The WMI Provider Host process is an important part of Windows and often runs in the background. It allows other applications on your computer to request information about your system. Usually, this process should not use a lot of system resources, but it can consume a lot of CPU if another process is misbehaving on your system.

What is the reason for high CPU usage by the WMI Provider Host?

How to eliminate WMI Provider Host’s high CPU load?


Install all available Windows updates

  1. Click the Windows Start button and open Settings.
  2. Click Update and security.
  3. Click Check for updates, and then install any updates you find.

Perform System Maintenance and Troubleshooting for Windows updates

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Set the view to Small icons, and then click Troubleshooting.
  3. Click View All.
  4. Double-click System Maintenance.
  5. Click Next, then follow the on-screen instructions to perform system maintenance.

Run the sfc scan

  1. Right-click the Windows start button and select Command Prompt (administrator).
  2. In the command window, type the command ‘SFC /SCANNOW’ and press the Enter key.
  3. Wait and do not use the computer until the SFC tool has checked and repaired any corrupted system files or services.
  4. When the SFC Tool is finished, restart your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Run the System Maintenance Troubleshooter.
  2. Run the system performance troubleshooter.
  3. Update the Trusteer report.
  4. Disable the HP Software Framework Service.
  5. Remove Conduit Search.
  6. Check your computer for malware.
  7. Restart the Windows Management Instrumentation service.

WMI Provider Host is a system service, so it cannot be permanently stopped or disabled.

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