How to Fix Widgets High CPU Usage on Windows - Windows Basics


Sunday, May 8, 2022

How to Fix Widgets High CPU Usage on Windows

When something causes your PC to use CPU at a high level continuously, it is not good news for the system. High CPU usage not only consumes a lot of system resources but also slows down the computer. If you have researched and found that the root of the problem lies in Windows Widgets, you may be curious to know the reason behind it and how to fix it.

Windows Widget displays a variety of information, including weather forecasts, news, scores, and more. But if it's consuming a lot of your CPU resources, consider trying the solutions below.

What causes Windows Widgets high CPU usage?

Even a low-end Windows PC can run multiple applications simultaneously without any problems. Each running application consumes some of the CPU's processing power. But if a particular application is consuming a lot of CPU resources, the application has failed.

When an application has high CPU consumption in Windows, it can lead to crashes and slow down the system. For Windows Widgets, the cause may be many applications running in the background or the Windows Widgets support file is corrupted.

It is very easy to troubleshoot high CPU usage of Windows Widgets. Let's check all solutions in detail.

1. Update Windows or roll back a recent update

Windows continuously releases new updates periodically, and each update comes with performance improvements and bug fixes. And from what it looks like, Widgets high CPU consumption could be due to a temporary error. In this situation, updating the system can do the trick. Here are the steps you need to follow to download the latest Windows update.

1. Open Settings by pressing Win + I.

2. Select Windows Update from the monitor's control panel.

3. Click Check for updates.

If you see an update available, go ahead and install it.

Also, a recently installed Windows update could be the culprit. A faulty update can cause various problems, including heavy CPU consumption from system apps.

If you believe this may be the root of the problem, you need to revert the update. Here are the steps you need to follow to uninstall recent updates.

1. Open the Start Menu, type Control Panel and press Enter.

2. Go to Programs > Programs and Features.

3. Click View installed updates from the left panel of the screen.

4. In the Microsoft Windows section, find the recently installed update by checking the date.

5. Right-click the update and select Uninstall from the context menu.

2. Disable Widgets from Taskbar

The next solution is to disable Widgets from the Taskbar. You can do that by following the steps below.

1. Open Settings.

2. Select Personalization from the left panel of the screen.

3. Click the Taskbar option.

4. Turn off the switch next to Widgets.

Check if this fixes the problem.

3. Perform SFC Scan, DISM

System File Checker, aka SFC, is a built-in Windows utility that scans and recovers corrupted system files. In Windows operating systems, System File Checker is associated with Windows Resource Protection and it protects registry keys, folders and essential system files. These are the steps you need to follow to run an SFC scan.

1. Open Start Menu, type Command Prompt, and choose Run as administrator from the result.

2. Type the following command and press Enter.

sfc /scannow

DISM /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

The utility will run for a while and replace the corrupted file on reboot.

4. Reinstall Windows web experience Pack

If none of these steps help, you will have to reinstall Widgets. You can do that by following the steps below.

1. Open a Command Prompt window by clicking Start and typing command prompt in the search bar.

2. Type the following command and press Enter:

winget uninstall "Windows web experience Pack"

3. Type Y and press Enter to confirm your selection.

Once the uninstallation is complete, you will have to reinstall the Widget. To do this, open the Microsoft Store, type Windows Web Experience Pack and press Enter. Install the package on your system.

Hope the above solutions helped to fix the high CPU consumption issue of Widgets. However, if you're still having problems, you might consider resetting your Windows PC.

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