WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) stands for Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service, which is an important service that applications cannot run without. If this process is stopped, many of the features in your PC will render useless. On top of all, you might not even receive notifications for various errors.

But many report to have noticed that WMI Provider Host is hogging the CPU usage when checked in Task Manager. When this happens, the computer will slow down. Some even say that the music becomes jerky and distorted when WMI Provider Host flares up.

WMI or Windows management interface (WmiPrvSE.exe) is a set of APIs that lets a developer interact with a Windows machine. Usually, you can use it with scripts in order to gather data from your Windows or change some of the Windows settings. WMI is the platform for all Windows operating systems to manage the data and operations locally as well as remotely.  In the task manager of Windows 10 or 8.1, you will be able to locate WMI provider host running as a process with the name WmiPrvSE.exe. It stands for Windows Management Instrumentation Provider service. When you switch to the Process Explorer in the task manager, it is displayed as a component of the Web-Based Enterprise System and also of the Common Information Model (CIM) of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) of Windows.  MOM was earlier known as SCOM (System Center Operations Manager).

Is WmiPrvSE.exe a virus

The legit WmiPrvSE.exe or the Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service process is located in the Windows/System32 folder, but malware can disguise themselves using this name and place themselves in any folder. So  Thus, to isolate this possibility, check the Properties of the file and scan it with your antivirus.

If you are not aware of these terms, then let us first explore the meaning and relevance of these terms before proceeding to details.

Functionality

Among many functions of an OS, process scheduling is very important. MOM or SCOM is that component of Windows OS that works as an event and analytics organizer as well as a dispatcher. An event and analytics organizer keeps a check on the events occurring in a computer system. As an Analytics Organizer it manages the resources, and as a dispatcher, it hands over(dispatches) the process to be executed in a multiprogramming environment by performing a context switch. It has many other responsibilities associated with the processes like Security permissions for the processes, Analyzing security of the network and other regular activities like system diagnostics and reporting, data reliability and performance monitoring.

IT infrastructure may vary at various levels like vendors, configuration, standards of manufacturing, etc. CIM plays a crucial role in managing compliance between elements managed under IT infrastructure. It does so by strictly adhering to the standards predefined for compliance. WBEM is an internet standards-based protocol that helps to implement the system management technology and bind it to the interface to manage an application within an Operating System. Microsoft has implemented WMI in all its OSs with the help of WBEM.  It also works as a common interface provider and an object model which can be used to access management information characterizing the Operating System, Devices, Services and User Applications. Stopping this service (WmiPrvSE.exe) is not a desirable for the Windows based software since it may result in unexpected behavior of such dependent applications. A lot of other services also depend on the WMI Service. If it is disabled, it may end up in termination of these dependent services or these services may not start altogether.

Whether to Stop WMI Provider Host or Not on Windows 10?

Winmgmt.exe is available in the c:windowssystem32Wbem folder. If you find a copy of winmgmt.exe at some other location in the computer file system, then it possibly can be a virus or a Trojan. In such a case you can clean it with Windows Repair Tool.

In order to make your Windows run properly, WMIPrvSE service should not be stopped. Although Windows OS won’t shut down or crash on stopping it, but there are many other services which depend on this WMI host service.

Some users have experienced high CPU usage by WMI host service which leads to system lag, increased CPU temperature and slowing down of the system.

This unusual behavior might be caused due to some application associated with the WMI or some unknown reasons, but the problem can be solved by following these workarounds.

Solutions to WMI host provider high usage

You may wonder what the WMI Provider Host is and why it takes such a high CPU usage on Windows Creators Updatenin the Task Manager. WmiPrvSE, the acronym for Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service, functioning as the host to ensure all of the Windows management services to operate, without which programs in Windows would be difficult to running normally, resulting in unexpected computer issues like blue screen, black screen etc. To get rid of the WMI Provider Host consuming lots of CPU on Windows 10 CU issue without disabling it, here in this post, we list top 3 workarounds for you. You can go through them one by one until the WMI Provider Host high CPU usage is relieved.

1Run Virus Scan

In some cases, the problem is gone after users ran virus check on their PC.

If you have not done it yer, it is highly recommended that you do it right now.

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

2Boot into Safe Mode with Networking

If your PC runs well in Safe Mode with Networking, then you may need to try the troubleshooting in Safe Mode to better isolate and identify the culprits here.

1) Press Windows key and R at the same time, then type msconfig in the search box and hit Enter.

2) Navigate to Boot tab, then click the box for Safe boot, and choose Network option here. Then 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 Windows key and X at the same time, then choose Windows PowerShell (Admin).

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

msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic

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

Still, if you see the notification telling you that there is something needs to be changed in your system, do as the system tells you to do.

7) When the troubleshooting process finishes, repeat step one. Then navigate to Boot tab and empty the box for Safe boot. Click Apply and OK to save and exit. Then restart your computer into normal mode.

3Restart WMI Provider Host Service

1) Press Windows key and R at the same time, then type in the search box services.msc and hit Enter.

2) Press W key to fast locate Windows Management Instrument service. Then right click it and choose Restart.

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

If you are with Windows 10 Creators Update, you need to type cmd.exe in the search bar and then right click the Command Prompt option and choose Run as administrator.

4) In the command prompt window, type in the following commands and hit 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.

4Uninstall Components and Drivers Causing the Problem

1) Press Windows key and X at the same time, then choose Event Viewer.

2) Click the View button on top and then choose 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 items listed as Error.

4) Press Windows key and X at the same time, then choose Task Manager.

5) Navigate to Services tab. Find the processes with matching IDs as seen in Event Viewer in PIDcolumn. When you locate such process, choose either to uninstall the program or disable its service.

It is very important that you download and install programs and drivers only from trust-worthy sources.

5Run System Maintenance Troubleshooter

According to users, you might be able to fix the problem simply by running System Maintenance Troubleshooter. This is a built-in Windows application and sometimes it can fix various errors. To run this application, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Enter msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic and press Enter or click OK.
  3. System Maintenance window will now appear. Click on Next and follow the instructions on the screen.

After running System Maintenance tool, check if the problem is resolved.

6Run System Performance Troubleshooter

If you have problems with WMI Provider Host and CPU usage, you might want to run System Performance Troubleshooter. By running System Performance Troubleshooter you’ll optimize your PC and improve its performance. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic and press Enter to run it.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

After completing the troubleshooter check if the issue still persists.

Use Event viewer

Event Viewer is a great troubleshooting tool that can help you fix various problems. According to users, you can use Event Viewer to find the application that is causing high CPU usage for WMI Provider Host. To fix the problem using Event Viewer, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Event Viewer from the list.
  2. When Event Viewer starts, go to View menu and check Show Analytic and Debug Logs.
  3. In the left pane navigate to Applications and Service Logs > Microsoft > Windows > WMI Activity > Operational.
  4. Select any of the available errors and check for extra information. Look for ProcessId and memorize its value. Keep in mind that you’ll have multiple errors so it’s advised to check all errors and write down all ProcessId values.
  5. Now press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager. Once Task Managerstarts go to Services tab and check PID for all running services. If you manage to find a service that matches the value from Step 4, you need to remove the application associated with that service. Some users are also suggesting to disable the service simply by right clicking it and choosing Stopfrom the menu.

7Close Speccy

Speccy is a useful little application that allows you to see your system information along with computer temperature. According to users, the problem with WMI Provider Host appears after you start Speccy. To avoid this problem you need to close Speccy and check if the issue still persists. If you need to use this application, you might want to consider updating Speccy to the latest version.

8Update Trusteer Rapport

According to users, Trusteer Rapport can often cause this problem to appear. However, you can easily fix this issue simply by updating Trusteer Rapport to the latest version. Several users reported they solved the problem by removing IBM Trusteer Rapport, so you might want to try that as well if the update doesn’t fix the problem.

9Disable HP Software Framework Service

WMI Provider Host high CPU usage problem can appear due to certain HP services. According to users, one of those problematic services is HP Software Framework Service, and in order to solve the problem, you need to find and disable that service. This is relatively simple and you can do that by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. List of all available services will now appear. Locate HP Software Framework Service and double click it to open its properties.
  3. Once the Properties window opens, set the Startup type to Disabled and click the Stop button to stop the service. After you’re done, click Apply and OK to save changes.

After disabling this service, the issue should be fixed. Keep in mind that disabling this service will cause HP Wireless Assistant to stop working. It’s worth mentioning that HP Wireless Assistant service can also cause this problem to occur, so try disabling it as well. This solution applies to HP devices, so if you don’t have an HP device or HP software, you might want to skip this solution. Speaking of problematic services, users reported that disabling Bitdefender Device Management Service or Citrix Desktop Service fixes the problem, so if you have any of those services running in the background you might want to disable them.

10Remove Conduit Search

One of the most common causes for this problem is a malware called Conduit Search. This application usually installs with some other application without your knowledge, and it causes this issue to appear. To fix the problem, first you need to stop Conduit Search and uninstall it. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. In the Processes tab, locate Conduit Search, right click it and choose End Task.
  3. After the application is stopped, press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app. Navigate to the System section.
  4. In the left pane select Apps & features. List of installed applications will appear. Select Conduit Search and click the Uninstall button.

After you remove Conduit Search from your PC, restart it and check if everything is in order. Another application that can cause this problem is Youcam, so if you have it on your PC you need to disable it from Task Managerand uninstall it.

11Restart Windows Management Instrumentation service

If you’re having problems with CPU usage, you might be able to fix them by restarting Windows Management Instrumentation service. To do that, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Services window. We showed you how to do that in Solution 6, so be sure to check it out.
  2. Locate Windows Management Instrumentation service, right click it and choose Restart.

Some users are also advising to check the depending services. To do that, simply double click Windows Management Instrumentation service to open its properties. Now go to Dependencies tab and expand both sections. From there you’ll be able to see which services are dependent on Windows Management Instrumentation. Using this method you can easily find any suspicious services that are related to WMI service and disable them. Several users reported they fixed the problem by using this method, so be sure to try it out. Speaking of dependent services, users reported that restarting IP Helper (iphlpsvc) and Security Center (wscsvc) fixed the problem for them, so be sure to try that.

Some users are also suggesting to temporarily stop Windows Management Instrumentation service and wait for 30 seconds before turning it back on again. According to users, this fixes the issue, but it’s just a temporary solution because the problem occurs again after the restart.

Lastly, several users reported that you can fix the problem simply by disabling Windows Management Instrumentation service completely. We already showed you how to disable a service in Solution 6, so be sure to check it out. We have to mention that disabling Windows Management Instrumentationservice can lead to certain issues, so keep that in mind. Another solution that you can try is to set Startup type for the service to Automatic (Delayed Start). Few users reported that this solved the problem for them, so you might want to try it.

12Restart associated services

If the problem with WMI Provider Host and high CPU usage persists, you might be able to fix it by restarting the associated services. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Once Command Prompt opens, run the following commands one by one:
    • net stop iphlpsvc
    • net stop wscsvc
    • net stop Winmgmt
    • net start Winmgmt
    • net start wscsvc
    • net start iphlpsvc

After running all commands, close Command Prompt and check if the problem still persists. If the problem still occurs, restart your PC and check if that solves the issue.

13Uninstall Scorpion Saver or Relevant Knowledge

Another problematic application that can cause problems with WMI Provider Host is Scorpion Search. This application is a malware that installs alongside other applications. To fix the problem, you need to find and uninstall Scorpion Search software from your PC. If you have issues removing this software, you might want to try using some malware removal tool.

Another malware that can cause this issue on your PC is Relevant Knowledge. If you notice any problems with high CPU usage, we strongly suggest that you check if you have this application installed. If so, remove it and check if that solves the problem.

14Disable GoPro Studio automatic startup

If you have a GoPro camera, you probably have a GoPro Studio application on your PC. We should mention that this software can cause problems with WMI Provider Host and CPU usage. By default, this application starts with Windows automatically, but you can prevent that by changing its settings. After you disable automatic startup for GoPro Studio the issue should be resolved.

If you need to use GoPro Studio and you don’t want to keep it disabled, you might want to try updating it to the latest version and check if that fixes this problem. If software update doesn’t fix the problem, you might have to remove GoPro software from your PC in order to fix it.

15Disable Beats Updater software

Sometimes this problem is caused by non-malicious applications such as Beats Updater. This application is created by Apple, and it will run in the background after you start your PC. Even though this application is harmless, it can cause high CPU usage, so we advise you to disable it. After disabling the application CPU usage should be back to normal. If you frequently use Beats Updater software, you should try downloading the latest version and check if that solves the problem.

16Disable MultiPoint Connector component

According to some users, MultiPoint Connector can cause problems with WMI Provider Host and high CPU usage on your PC. To disable this component, you need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter features. Select Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. Windows Features window will now appear. Locate MultiPoint Connectoroption on the list and disable it. After doing that, click the OK button to save changes.

After you disable MultiPoint Connector, check if the issue is resolved.

17Perform sfc and DISM scan

If one of core Windows components is corrupted, that can lead to many issues including high CPU usage. According to users, they managed to fix this problem simply by running sfc and DISM scan. Both scans are designed to repair damaged Windows components and you can run them by doing the following:

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter to run the command.
  3. Sfc scan will now start. Don’t interrupt the process and wait for it to finish.
  4. After the scan is completed, check if the problem is resolved.

If the issue still persists, you might have to run DISM scan. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and run the command.
  3. Wait for the command to finish and don’t interrupt it.

After completing the DISM scan, check if the issue still persists.

18Perform a Clean Boot

WMI Provider Host high CPU usage problem occurs due to running applications, and if you want to find the application that is causing this problem, you might want to perform a Clean Boot. To do that on Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Click OK or press Enter.
  2. When System Configuration window opens, go to Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services. Now click on Disable all button.
  3. Go to Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
  4. List of all startup applications will appear. Disable the first application on the list by right clicking it and choosing Disable from the menu. Repeat this step for all available applications.
  5. After you disable all applications, close Task Manager and go back to System Configuration window. Click Apply and OK to save changes.
  6. Restart your computer.

After your PC restarts, you need to check if the issue still appears. If the problem is resolved, the cause is one of the disabled applications or services. To find the problematic service, simply repeat this process and enable services and applications one by one until you find the problematic application. After doing that, you need to remove this application or update it and check if that solves the problem.

Final Words

WMI process is the core component to manage clients in Windows. WMI Provider Host, WmiPrvSE.exe is safe and is used by developers and administrators to monitor computer systems.

WMI Provider Host high CPU usage can be a big problem, but in most cases this issue is caused by a problematic application. To fix the issue, you just need to find the problematic app and uninstall or disable it.