What is WMI Provider Host and How to Fix High CPU Usage on Windows?

WMI provider host is the condensation for the Windows Management Instrumentation provider service. Without this service, you might not be able to run any kind of application on your computer. Because of faulty components and drivers, the provider host stops working and for this, the computer will respond slowly.

Because of the WMI provider host high CPU error, you might face that the notifications are not alerting you anymore. So, you need to solve the matter as soon as possible or else your computer will not work in the future.

Solutions for WMI Provider Host High CPU Windows 10 Issue

Try the following solutions to get rid of the WMI provider host high CPU issue easily.

Solution 1: Restart the WMI service 

To fix the WMI provider host windows 10 issue, you need to restart the Windows Management Instruction service. Here are the steps that you need to follow. 

  • At first, tap down the Windows+R keys at the same time to open the Run bar window. 
  • In the Run bar, type “service.msc” and then, press the Enter button. 
  • Now, locate the Windows Management Instrumentation option among the available services, and right-click on it.
  • From the pop-up menu select the “Restart” option.

Now, check whether your computer performance gets better or not.

Solution 2: Repair and Rebuild Windows Management Instrumentation 

Go through the following steps to solve this WMI provider host issue:

  • At first, press down the Windows key to activate the Windows search box.  
  • In the search box, type run and then choose the Run option to open the dialogue box. 
  • Now type the below-mentioned command without quotes and press the Enter key. 

Winmgmt /salvagerepository %windir%\System32\wbem

  • If nothing happens, enter the below-mentioned command in the Run bar and click on OK.

Winmgmt /resetrepository %windir%\System32\wbem

  • In the end, restart your computer and check if the problem persists or not. 

Solution 3: Uninstall Problematic Programs and Drivers 

If there are any problematic programs present on your computer, then this is another case for which the WMI provider host high CPU issue arises. To solve this problem, you need to identify the problematic programs, first and then remove that from your computer.

Follow the below-mentioned steps properly. 

  • First of all, press down the Windows button along with the letter R.
  • Next, in the Run bar type Event.vwr.exe and click on OK.
  • After that, go to the View tab and select the “Show Analytic and Debug Logs” option. 
  • Now, from the left-hand pane click on “Applications and Service Logs” and then, double-click on the Microsoft option.  
  • Thereafter, open the Windows folder. 
  • Now, locate the WMI Activity option and click on it.
  • Double-click on “Operational” and write the event ID as Error. 
  • Now, open the Task Manager window. For it, press the Win and X key at the same time. 
  • Thereafter, click on the Services tab. Next, go to the processes with matching IDs as marked Error in the Event Viewer. 
  • In the end, remove the service and for that, select either Uninstall or the Disable option. 

Solution 4: Boot into Safe Mode 

The cause of the WMI provider host high CPU issue can be identified by running the Windows into Safe mode. As the safe mode run the Windows OS excluding all the non-essential programs on your computer.

To run the Windows in Safe mode you need to allow the following steps:

  • Press down the Windows logo key and the letter R key at the same time. After that, go to the Search box and type msconfig in it. Then, hit the Enter key. 
  • Now, go to the Boot tab and select the box for the Safe boot. After that, choose the Network option. Select Apply> OK. Now, save all the remaining tasks. 
  • After saving your files, Restart your PC.
  • Once the computer turns on, press the Windows logo key and the letter X key simultaneously. After that, you need to select the Windows PowerShell (Admin). 
  • In the end, type the following command and hit the Enter key. 

  msdt.exe  -id MaintenanceDiagnostic. 

  • Now, to run the troubleshoot hit the Next button.
  • To continue, in the PowerShell window, type the below-mentioned command. After that, hit the Enter key.

msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic

  • Now, select the Next option to let the troubleshooting run.
  • After finishing the troubleshooting procedure, boot into the normal mode. After that, go to the “Boot” tab and empty the box for the Safe Boot. 
  • Then click on Apply> OK.

Finally, restart your computer into the normal mode and hopefully, your problem will be resolved. 

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