How to fix high CPU USE BY WSAPPX in Windows 10

If you notice high CPU usage by WSAPPX in Task Manager and find it annoying, below are the steps to reduce high CPU usage by WSAPPX in Windows 10.

High CPU usage by WSAPPX in Windows 10

WSAPPX is part of the Windows operating system, designed to provide new updates for apps downloaded from the Windows Store.

When the WSAPPX service is active, it is known to consume up to 40% CPU and lots of RAM.

High CPU usage by WSAPPX in Windows Task Manager

Once WSAPPX has completed the updates, the WSAPPX service should automatically close and CPU usage should return to normal levels.

However, sometimes the high CPU usage caused by WSAPPX can last for a long time and prevent you from using the computer.

In this case, you should be able to fix the problem using the methods given below.

1. Troubleshoot Windows Store apps

High CPU usage by WSAPPX could be due to an issue with Windows Store apps that the WSAPPX service is trying to update.

To confirm, you can use the built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10 to find and fix problems with Windows Store apps (if any).

1. Open settings > click Updates & Security

Update and Security option on Windows settings screen

2. On the next screen, scroll down and click Troubleshooting in the left pane. In the right pane, click Windows Store apps.

Troubleshoot Windows Store apps

3. Then click on Run the troubleshooter Possibility.

Run the Windows Store apps troubleshooter

4. Follow the onscreen instructions as Windows Troubleshooter tries to find and fix problems with Windows Store apps on your computer.

2. Disable automatic app updates

If WSAPPX high CPU usage occurs frequently on your computer and affects your work, you can fix this problem by disabling automatic app updates for Windows Store apps on your computer.

1. Open Microsoft store > click on 3 points Another icon > settings.

Open Microsoft Store settings

2. Switch OFF on the settings screen Update apps automatically Possibility.

Disable automatic app updates in the Microsoft Store

Note: Remember to update apps manually by going to Microsoft store > More icon > Downloads & Updates > click on the Refresh button..

3. Change the storage management type

Increasing the available virtual memory on your computer is another way to fix WSAPPX high CPU usage issue in Windows 10.

1. Open Switchboard on your computer.

Open the Control Panel

2. On the Control Panel screen, make sure you are in Category view and click system and safety.

System and Security option in Windows 10 Control Panel screen.

3. On the System and Security screen, click System.

System option in Windows 10 System and Security screen

4. On the system screen, click Advanced system settings Link in side menu.

Advanced system settings option in Windows 10

5. On the next screen, click Progressive tab and click on the settings Button in the Performance section.

Advanced performance settings option in Windows 10

6. On the Performance Options screen, click Progressive tab and click on the change button in the Virtual Memory section.

Change virtual memory settings option in Windows 10

7. On the Virtual Memory screen, turn off. Manage automatically options, check System managed size option and click OK.

Set the system-managed size for virtual memory on a Windows PC

make sure you Start anew the computer to implement the above changes.

4. Update the device drivers

While the WSAPPX high CPU usage issue in Windows 10 is not directly related to the drivers, outdated device drivers can cause the WSAPPX service to stop responding, resulting in high CPU usage.

1. Right-click Start button and click device manager.

Device Manager option in Windows 10

2. On the Device Manager screen, click action > Scanning for hardware changes.

Scan for hardware changes option in Windows 10 Device Manager screen

Windows scans your computer for hardware changes and updates drivers if they need to be updated.

5. Scan for malware

Finally, scan your computer for malware with the antivirus program installed on your computer.

Scan computers with Norton Antivirus

You can also use the Windows Defender Offline tool to scan and remove malicious programs from your computer.

Once the scan is complete, you can delete or quarantine the malware on your computer (if any).


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