What is WSAPPX and how to fix High Disk and CPU Usage Issue?

wsappx High Disk and CPU usage

In this guide, I am going to tell you about the background information regarding wsappx process and provide multiple solutions to fix wsappx high CPU, memory, or disk usage issues in Windows 10. If you are looking for solutions to fix this problem, then continue reading.

High CPU and Disk Usage Issue

WSAPPX is a legitimate Windows process that runs in the background services of Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 systems as a part of the Windows Store apps and Microsoft’s Universal app platform. Its responsibility is to install, uninstall, and update the Store apps. Apart from this, it also ensures the behavior of the purchased apps. Though in many cases, you may encounter wsappx high CPU usage or high hard disk usage on your system.

What is wsappx?

WSAPPX is a process generally found in the list of Task Manager. Initially, it was introduced in Windows 8 only and now it can also be seen in the latest Windows versions like Windows 10.

High disk and CPU Usage

This process always runs in the background services of Windows 10/8 computer as a part of the Windows Store apps and Microsoft’s Universal app platform. Generally, it is used for installations, updates, and uninstallation of the Microsoft Store apps. Once you are done with the installation of all updates, you don’t need it.  But at many times you might have encountered the high disk usage, CPU, or memory by this process.

If you open the process list of the Task Manager, you will see wsappx. Further, if you expand this, you will see that one or more sub-services are running (depending on the Windows version) which are as follows:

  • Appx Deployment Service (AppXSVC)
  • Client License Service (ClipSVC)
  • Windows Store Service (WSService)

What is an AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)?

WSAPPX is a process that includes the AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) on both Windows versions (Windows 10 and 8). AppXSVC is responsible for deploying Microsoft Windows Store apps. It notices that those Universal Windows Platform apps are properly distributed in .AppX packages. Hence the process is named as AppX Deployment Service.

Due to this process only, Windows becomes able to automatically app updates in the background services. You must have noted that CPU and disk resources are also used when you install, uninstall or update any Windows traditional desktop software. The AppXSVC is managing all these tasks instead of individual app installer.

Many of the times you might have found that the process is still running even when you are not installing uninstalling anything. That’s because it keeps on updating the Microsoft Store app itself in the background.

What is Client License Service (ClipSVC)?

Along with the AppXSVC, you will find one more sub-service running in the background named the Client License Service (ClipSVC). Here on Windows 10 computers, this service provides infrastructure support for the Windows Store. According to Microsoft, if you disable this service, some of your Store-bought apps will not behave correctly. 

Normally this service performs a number of different tasks that enable Microsoft Store apps to behave properly. As its name itself describes, its duties include license management, which ensures that only you will be deploying Store applications, for which you have paid. This is an anti-piracy feature. Apart from that, Microsoft hasn’t explained what other features this service provides to Store apps.

What is Windows Store Service (WSService)?

On Windows 8, you’ll see the Windows Store Service (WSService) instead of ClipSVC. WSService plays the same role in the case of Windows 8. It is a background service and also handles the infrastructure support for the Store. It can be dealt with as the same service as ClipSVC, but it can’t be seen in Windows 10.

As the WSService process typically seems to be the same thing as ClipSVC. It’s just named different on Windows 8. 

Why is it using so much CPU?

In general, the wsappx service uses a noticeable amount of CPU during installation, uninstallation, or updating Store application. But sometimes it may cause the issue of high disk usage, CPU or memory specifically when the process is handling works. Obviously, it will affect the overall performance of your computer.

There might be cases when you have noticed the wsappx active even when you disable Windows Store apps, as discussed above wsappx process runs in the background. The reason may be because you have chosen to install or uninstall an app, or because the apps are automatically updating by the Store itself on your system.

If you don’t want to update these included apps, you can disable automatic updates on your apps. For this, just launch the Windows Store, there you will see a user icon on the top right corner of the window, click that user icon, and then select the “Settings” option. Now toggle the “Update apps automatically” slider to the “Off” position. You are done.

Is it a Virus and how to find out high CPU and disk usage?

Though the wsappx software itself is a part of Windows 10. Till now we haven’t seen any reports of malware infection named the wsappx, AppXSVC, ClipSVC, or WSService processes. Yes, it may slow down your system processes. It is a matter of disappointment for those user account control having limited RAM and CPU resources. Still, if you’re concerned about malware, it’s always recommended to run a scan with your preferred antivirus program to check your system for anything wrong.

You can see wsappx by following a few steps that are listed below.

  • Hover your mouse cursor to the toolbar, right-click on it and then choose Task Manager from the featured menu.

Open Task Manager

  • Thereafter, a Task Manager Window will open with the list of applications and processes running on your PC.
  • Now, move to the WSAPPX section and here in the column of CPU, you will find the process has consumed 100%.

However, if you find wsappx2 or wsappx3, it means the application has 2 or 3 processes.

Now, you are aware of the process and wsappx high CPU is preventing the other applications to run smoothly than usual, but you must know more about wsappx and the below stanza will help you to get more information.

Can I disable wsappx?

If you try to close the process in Windows Task Manager, you will encounter a message telling that

Ending this process will cause Windows to become unusable or shut down, which leads to lose any data that hasn’t been saved.

Thus, I will not advise you to disable the WSAPPX process and its sub-services. However, you can try to prevent it from automatically running in the background and they will be launched only when you need it. Now the question arises, how to do that? To do so continue reading.

Fix high Disk and CPU usage issues on Windows 10

If the disk or CPU reaches 100% or is near to that point, then it is not a good signal for your PC, as the space left in your CPU is less and due to the same, the other applications will fail to respond properly and results to lagging. If the issue is due to wsappx then follow these methods to fix the issue

Check for Viruses

If your computer is infected with malware or spyware, then wsappx high disk usage arises, and to fix the same, you must scan for the viruses and in Windows 10, the task will be done by Windows Defender. Now, follow the steps to scan the virus.

  • Press the Start key and then click on the Setting icon located above the Power menu.

Check for viruses

  • In the Windows settings page, you will find the Update and Security icon, click on it.

Update and Security

  • Thereafter, the Windows Update page will open, and at the left panel, you will find Windows Security, click on it.

Windows Security

  • Now, click on Virus and threat protection.

Virus and Threat protection

  • Soon, a new window will open and you need to click on Run a new advanced scan options.

Run a new advanced scan

  • In the Scan options, you will get the types of Scan and it is recommended to go for Full Scan, so click on it.

Full scan

  • That’s it; now wait for a while and allow Windows Defender to scan and remove the viruses.

Update Device Drivers manually

Sometimes it may seem that the issue caused by wsappx doesn’t have a direct relation with drivers, and any outdated or corrupted device driver may be the reason behind the issue. If your computer keeps on trying to update drivers automatically and wsappx process may turn to unresponsive and occupy CPU resources. In this case, you can update your drivers manually. Follow these steps to update drivers in Windows 10.

  • Right-click on the Start key and choose the Device Manager option.

Device manager

  • Now expand Display adapters. Right-click on the listed option to select Update driver.

Update Driver

  • From the Update Driver Wizard, you have to select Search automatically for updated driver software and Windows 10 will start search your computer and the web for the latest driver software for your device.

Search automatically for updated driver software

  • Sometimes if  Windows fails to find out the desired driver updates, you can try searching for desired drivers on the official website of the device’s manufacturer.

Disable Windows Store using Group Policy Editor

If you are using Windows 10 pro edition, then you can use Group Policy Editor to disable Windows Store apps.

  • Press the Start key, type Group Policy Editor in the search bar, and hit Enter key.

Edit Group Policy

  • Thereafter, the Local Group Policy Editor window will open, and here you need to double-click on the Computer Configuration located at the left panel.

Computer Configuration

  • Soon, you will find few options at the left panel and you need to double-click on Administrative Templates.

Administrative Template

  • In the Administrative Templates section, you will get additional options, click on the Windows Components.

Windows Components

  • After that, the list of an application contained by Windows Components will appear and you need to scroll down the page to Store.

Windows Store

  • After opening the Store folder followed by double-click, you will have a few options at the right panel and you need to select Turn off the Store application.

Turn off the Store application

  • After selecting the feature turn off the Store application, right-click on it and then choose the Edit option from the drop-down menu.

Edit Turn off the Store application

  • The above step will direct you to a new window and here you need to click on Enabled and then click Apply and the OK button.

wsappx High CPU Usage

  • After completing the above task, restart your computer.

However, if you are using Windows 10 Home Edition, then you can use the Windows Registry editor method to disable Windows Store apps, and the process for the same is listed below.

Disable Windows Store using Registry Editor

  • Press the Windows logo and R keys together to open the Run box.
  • Now, type regedit in the box and then click on the OK button.

Type regedit

  • Soon, it will open the Registry window and you need to double-click on the Computer icon.

Click on computer

  • The above step will give you a few options, select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and then double-click on it. Thereafter, you will find a few folders and you need to select software.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

  • In the software section, you will get ample of features and your job is to navigate for Policies.

navigate for Policies

  • After getting the Policies folder, double-click on it and then select Microsoft.

select Microsoft

  • Now here you will have to find and select the Windows logo Key Store and then create a new DWORD value. For that right-click on Windows Key store and select DWORD from the drop-down menu. In the field of name, type RemoveWindowStore, and in the field of Value, keep it 1. However, If you don’t find Windows key store then create a new DWORD value inside the Microsoft folder.

Use the Disk Check method

If you have recently faced this issue, then you can access the Disk Check method to fix the issue.

  • Press the Start button, type CMD in the search bar, and then select the same from the search result and after that right-click on it to choose Run as administrator.

Run as administrator

  • Soon, a new window will open, and here you need to type chkdsk.exe/f/r in the box and then hit Enter key.

chkdsk.exe/f/r

  • Thereafter, you will be asked for the confirmation and you need to press the Y key to allow the system to fix the issue.

Press Y

  • Now, wait for a while as Windows will take time to resolve the issue.

Increase virtual memory

Try increasing the virtual memory by following these steps:

  • Type performance in the search box and click on Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows from search results.

Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows

  • This will open the Performance Options window.
  • Switch to the Advanced tab and click on the Change button under the virtual memory section.

virtual memory

  • Then in the Virtual Memory window, just uncheck the option Automatically manage paging file size for all drives, select the system volume (usually C: partition) and click Custom size option, as follows.

Automatically manage paging file size for all drives

  • In the option for Initial size (MB), enter the value just equivalent to your RAM and enter just the double of your RAM in the Maximum size (MB) option. Now, click Set and OK to save changes and restart your computer.

click Set and OK

Change the value of AppXSvc in Registry

  • Open Registry Editor and navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AppXSvc
  • Simply copy this above address in the Registry editor search bar on the top.
  • On the right panel, open the ‘start’ file and change the value from ‘3’ to ‘4’.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AppXSvc

  • Restart the computer.

Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State

If nothing works, then you may need to perform a Clean Boot state. Basically it is to make Windows run only on a few essential driver sets and startup programs. This way you can manually isolate the issue in case it is because of any startup programs.

Conclusion

So, these were the solutions to fix wsappx high disk and CPU usage issues. However, if you have any issue related to Windows OS, then feel free to post in the comment box and we will offer you the utmost solution to fix the same.

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