WMI Provider Host - CPU usage

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Support' started by bowier17, May 31, 2013.

  1. bowier17


    May 22, 2013
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    Hi there guys, I wonder if you can help me... I'm getting a bit frustrated.

    A couple days ago I booted my Win8 laptop out of sleep and noticed a ridiculously high CPU usage of 60% when it was running idle. Turns out "WMI Provider" is constantly running at 40-70% - never had this problem before and it's starting to get irritating. I've done a little bit of research and apparently some viruses can masquerade as WMI Provider Host? Currently doing a virus check, but I've never had this issue before and I wonder if you guys can help?

    bowier17, May 31, 2013
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  2. bowier17


    Jun 4, 2013
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    I also had this problem recently, and I believe I've solved it for now, as I haven't had the problem in about a week. Here's what I did:

    First, I decided to do a few restarts of my computer to make sure it wasn't just a one time thing that a reboot would solve. When it persisted across reboots, I decided that it was probably a problem with some other service or program that runs on startup. To determine this, I disabled everything that was set to boot at startup and tried again. This time, WMI Provider Host was not using large amounts of CPU.

    Once I determined that it was something that was running at startup, I began to pinpoint the problem program. I re-enabled things that I knew worked fine in the past and restarted. No spike in CPU usage. Then I began to re-enable different programs that I installed more recently or was unsure about. Finally, I found the culprit (it was actually two culprits in my case, but both came from the same software package. They're part of a networking application I needed to run, but were completely unnecessary to the functionality of it, so I turned them off and everything was still fine), left it disabled, and re-enabled other useful things.

    Currently, I have not experienced the problem in about a week. I can't quite think of a better solution at the moment, and I can't guarantee you're having this problem for the same reason, but it's a good start. Hopefully this works for you!
    silverslayer33, Jun 4, 2013
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  3. bowier17


    Sep 28, 2013
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    Please do a backup of any documents/personal files that you cannot afford to lose.

    If this is not your computer, or if it belongs to a company or organization then please Stop and tell me.

    I'll need more information to locate the source of the issue.

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    When you look at Task Manager and the Processes tab, what does the CPU % show at the very top of the CPU column?

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    Snoop, Sep 28, 2013
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