What is WmiPrvSE.exe, Uses and How to Fix High CPU Usage

WmiPrvSE refers to Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service and wmiprvse.exe is the executable file of this program. The program is a WMI Provider Host and is a part of Microsoft’s Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) system.

About Wmiprvse.exe

About WmiPrvSE.exe?

WmiPrvSE is the host that allows all of the necessary management services to operate which means that the management of the applications on your system can be very difficult without this process. Without the process installed in the system, users might not be able to receive notifications in case of any error.

The process is equally useful for managers as well as developers. Managers can use it to find and set information on desktop systems, applications, networks, and other enterprise components. Developers, on the other hand, can create event monitoring applications that alert users when important incidents occur with this process.

File location and file size

The executable file wmiprvse.exe is a core file of Windows OS and is very important for its working. You can find this file in C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem and the size of this file is generally 218,112 bytes or 227840 bytes.

Quick Overview

File description:WMI Provider Host
File version:6.1.7601.17514
File Size:252 KB
Product name:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
File type:Application
Copyright:Microsoft Corporation

Error Message

Following are common errors that you might see on your Windows system:

  • wmiprvse.exe file is missing
  • wmiprvse.exe not found
  • wmiprvse.exe failed to load

Errors related to WmiPrvSE.exe

Some users have reported errors related to this process. In some other cases, WmiPrvSE.exe has been reported to use high memory and affecting the server with a lot of CPU utilization.

As it is an executable file, it has also been found that some malware and viruses have been named as WmiPrvSE.exe and have been sent to a system.

The problem of high CPU usage by  WmiPrvSE.exe in Windows 10 and 7, was caused in this process due to a glitch in the update from Windows Server. However, Microsoft has now patched the problem and it has been resolved in the latest updated versions of the program.

In case of errors associated with this program, the users can check for the location of the file. The default location of the file is C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem. If the process is giving you errors and is not located in the default folder, it is likely to be a virus or malware disguised as the executable file of the program. In this case, it should be immediately uninstalled from the system to avoid any further errors.

How to Fix WmiPrvSE.exe High CPU Error

When you notice that the WmiPrvSE.exe is consuming high CPU resources then you may terminate it using Task Manager, this is a quick but temporary solution. If it keeps consuming high CPU usage and memory, then you may have to download the Windows update patch from this Microsoft official website.

Currently Microsoft offer Updates patches for:

  • Windows 10 version 1703 (RS2)
  • Windows 10 version 1709 (RS3)
  • Windows 10 version 1803 (RS4)

Download the update based on your Windows 10 version and then perform the below step in Registry. Make sure to take the registry backup before you make any changes.

  • Press the Windows+R button, type Regedit, and hit Enter button
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wbem
  • Now, set the value Enable Costly Providers to 1 (DWORD)

Close the Registry Editor and restart the system.

Also check:

AESTSr64.exe, vspdfprsrv.exe,  dashost.exe,  Fwupdate.exe



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