One of the most common issue users often encounter is related to the CPU usage. Some users reported a substantial increase in their computer’s CPU activity after installing the Creator’s Update. What makes this occurrence suspicious is that users are pretty much sure that their CPU usage still increases even when their computer is in an idle state. One of the culprits of this issue is probably a system malfunction of some sort caused by the latest system update instead of some process that is run by the users. Fortunately for you, you have come to the right place to solve the high CPU usage after installing or updating your system to Windows 10 for we have provided different method for you to try.
Method #1 – Reassign or disable Input Method Editor (IME)
One of the ways to utilize multi-lingual input for certain languages is through the Windows Input Method Editor while the other one is through third-party IME. Although, according to some reports, this feature can and will feast on your CPU, especially if it’s Windows 10 no matter what language you use. To obtain some of the third-party solutions for language input and disable the built-in IME, follow these instructions:
- Open the Settings menu by pressing the Windows key + I.
- Now open the Time & language menu.
- Open Additional data, time and regional settings under the Region & language pane.
- Click Add language.
- Then add any language you want to run.
- Remove Microsoft IME.
- Save your preferred selection and restart your PC.
After disabling the Microsoft IME, it should lessen your CPU usage.
Method #2 – Check for any memory leaks
One of the most common causes for high CPU usage is memory leaks. It is possible that the Creators Update confronts some internal parts your operating system or an application that is already installed resulting to memory leak.
Method #3 – Stop the Runtime Broker process.
One of the nifty service that helps you handle certain Windows Store permissions is the Runtime Broker process but it is also known for unnecessary overuse of the system resources. The Runtime Broker process will take aim at your RAM if it is broken but even your CPU is not sparred on rare occasions. Bear in mind that the Runtime Broker process is not an important system process so you can always disable it anytime you like then check for changes. Follow these few and easy steps to disable the Runtime Broker process:
- Open the Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- Under the processes look for Runtime Broker.
- Right-click on it and select End Task.
And now that’s another way to decrease your high CPU usage.
Method #4 – Try reducing the Visual effects
This method is highly recommended because the sub-par configuration and the visual effects are related. Even though the visual effects can give your system extra metro-looking flair, they still can take a toll on your CPU usage. To lessen its CPU usage, you can adjust the visual effects for the best performance of your PC. Follow the steps below to reduce the visual effects:
- Open the Windows Search bar and type Performance Information and Tools.
- Select Performance Information and Tools from the menu.
- Click the Adjust Visual Effects.
- Click Adjust for best performance under the Visual Effects tab.
- Click OK and then restart your PC.
Method #5 – Try disabling programs from running at the Startup
The startup tweaking should be taken into consideration to troubleshoot this issue since most third-party programs have the tendency to start with your system. It is justified sometimes, especially for antivirus programs or the GPU Control Center. But, on a regular basis, you don’t need the extra baggage that is the plethora of programs that tends to slow down your startup and increases your CPU usage.
You were demanded to use third-party solutions in tweaking your Startup with the previous and old versions of Windows. Luckily, it’s not the same thing with Windows 10. This is how you can free up your system of those unnecessary programs in your Startup:
- Open the Task Manager by right-clicking on the Taskbar.
- Disable all programs except for the important ones under the Startup tab.
- Click OK and then restart your PC.
Method #6 – Stop the P2P Updates
Another feature to take up your CPU usage is the Peer-to-Peer update. Although this process allows you to speed up the updating process in your home network with the help of sharing the update files between all the connected PCs, this can also have a great impact on your CPU. To reduce your CPU usage, you have to disable it, to do so, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I.
- Open Update & Security.
- Click the Update from the menu and open Advanced.
- Click Choose how updates are delivered.
- Toggle the feature off under Updates from more than one place.
This will decrease your CPU usage since it will kill the process.
Method #7 – Disable the Tips about Windows
Although it is a good way to learn about the Windows 10 surroundings and get to know some unknown features, the “Tips about Windows” feature can also cause the high CPU usage. So if you want to lessen your CPU usage, you have to disable it, to do that, follow these instructions:
- Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key.
- Open System.
- Disable Get tips, and suggestions about Windows under the Notifications & actions pane.
- And then click OK.
Method #8 – Disable the Microsoft Spotlight
Even if the Microsoft Spotlight can make your lock screen seemed vivid and interesting, this can take up your system resources that results to high CPU usage. Follow the steps below to disable the Spotlight feature on Windows 10:
- Right-click on your desktop and click Personalize.
- Click the Lock Screen tab.
- Under the Background pane, switch to Picture or Slideshow from Windows Spotlight.
- Then click OK to save the changes.
Method #9 – Try uninstalling cloud desktop clients
Users are utilizing cloud services like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox through desktop client for their daily backup routine but what they don’t know is that it causes high CPU activity. As of now, the built-in program like OneDrive is the greatest consumer of system resources and no doubt take up most of your CPU usage since it will always be there, running in the background. What make it harder is that you can’t uninstall this built-in application. Since that can’t be helped, the best thing you can do is uninstall third-party cloud services to decrease your CPU usage.
Method #10 – Perform a clean reinstallation
If the previous methods did not work for you then your last option would be to do a clean reinstallation of your operating system. This may seem like a time-consuming method since you’ll have to create backups for your data but this can really help you normalize your CPU usage.
- Click Start.
- Open Settings.
- And then open Update & Security.
- Click the Get Started button under Reset this PC.
- Select Keep my files.
- Wait until the resetting process is finished.
Once the procedure is done, your CPU usage should be back to normal.