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, 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.

2) Go to Boot tab, then tick the box for Safe boot, and select Network option. Click Apply and OK to save.

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 key and X at the same time, then select Windows PowerShell (Admin).

5) Then type the following command in and press Enter.

msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic

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.

6) Still in the PowerShell window, type in the following command and press Enter.

msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic

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

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.

7) When the troubleshooting process finishes, you need to boot into normal mood. Repeat step 1). Then go to Boot tab and empty the box for Safe boot. Click Apply and OK to save and exit. Restart your computer into normal mode.

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 W key to fast locate Windows Management Instrument service. Right-click it and select Restart.

3) Now press Windows key and X at the same time, select Command Prompt (Admin).

Note: If you’re with Windows 10 Creators Update, you need to type cmd.exe in the search bar and right-click the Command Prompt option and select Run as administrator.

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

5) 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 X at the same time, then select Task Manager.

5) Go to Details tab. Find the processes with matching IDs as seen in Event Viewer in PID column. When you locate such process, you can uninstall the program or disable its service as you like.

It’s important that you download and install programs and drivers only from trust-worthy 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 your computer, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. 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 need the Pro version of Driver Easy to do this, so you’ll be prompted to upgrade.

    Don’t worry; it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you don’t like it you can get a full refund, no questions asked.


    (Alternatively if you’re comfortable manually installing drivers, you can click ‘Update’ next to each flagged device in the free version to automatically download the correct driver. Once it’s downloaded, you can manually install it.)
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.
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