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What is Windows Modules Installer Worker? How to Fix High CPU Usage?

Windows Modules Installer Worker Explained: Microsoft added hundreds of services designed to function the Windows operating system smoothly. Windows Modules Installer Worker is a function that suspected of consuming a higher amount of CPU usage and disk usage. Solving high Windows machine resources may be on the complicated side, but we can deal with them and try to prevent it from consuming a higher amount of resources.

Windows Modules Installer Worker

What is Windows Modules Installer Worker?

Windows Modules Installer Worker is an inbuilt service designed to download & install “Windows Updates.” In short, it is directly linked to Microsoft servers to extract updates system components and operating systems. I have done some research on the internet, and unauthorized people are suggesting the beginners disable, which can cause the computer to run slower in the future.

Microsoft pushing important firmware upgrades because they want to close loopholes in the operating system. Allow me to show you how you can stop Windows Modules Installer Worker from consuming high CPU usage or disk usage in Windows 10.

1. Troubleshoot Windows Update

No need to seek a solution from the additional programs because Microsoft already added troubleshooting functions to resolve unusual behaviour. I personally used the inbuilt function on several occasion and I found that it does check the software, function settings, and restart the adapter to solve the problem.

Step 1: Press “Windows + I” to open the “Settings” application.

Step 2: Click on “Update & Security” from the “Settings” to continue.

Step 3: Click on “Troubleshoot” to begin the process.

Step 4: Scroll down to find “Windows Update” and click to view more options, and then click on “Run the troubleshooter” to start the process.

Step 5: A new window will show up on the screen and start diagnosing the function thoroughly.

The diagnostics will go through several tests including pending restart, bits service, and more. I don’t have a single doubt that troubleshooters will identity incorrect configuration and fix the problem immediately. As of now, I don’t have this problem haunting the copy of Windows PC, so the diagnostics could not detect any foul play.

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2. Update Windows OS Immediately

I have been using Microsoft’s popular operating system starting from XP edition and I always dodged firmware upgrades for years. However, I could not avoid Windows 10 system updates because Microsoft is forcing the administrators to install them for a reason.

Step 1: Step 1: Press “Windows + I” to open the “Settings” application.

Step 2: Click on “Update & Security” to continue.

Step 3: Select “Windows Update” and then click on “Check for update” to continue. Make sure to connect the computer to an active internet connection and ensure that it has enough amounts of data left to use. Usually, I need to provide 4GB of data for the process, if I haven’t updated the software for months.

Step 4: I have already updated the computer on a daily basis, and no need to install optional updates because they are not necessary.

I have important information to share with everyone that Microsoft pushing wrong updates for consumer-based computers. Fortunately, there are no reports on bugs and glitches found during the period, but I recommend keeping the system up-to-date.


3. Remove Recent Update

I know that I have loudly spoken in favor of Microsoft operating system updates, but I cannot ignore the software company’s mistakes. Incorrect software updates are creating a buzz in the technology industry, where Microsoft releasing unsupported updates for consumers. Sometimes they can play a major role in creating the problem because your copy of Windows OS didn’t design for it.

Step 1: Step 1: Press “Windows + I” to open the “Settings” application.

Step 2: Click on “Update & Security” to continue.

Step 3: Click on “View Update History” in Windows Update.

Step 4: Click on “Uninstall Updates” to open the list.

Step 5: Select any recent update from the list, and right-click to uninstall it.

If you are using an earlier version of the Windows operating system, then you can access the list by (Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features\Installed Updates) following the location mentioned here. No need to worry about the performance of the computer because Windows will remove the recent update, and roll back the old files, to sum up, the equation.

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4. Repair Corrupted System Files

I get goose bumps when I think about corrupted system files because I spent a lot of time to install fresh Windows 10 copy, and found out one week later that my machine is suffering from corrupted system files. Fortunately, Microsoft bundled the operating system with an inbuilt scanner and repair tool that pretty much does the job.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as an administrator using the RUN command or search bar. Open RUN application and type “CMD” in the empty filed, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter altogether to open Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Type (sfc /scannow) in the command line, and then press the ENTER button to begin the process.

Step 3: Let the system scanner and repairing tool take its own time. My low-end or low powered laptop consumed 20 minutes to identify the corrupted files and to repair the corrupted files.

Step 4: Once scanning reaches 100% then the program will repair corrupted files if they are in repairable shape. Unfortunately, I ask the PC administrators to install a fresh copy of Windows, if you found unrepairable system files.

In most cases, the process completion period depends upon the operating system age and last scanned period. Don’t work in the background in the meantime because some applications are affected badly, and they go unresponsive but nothing to fear here. Do not hesitate to reinstall a fresh copy of Windows because it pretty much solves all major software related problems.

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5. Manual Settings

I don’t recommend this method until or unless, you are willing to keep the operating system up-to-date manually. I’m an expert when it comes to keeping the computer in top-notch condition but I cannot say the same for beginners and gullible people.

Step 1: Open “Services” using the search bar or you can use RUN application and type “services.msc” to open.

Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom to select “Windows Update” and right-mouse click for more options, and then click on “Properties” to continue.

Step 3: Change the start type to “Manual” and then click on “Apply” and then “OK” to complete the changes.

Restart the computer to end the process permanently or until you check for the updates manually. The startup type remains “Automatic” by default, and do not disable the function because it will harm the computer in the future. No need to worry about adverse effects because you can always revert back to the original settings by following the same guide in reverse.

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6. Scan for Computer Threats

I don’t have hard evidence on Windows Modules Installer Worker infected by malware or virus, but we cannot wait until it happens in your case. I always recommend the system administrators to add a minimal layer of protection to the computer to keep it away from modern threats.

Since premium solution costs a lot of funds, you can use free solutions that I personally use in Windows 10.

  1. Malwarebytes (FREE)
  2. Avast Antivirus (FREE)

We are not sponsored and someone isn’t paying us to recommend the security solutions in this tutorial. Basic protection is a necessity for Windows PC because Microsoft cannot protect the computers using Defender & Firewall alone.

Bottom Line

Solve Windows Modules Installer Worker high disk usage and CPU usage by following the guide that I have provided here. Do not turn your back on Windows Update because they have become crucial in 2020. I would love to know your opinions on which method helped you in solving the problem in the comment section below.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Windows Modules Installer Worker?

Windows Modules Installer Worker is an inbuilt service designed to download & install “Windows Updates.” In short, it is directly linked to Microsoft servers to extract updates system components and operating systems.

Can I stop Windows Modules Installer Worker?

From our research high number of people are suggesting the beginners to disable it, which can cause the computer to run slower in the future.

How to stop Windows Modules Installer Worker?

In this extensive guide we have listed various working methods to stop Windows Modules Installer Worker from consuming high CPU usage or disk usage.


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