You may have noticed that WMI Provider Host is hogging your computer CPU usage. When the CPU usage in Task Manager shoots up, your PC slows down. Many Windows 10 users are reporting this problem as well, you’re not alone. Annoying as it seems, you can fix the high CPU usage issue by yourself.

What is WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe)? 

WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) stands for Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service. It’s an important service that applications cannot run without. If this process stops, many of the features in your PC will become useless. On top of all that, you might not even receive error notifications.

How do I fix it?

Here are 4 solutions you can try to fix this issue. You may not need to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

1: Run Virus Scan
2: Boot into Safe Mode with Networking
3: Restart WMI Provider Host Service
4: Uninstall Components and Drivers Causing the Problem

Fix 1: Run Virus Scan

In some cases, the culprit is virus or malware. You just need to run your antivirus program to get it fixed. If you haven’t done it yet, you should do it right now.

If your PC detect any unwanted programs or applications, remove them completely from your computer, and restart afterwards.

Fix 2: Boot into Safe Mode with Networking

Troubleshooting in Safe Mode will better help you isolate and identify the culprits:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type msconfig in the search box and press Enter.
    Windows 11 - System configuration
  2. Go to the Boot tab, then tick the box for Safe boot, and select the Network option. Click Apply and OK to save.
    Windows 11 - How to boot into Safe Mode
  3. Make sure that you have saved your files and data, then click Restart to enter Safe Mode.
  4. When in Safe Mode, press the Windows logo + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box, then type powershell.exe.
    Windows 11 - Open Windows PowerShell as an Administrator
  5. Then type this command msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic and press Enter.

    You will see a troubleshooting window pop up. Click Next to let the troubleshooting run.

If the troubleshooter detects some problem with your system, then follow the instructions to get it repaired.

  1. Still in the PowerShell window, type in this command msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic and press Enter.

    You’ll see a Performance troubleshooting window pop up, just click Next to continue with the troubleshooting.

  2. Still, if you see the notification telling you that something needs to be changed in your system, do as the system tells you to do.
  3. When the troubleshooting process finishes, you need to boot into a normal mood. Repeat step 1). Then go to the Boot tab and empty the box for Safe boot. Click Apply and OK to save and exit. Restart your computer into normal mode.
    Windows 11 - Normal boot

Fix 3: Restart WMI Provider Host Service

In some cases, the problem is with WMI Provider Host Service occupying too much of your PC resources. You can restart it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type in the search box services.msc and press Enter.
  2. Press the W key to locate the Windows Management Instrument service. Right-click it and select Restart.
  3. Now press the Windows logo key to open the Start menu, then type cmd. Right-click Command Prompt from the list of results and select Run as administrator.
    how to open Command Prompt as an admin
  4. In the Command Prompt window, type in the following commands and press Enter after each command.
net stop iphlpsvc
net stop wscsvc
net stop Winmgmt
net start Winmgmt
net start wscsvc
net start iphlpsvc

Restart your PC after the commands.

Fix 4: Uninstall Components and Drivers Causing the Problem

One of the causes is faulty components and hardware drivers. You may want to uninstall them from your PC:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time, then select Event Viewer.
  2. Click the View button on top and then Show Analytic and Debug Logs.
  3. On the left pane, follow the path: Applications and Service Logs > Microsoft > Windows > WMI Activity > Operational log. Mark down the latest items listed as Error.
  4. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type taskmgr and hit Enter to open the Task Manager.
    how to open Task Manager
  5. Go to the Details tab. Find the processes with matching IDs as seen in Event Viewer in the PID column. When you locate such a process, you can uninstall the program or disable its service as you like.

Note: The screenshots below have been mostly taken from a Windows 10 operating system. If you are using Windows 11, please be aware that the visual appearance of your screen may vary slightly, but the steps to perform the task remain consistent.

It’s important that you download and install programs and drivers only from trustworthy sources.

There are two ways you can update and install your drivers:

Manual driver update – You can update your drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your device, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making mistakes when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the 7 days free trial or the Pro version of Driver Easy. It takes just 2 clicks, and you get full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee with the Pro version:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click the Activate & Update button next to the flagged device to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver.

    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (You’ll need the Pro version for this – when you select Update All, you’ll get a prompt to upgrade. If you’re not prepared to purchase the Pro version yet, Driver Easy provides a 7-day trial at no cost, granting access to all Pro features like fast downloads and easy installation. No charges will occur until after your 7-day trial period ends.)

  4. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at
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Leidet Ihr PC unter der ungewöhnlich hohen CPU-Auslastung wegen des Prozesses WMI Provider Host? Hier können Sie eine Lösung finden!
Quand le WMI Provider Host occupe trop d'espaces CPU, il est certain que votre PC a des problèmes. Voici 5 solutions effcaces pour réparer ce problème.
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