Service Host Local System High CPU [Resolved]

Service Host: Local System is a number of system processes that functions automatically by the device. It involves processes such as several required system services and Windows Auto-update that take up huge disk, memory, and RAM, etc. Most of the users have reported that the Service Host: Local System process can take a huge amount of CPU and RAM resources and come across the “Service host local system high CPU” issue on the task manager. This can also cause high CPU usage on your device. 

On encountering this problem, the system performances very slow and the overall situation is very annoying. 

This issue can be caused due to various reasons such as a corrupted system or registry files, third applications, an outdated version of the driver, etc. 

How to Fix Service Host Local System High CPU Usage Issue on Windows 10?

Before starting the solution part, at first, you should restart the device. Sometimes, restarting the Windows 10 system can also resolve the various issues that you might have encountered. 

In case the problem still occurs after restarting the system, then you can try other solutions. Below are listed most of the effective procedures that can help you to solve the service host local system high CPU issue on Windows 10:

Procedure 1 – Turn Off Superfetch Service

Turn Off Superfetch Service

According to the users, if the Superfetch service is running, then you can come across the Windows 10 service host local system high CPU issue. Therefore, you should disable it at the earliest. Hence, perform the given steps:

  • Press Win + R buttons together to launch the Run box.
  • Type services.msc and then click on the OK button or hit the Enter button.
  • From the Services window, locate and right-click on the Superfetch service and then select the Stop option.
  • After doing this, reboot your computer and then check if the issue is solved or not. 

Procedure 2 – Ending SVChost

Ending SVChost

Ending the SVChost can fix this issue on the Windows system. To do that, follow these instructions.

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc buttons together to launch the Task Manager.
  • Click on the More Details option to expand the Task Manager. 
  • Look for the “Service Host: Local System” under the Processes tab and select it. 
  • After that, click on the End Task option. 

Procedure 3 – Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter can easily solve the “service host local system high CPU” issue on Windows 10. The following steps will help you out:

  • Press the Start button and click on the Settings icon.
  • From the Settings window, double-click on the Update & Security section and then select the Troubleshoot tab.
  • Scroll down the page until you find the Windows Update troubleshooter, select it. After that, click on the Run the Troubleshooter option. 
  • Once the troubleshooting process is finished, reboot the Windows 10 PC.

Procedure 4 – Restart the Windows Update Service

Restart the Windows Update Service

If the Windows update service is stopped running then, you might come across this problem on your Windows 10 system. Therefore, you should restart the service at the earliest. To know more, about it follow these directions as instructed below:

  • Press the Start button and X key to launch the WinX menu list and select the Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type the following commands and then press the Enter button after typing each.
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop bits
  • After executing these commands, minimize the Command Prompt window.
  • Then, press the Win + E buttons at the same time to launch the File Explorer window and go to the following path C: Windows > SoftwareDistribution directory.
  • On that folder, select all the files and then press the Delete button to remove them.
  • After removing this, go back to the Command Prompt window.
  • Then, type the following commands and hit the Enter key after typing each.
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start bits
  • Once these commands are executed, reboot your device and then check if the issue still triggers or not. 

Procedure 5 – Change the Processor Scheduling

Change the Processor Scheduling

By changing the processor scheduling, you can easily get rid of the service host local system high CPU usage on Windows 10 device. The following steps will help you out:

  • Open the Search box, type advanced and then select the View advanced system settings.
  • From the System Properties window, click on the Settings option under the Performance section.
  • Then, navigate to the Advanced tab and set the “Adjust for best performance of” is to Programs under the Processor scheduling section.
  • After following these steps, click on the Apply button and then hit the OK option.

Procedure 6 – Perform a Clean Boot

Perform a Clean Boot

Third-party services or applications can also result in this issue. Therefore, perform a clean boot to solve this issue at the earliest. So, let’s take a look at the steps cited below:

  • Press the Start button and R key to launch the Run box.
  • Type msconfig and then hit the Enter button or click on the OK option.
  • When you are in the System Configuration window, move to the Services tab and tick on the box next to the Hide all Microsoft Services and then click on the Disable all option.
  • Next, go to the Startup tab and click on the Open Task Manager link.
  • Once the Task Manager window opens up, right-click on the startup applications one by one and then select the Disable option. 
  • After doing this, close the Task Manager window and go back to the System Configuration window.
  • On that window, click on the Apply option and followed by the OK button to save the changes. 

Procedure 7 – End Unnecessary HP Processes

End Unnecessary HP Processes

At times ending unnecessary HP processes can be effective to solve the high CPU usage problem on your computer. Below are some steps that you can follow:

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc buttons together to launch the Task Manager.
  • Search for any HP processes under the Processes tab.
  • Select it and then click on the End Task option to end this process successfully. 
  • Once you are done with these directions, check if the issue is resolved or not. 

Procedure 8 – Turn Off Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Turn Off Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Sometimes, if the Background Intelligent Transfer service is turned on then you might come across this issue. So, turn it off on the Windows 10 device. Then, follow these directions:

  • Press Win + R buttons at the same time to launch the Run box.
  • Type msconfig and then press the Enter button or click on the OK option.
  • When you are in the System Configuration window, navigate to the Services tab and look for the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, untick it. 
  • After following these steps, click on the Apply button and then OK option to save the changes. 

Procedure 9 – Perform the SFC and DISM Tool

Perform the SFC and DISM Tool

Corrupted registry files can also cause the service host: the local system is causing high CPU usage problem on your system. Therefore, you should repair those files by performing the SFC scan and DISM tool. To perform that:

  • Right-click on the Start icon and select the Command Prompt(Admin).
  • When the Command Prompt window opens, type SFC/scannow and then press the Enter key.
  • Once the scanning process is done, reboot the computer.

After performing the SFC tool if the problem still appears then you can try to perform the DISM tool by following the steps as stated below:

  • Open the Command Prompt window.
  • Type dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and then hit the Enter key. 
  • This process will take a few seconds to finish. 
  • After completing this, restart the device and then check if the problem still shows up or not.