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wuauserv windows update

Wuauserv is a Windows system service of the Windows Update feature. It runs only when Windows Update is running. Windows Update sometimes can use a lot of computer resources to search for updates; therefore the wuauserv service slows down your computer.

How do I fix wuauserv windows update?

Methods to Fix WUAUSERV (Windows Update) High CPU Usage Problem

  • Delete SoftwareDistribution folder. Before deleting this folder, you need to stop the Windows Update service.
  • Uninstall recent Windows updates.
  • Reset Windows Update agent and service.
  • Disable WUAUSERV service.

Can I stop Wuauserv?

  • Right-click ‘cmd’ or ‘Command Promp’t
  • And select ‘Run’ as administrator.
  • In Command Prompt: Type net stop wuauserv and hit Enter.

Can not stop Stopping wuauserv Process?

Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination by pressing the keys at the same time to open the Task Manager utility. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination and select Task Manager from the popup blue screen which will appear with several options.

How do you force a Wuauserv to stop?

The easiest way to stop a stuck service is to use the built-in taskkill command-line tool. First of all, you need to find the PID (process identifier) of the service. As an example, let’s take the Windows Update service. Its system name is wuauserv (you can check the name in the service properties in the services.

How do I reset Windows Update components?

How do I manually reset a Windows Update?

Open a Windows command prompt. To open a command prompt, click Start > Run. Copy and paste (or type) the following command and then press ENTER:

net stop wuauserv
rd /s /q %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution
net start wuauserv

How to Fix Windows Update Service (wuauserv)

  • First, launch the Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Copy and paste the following commands and right-click to execute them, hit Enter on the last command.
sc delete wuauserv
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
sfc /scannow

After you execute sfc /scannow restart your PC.

WUAUSERV (Windows update) High CPU usage in Windows 10[Solved]

  • Run window update troubleshooter
    • Click start menu search type troubleshoot and hit the enter key.
    • Then click on windows update and run the troubleshooter.
    • This will start to diagnose the Windows update problems, which include check if windows update and its related services running, check if update database corrupted and more.
    • Wait until the update troubleshooter completes the diagnose process.
    • After that restart windows and check CPU usage reduced
  • Reset windows update components
    • Simply open the command prompt as administrator and stop windows update and its related services running the command below (one by one)
    • net stop wuauserv” (To stop Windows update service)
    • net stop bits” (To stop BITs service.)
    • Then navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\download and delete all files and folders inside the download folder. To do this use keyboard shortcut ctrl + a to select all and hit the del key to delete them.
    • Again open the command prompt (admin) and perform the command
      • net start wuauserv” (to start Windows update service)
      • net start bits” (To start BITS service) that which you previously disabled.
    • Restart windows and check There is no more high system resource usage.
  • To disable the wuauserv service
    • Press Windows + R keyboard shortcut, type services.msc and click ok
    • This will open Windows services console,
    • Scroll down and locate windows update service,
    • Right click on Windows update service select properties,
    • Here Change startup type Disable and stop the service next to service status.
    • Click apply and ok to save changes.
    • That’s all restart windows and check system running smoothly, there is no more High CPU usage or 100% disk usage by wuauserv service.

Fix WUAUSERV (Windows Update) High CPU Usage Problem

  • Delete SoftwareDistribution folder
    • Before deleting this folder, you need to stop the Windows Update service.
    • To do so, press Windows + R, type: services.msc and then press Enter.
    • Next, find Windows Update service from the list of Windows services, right-click on it and choose “Stop“.
  • Uninstall recent Windows updates
    • If this high CPU usage problem occurs after updating Windows,
    • I would recommend you to uninstall recent updates and restart the computer.
    • To do so, go to the Control Panel,
    • Choose Uninstall a program, and then click on “View installed updates” on the left sidebar.
  • Reset Windows Update agent and service
    • Reset Windows Update components manually
    • Open a Windows command prompt.
    • Stop the BITS service, the Windows Update service and the Cryptographic service.
    • Delete the qmgr*.dat files.
  • Reinstall Windows Update service
    • Automatically download Windows Update Agent
    • Press the Windows logo Key+R to open the Run box.
    • Type services. msc in the Run box, and then press Enter.
    • Right-click Windows Update in the Services management console, and then select Stop.
    • After Windows Update stops, right-click Windows Update, and then select Start.
  • Disable WUAUSERV service
    • Right-click the Start Menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
    • Enter net stop wuauserv.
    • Enter net stop bits.
    • Enter net stop dosvc.
    • Close the Command Prompt window.
  • How to fix Windows Update using Troubleshooter
    • Open Settings.
    • Click on Update & Security.
    • Click on Troubleshoot.
    • Under the “Get up and running” section, select the Windows Update option.
    • Click the Run the troubleshooter button. Source: Windows Central.
    • Click the Close button.

How to Manually Reset Windows Update Components?

  • Press Windows  + I keyboard shortcut to open the settings app,
  • Click on Update & security than Windows update,
  • hit check for updates button to download and install pending updates (if available)
  • Next, restart your PC to apply them,
  • Now check if there is no more high CPU usage on Windows 10.