How to Fix WMI Provider Host High CPU Usage

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WMI Provider Host WmiPrvSE is a Windows host management process used by developers for monitoring purposes.

This behavior typically occurs in a production environment. After upgrading from Windows 7 to 10, many users have noticed that the increased CPU usage causes the system to slow down, get hot and slow down. My personal guess is that this issue is due to anomalous behavior of this service that does not follow the expected pattern of this service.

To resolve this issue, run some basic commands at the command prompt and restart the Windows Management Instrumentation Service.

Repair Corrupt Files

Download and run Restoro to scan, repair and restore corrupted or missing files from here and then see if the WmiPrvSE process usage is reduced. If not, try the other solutions listed below.

Restarting the Windows Management Instrumentation Service

Hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press R. In the run dialog, type services.msc


From the service console. Find the Windows Management Instrumentation Service. I usually click on one of the services and then press the W button to access the services that start with the word W. Then run a quick scan to find what you need.


Then select Restart to restart the service. You can stop the service from here if you wish, but we do not recommend it. So let it run, and we use this process to fix the high CPU utilization issue.

Restart Other Associated Services

When you’re done, hover your mouse over the start button in the lower left corner (right-click). The context menu opens. Select Command Prompt (Admin) here.

In the command prompt window that opens; type the following commands one at a time. Press Enter after each command.

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

I will do it once. Please restart your PC and check. This will significantly reduce the process and allow the CPU to be used successfully again. If not, proceed to the next method below.

Perform a Clean Boot to Identify a Faulty Application

Certain applications may be causing high CPU utilization by the WMI Provide Host. Therefore, this step performs a clean restart and isolates the application that is causing the overuse. A clean boot loads only the services that are important to the boot process and deactivates additional services and applications. To do a clean boot:

  1. Log in to the computer with an Administrator account.
  2. Press “Windows” + “R” to open up the “RUN” prompt.

3.Type in “msconfig” and press “Enter“.

4.Click on the “Services” option and uncheck the “Hide all Microsoft Services” button.

5.Click on the “Disable All” option and then on “OK“.

6.Click on the “Startup” tab and click on the “Open Task Manager” option.

7.Click on the “Startup” button in the task manager.

8.Click on any application in the list that has “Enabled” written next to it and select the “Disable” option.

9.Repeat this process for all applications in the list and restart your computer.

10.Now your computer has been booted in the “Clean Boot” state.

11.Check to see if the issue goes away.

12.If the high CPU usage is no longer encountered it means that a third party application or service was causing it.

13.Start by enabling one service at a time in the same manner and stop when the high CPU usage comes back.

14.Reinstall the service/application by enabling which the high usage comes back or keep it disabled.

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