How to Troubleshoot High CPU Usage by Sppsvc.Exe – ‘Software Protection Platform Service’ in Windows PC

High CPU usage in Windows operating system is nothing new. There are many instances where various processes slow down your computer by consuming a lot of resources. Sometimes these processes can even put your computer out of action.

What causes high Sppsvc.exe CPU usage?

One of the main reasons for high Sppsvc.exe CPU usage is that a copy of Windows might have been enabled by third-party software such as KMS. Another case could be that related Microsoft applications have been activated by software such as KMS, even if it is an original copy of Windows.

If your original copy of Windows is genuine, but KMS is running in the background, it will interfere with the Software Protection Platform Service, resulting in a high CPU load on spsvc.exe.

How to eliminate the high CPU load of spppsvc.exe?


Update your system to the latest build

  1. Press the Windows + I keys and select Updates and security.
  2. Open the Windows Updates section.
  3. Click Check for updates and wait for a while.
  4. If the system doesn’t check for updates, click Run Updates.
  5. Finally, reboot your system and see if this solved the problem of high Sppsvc.exe CPU load.

Performing a reboot

  1. Press the Windows key and type MSConfig.
  2. Click System Configuration and open the Services tab.
  3. Check the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox and select Disable all.
  4. Open the Autorun tab and click Open Task Manager.
  5. Click each launcher item and select Disable.
  6. Close Task Manager and click OK in the System Configuration window.
  7. Restart your system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Press R + Windows on your keyboard.
  2. Type Regedit, then press Enter.
  3. Go to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sppsvc in the left pane.
  4. Click on the sppsvc folder, then double-click on Start.
  5. Restart Windows and see if your CPU usage has improved.

This Windows service allows you to download, install, and apply digital licenses for Windows and Windows applications. When the service is disabled, the operating system and licensed applications can run in a notification mode.

  1. Restart your system.
  2. Stop or restart processes.
  3. Update the drivers.
  4. Check for malware.
  5. Power options.
  6. Find specific instructions online.
  7. Reinstall Windows.