Windows users often report that their computer is running slowly. Mostly, when they open Task Manager, they locate that the TiWorker.exe process is causing this problem.
TiWorker.exe is using too many resources of the system and results in high CPU (and disk) usage. So, if you are also stuck with the same problem, then you will definitely want to know What is TiWorker.exe and how to get rid of this problem.
What is TiWorker.exe?
The TiWorker.exe process or file is a software component of Microsoft that comes from the ‘TrustedInstaller.exe” process. It is also known as Windows Module Installer which is related to Windows Update.
This process manages the removal and installation of the Windows system update and another component of the system. When the OS is downloading and installing the latest update, the TiWorker.exe process takes up system resources in the background of the system.
As we have mentioned earlier, this process might cause high CPU or disk usage if you are a user of Windows 10. It occurs because of Windows 10 downloads and installs its latest version automatically as well as regularly. This issue mainly results from the Windows Update.
Fix: High CPU or Disk Usage by TiWorker.exe [6 Easy Hacks]
Following are the troubleshooting hacks through which you can easily fix the TiWorker.exe high CPU usage problem on Windows 10. Hence, you can perform the below methods one-by-one in their respective order to get rid of this issue effectively:
Fix 1: Install all Available Updates
As we know, Windows Update is one of the major culprits that trigger this issue to arise, you can start by installing all the available updates. Here’s how to do this:
- First and foremost, navigate to the Start menu.
- Then, click on the Settings (gear-shaped) icon.
- Afterward, navigate to the ‘Update & Security’ category.
- Tap on the ‘Check for updates’ button from the next page.
So, if there are any latest updates available, it will download and install that by itself. Once done, you can check if the computer is started to run normally.
Fix 2: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows update troubleshooter is an in-built tool of Windows OS that can help you to troubleshoot any problems related to Windows update. Hence, you can run this tool to get rid of this problem:
- In the beginning, press the R and Win key both at the same time from the keyboard to launch the Run the Command box.
- Afterward, type “control” in the Run box and then press the Enter key from the keyboard to proceed.
- Go to the upper right pane of the screen and click on the drop-down button of the ‘View by’ category. Choose the ‘Large icons’ option from the list.
- Click on the Troubleshooting button and then go to the ‘System and Security’ section.
- Now, choose the ‘Fix problems with Windows Update’ option.
- Once it opens the pop-up window, you can perform Windows Update Troubleshooting by following the on-screen prompts.
Wait for a few times, until the troubleshooting process finishes.
Fix 3: Restart Windows Update Service
Another workaround that you can perform is to restart the Windows Update Service. It will reset Windows Update and get you back to the normal state.
How to Restart Windows Update Service?
- First of all, open the Run Command box and then type “services.msc” in the input box.
- Afterward, click on the OK button (else, you can also press the Enter key from the keyboard to continue).
- It will then navigate you to the Services window. Here, you will see the list of all the services that are running on the system.
- Search for the ‘Windows Update’ service scrolling down the list of services. Once you get that, right-click on it and select the ‘Restart’ option from the list.
Wait for a few seconds until the process restarts. Afterward, if you see that the system is still responding slow, then you can move on to the further solutions described below.
Fix 4: Clear Windows Update Files
When the Windows update process is running, then the system saves the downloaded file in a specific folder, called SoftwareDistribution. If some of the files inside the SoftwareDistribution folder get damaged or corrupted, then you might encounter this issue.
Hence, you can solve this problem easily by clearing the Windows Update files from the SoftwareDistribution folder. Here are the steps to perform:
- First, perform Step 1 and 2 from the previous solution.
- Then, tap on the ‘Windows Update’ service and then click on the Stop button to stop the service.
- Now, open File Explorer and go to the location ‘C:\Windows.’ Then, find the SoftwareDistribution folder and remove this from the system.
- Thereafter, you can restart the computer and then check if the issue is resolved or not.
Fix 5: Run SFC or System File Checker
You can also solve this problem by running the System File Checker. It is an in-built tool of Windows OS that helps the users to scan the entire system for any corrupted system files.
To run the SFC checker, first, go to the Start menu. Then, type “command prompt” in the search bar. Once the ‘Command Prompt’ option appears, choose the ‘Run as Administrator’ option from the list to open elevated Command Prompt.
After opening the Command Prompt window, type “sfc /snannow” in the command line and press the Enter key from the keyboard to execute the command.
It will take at least 40-50 minutes time to complete the scanning process. Once the scanning process completes, you will get two messages on the screen:
“Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.”
If you are getting this message, then you don’t need to take any further action.
But, if you are noticing a message that is starting with “Windows Resource Protection Found Corrupt Files…”, then type the command “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” in the Command line. Then, hit the Enter key to run this.
Now, the system will ask you that the cleanup operation is completed successfully. Afterward, restart the system and check whether the problem is fixed.