What is WMI (WmiPrvSE.exe)?

WMI Host Provider WmiPrvSE is a Windows server management process used by developers for monitoring purposes.

This behavior is commonly seen in production environments. After upgrading Windows 7 to 10, many users noticed the CPU usage caused the system lag, hot and slow. I guess that the problem is caused by the service’s unusual behavior, not following the pattern it is supposed to.

To fix this problem, we will run some basic commands in the command prompt and restart the Windows Instrumentation Management Service.

Repair corrupt files

Download and run Reimage Plus to scan, repair, restore corrupt and missing files from here, and then see if WMIPrvSE process usage drops. If not, try the solutions listed below.

Restart the Windows Management Instrumentation Management Service

Hold Windows key and Press R. In the Run dialog box; type services.msc

From the Services Panel; Locate the Windows Management Instrumentation Service; what I usually do is click on any service and then press the W key to get to the services that start with Word W. Then, do a quick scan to locate what I want.

Now select Restart to restart the service. You can also stop the service from here if you want, but it is not recommended. So let it run, and we will fix the high CPU usage issue with this process.

Restart other related services

Once this’s done, please hover your mouse over the bottom left corner on the Start button and do (Right-Click) on it. The context menu will open; select Command Prompt (Admin).

In the command prompt window that opens; Type the following commands one by one; press the Enter key after each command.

net stop iphlpsvc
net stop wscsvc
net stop Winmgmt
net start Winmgmt
net start wscsvc
net start iphlpsvc

Once done; Restart your computer and test. This will allow the process to be drastically reduced, and the CPU will return to normal usage. If not, continue to the next method below.

Locate the Using Event Viewer process and Uninstall it

Open Event Viewer. If you are using Windows 7 or earlier, search for Event Viewer in the Start Menu and then open it. If you are using Windows 8 / 8.1 or 10, press Windows logo key + X to open the WinX Menu and then click Event Viewer in the WinX Menu.

Click View in the toolbar at the top of the Event Viewer window and enable the Show Analytic and Debug Logs option.

In the window’s left pane, navigate to Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > WMI-Activity.

Double-click WMI-Activity to expand its content, and click Operational in its list of contents to open the WMI provider activity logs.

Look for any bugs; when you do, click on it to display its specifications at the bottom of the window.

In the General tab of the error specifications you clicked, look for the word ClientProcessId, and when you find it, note or remember the number (s) – 1079, for example – which follows it.

Close Event Viewer and open Task Manager. Hold Windows key and press R. In the Run dialog box, type taskmgr and click OK. Navigate to the Services tab and find the service with the same Process ID ( PID ) with the number following ClientProcessID.

The service with the corresponding Process ID is the culprit. Once you find it, immediately disable it and then go to Control Panel > Programs & Features and uninstall the culprit service program. Send. Once the program has been uninstalled, the WMI Provider Host should go back to using an extremely minimal amount of CPU.