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What is WSAPPX and How it Causing High CPU

Published on 08 February 18
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Although WSAPPX looks like a virus, it’s not one- Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users will be familiar with this background service that’s a part of Windows Store. It primarily acts as a messenger between Windows Store and Microsoft as it informs the latter about what apps users have and what versions they have installed. As such, it’s crucial to have WSAPPX running while installing, updating or uninstalling Window Store apps.

The WSAPPX process consists of two other background services- AppXSVC and ClipSVC- both of which provide infrastructure support for Microsoft store. Disabling these services will mean that store applications will no longer be able to function properly. In addition the WS service enables Window Store applications to function correctly. WS service or the Window Store Service is very important for smooth functioning and hence cannot be disabled from the control panel. These three services account for almost 40 percent of your CPU resources.

1. High CPU usage due to WSAPPX

Sometimes, it’s observed that WSAPPX process is using high CPU- this could be because of an app installing or updating in the background. If you’re not keen on either the installation or updating of those apps, then you can disable automatic updates in Windows Store. This will take the load off your CPU.

Drivers that haven’t been updated could bring out compatibility issues and then WSAPPX goes into action and tries to update them automatically, resulting in high CPU usage. Since a faulty driver is being updated, the service comes to a halt- CPU resources will be drained.

2. Remove Windows Store application

There are many applications such as movies, music, video programs, mail, and others that need the Windows Store app for automatic updates. If you’re sure you’re not going to use any of the apps in Windows Store, the best thing is to completely remove or uninstall the app from your computer. This will prevent unnecessary apps from running in the background causing high CPU usage.

3. Increasing virtual memory

In case you do not want to disable WSAPPX or remove the Windows Store, then in order to prevent high CPU usage, you can increase the virtual memory of your system. Windows 10 does automatically manage its capacity. The advantage of increasing virtual memory is that it can help WSAPPX in running background processes. Once the load is off WSAPPX, then CPU usage levels also come down.

4. Run virus scans

Oftentimes, high CPU usage issues due to WSAPPX are not resolved by any of those methods. Then it’s time to think of viruses and malware. Perform a full scan and ensure that your computer is virus free- stop your computer from slowing down.

5. Disabling SuperFetch and Windows Search

WSAPPX CPU high usage issues have been solved by disabling SuperFetch and Windows Search. While SuperFetch helps to make data available faster to applications when needed, Windows Search helps with content indexing and providing faster search results for mail and other files. Although both improve system performance, they tend to increase CPU usage. By disabling them, high CPU issues have known to decrease. See more info here.

Although WSAPPX looks like a virus, it’s not one- Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users will be familiar with this background service that’s a part of Windows Store. It primarily acts as a messenger between Windows Store and Microsoft as it informs the latter about what apps users have and what versions they have installed. As such, it’s crucial to have WSAPPX running while installing, updating or uninstalling Window Store apps.

The WSAPPX process consists of two other background services- AppXSVC and ClipSVC- both of which provide infrastructure support for Microsoft store. Disabling these services will mean that store applications will no longer be able to function properly. In addition the WS service enables Window Store applications to function correctly. WS service or the Window Store Service is very important for smooth functioning and hence cannot be disabled from the control panel. These three services account for almost 40 percent of your CPU resources.

1. High CPU usage due to WSAPPX



Sometimes, it’s observed that WSAPPX process is using high CPU- this could be because of an app installing or updating in the background. If you’re not keen on either the installation or updating of those apps, then you can disable automatic updates in Windows Store. This will take the load off your CPU.

Drivers that haven’t been updated could bring out compatibility issues and then WSAPPX goes into action and tries to update them automatically, resulting in high CPU usage. Since a faulty driver is being updated, the service comes to a halt- CPU resources will be drained.

2. Remove Windows Store application



There are many applications such as movies, music, video programs, mail, and others that need the Windows Store app for automatic updates. If you’re sure you’re not going to use any of the apps in Windows Store, the best thing is to completely remove or uninstall the app from your computer. This will prevent unnecessary apps from running in the background causing high CPU usage.

3. Increasing virtual memory



In case you do not want to disable WSAPPX or remove the Windows Store, then in order to prevent high CPU usage, you can increase the virtual memory of your system. Windows 10 does automatically manage its capacity. The advantage of increasing virtual memory is that it can help WSAPPX in running background processes. Once the load is off WSAPPX, then CPU usage levels also come down.

4. Run virus scans



Oftentimes, high CPU usage issues due to WSAPPX are not resolved by any of those methods. Then it’s time to think of viruses and malware. Perform a full scan and ensure that your computer is virus free- stop your computer from slowing down.

5. Disabling SuperFetch and Windows Search



WSAPPX CPU high usage issues have been solved by disabling SuperFetch and Windows Search. While SuperFetch helps to make data available faster to applications when needed, Windows Search helps with content indexing and providing faster search results for mail and other files. Although both improve system performance, they tend to increase CPU usage. By disabling them, high CPU issues have known to decrease. See more info here.

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  1. 22 February 18
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    Oh yes the problem i need to find. Your article provides useful information that i am looking for. I will often visit this site. bloxorz

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