all the possible fixes to WMI Provider Host cpu/disk issue in Windows 10/8/7.

1. Run Troubleshooter to Fix WmiPrvSe.exe High CPU Usage in Windows 10

When facing such type of error, it is often recommended to take your chances on Windows troubleshooter. Thanks, to Microsoft we have over 20 different types of troubleshooters. And for this error, you can count on System Maintenance Troubleshooter and System Performance Troubleshooter.

System Maintenance Troubleshooter

As the name suggests, the System Maintenance Troubleshooter solves issues related to maintenance such as unused icons, broken software, disk volumes, etc. To run this troubleshooter-

  • Open Run by pressing Windows + R.

  • Now, copy/paste msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic and press Enter.  

  • Click on Next to run the program.

System Performace Troubleshooter

The System Performance Troubleshooter takes care of things that might slow down your PC. This is an extremely handy tool and an important one for this issue. To run this troubleshooter-

  •  Again, open Run by pressing Windows + R.

  • Now, type in msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic and press Enter.  

  • Click on Next to run the tool and wait for it to finish.
  • Now, reboot your PC and see if the problem persists.

2. Restart the Service

If the troubleshooter did not help, then you can try restarting the WMIPrvSE.exe service. This will force restart the service and might ix the issue. To do so,

  •  Open Run, type in services.msc and press Enter.

  • Under Services, locate Windows Management Instrumentation.

  • Right-click on it and select Restart.

Now open Task Manager and see if the problem persists.

3. Find the Source

If somehow, the above methods are unable to solve the issue, then you can rely on Event viewer. The Event viewer lets you access event logs on local or remote machine which helps to find the source of the offending process.

  •  You can open the Event Viewer by pressing Windows + X and selecting the Event Viewer.


  • Under View click on Show analytic debug log.

  • Now navigate to Application and Services-> Microsoft -> Windows-> WMI Activity and double-click on Operational.


  • Now search for Error under Level in the log and write down there client process ID.
  • Go to Task Manage -> Services and click on PID next to Name section.

  • Find the matching processor ID as in Event Viewer and stop the process.


4. Disable WMI Provider Host

Note-: This process is not recommended at all! 

The WMI Provider Host is an essential service, and just like other services, this service can also be stopped or disabled. Even though it is highly not recommended you can do it via several methods. The one we will use in via using service.msc. To do so,

  •  Press Windows + R to open Run and type in service.msc.  
  • In the Service Windows, locate Windows Management Instrumentation.

  • Right-click -> Properties.

  • In Properties, click on Stop in the Service status.

  •  Now under Status Type, select Disabled, then Apply and OK.



The Bottom Line

The WMI Provider Host or WMIPrvSE.exe is an essential service, without which several programs or software will not function. In a normal scenario, this service use about 15% of CPU or can go up to 50% in case of multiple-use.  But even such high usage is for short term. If the usage goes above 50% for a longer period of time then we get the issue.  And you can always rely on task manager for the source.

In case high CPU usage is caused due to any other reason, you can check my other posts for the solution. Well, you can always find a solution as long as you know the source of the problem.

With that said, I hope this article was helpful and these methods, came in handy. If you have any suggestion to make or any questions to ask, feel free to comment down below.

Thanks for reading this article and have a wonderful day!

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