WSAPPX High CPU Usage {Solved}

Wondering your PC is being slow without any reason, and then you see WSAPPX High CPU Usage. Want to know What it is? And how to fix it! Keep reading the article. This is a Microsoft based service associated with Windows Store. WSAPPX runs when the user updates, install or uninstall any Windows Store application. Sometimes even after the updates are applied, this service still runs unresponsively in the background and makes your PC slow as a snail.



Why WSAPPX Consuming High CPU?

Since this service is used to Install or perform other operations from Windows Store and consumes resources for those operations, sometimes this service runs in the background due to some reasons and consumes the High CPU even if the user does not install updates or uninstalling an application. In simple words, you can say this service is in a Trance.

How to Fix WSAPPX High CPU Usage

There could be a number of solutions and each solution is for a different cause. There are some common causes for this to occur like applications are automatically updating in the background, due to some faulty drivers it keeps on updating or it could also be a startup problem.

In this article, you will solutions for common causes due to which this service WSAPPX can misbehave. Simply follow the solutions below to fix it.

Solution 1: Restart your Computer

Many times due to a third-party application interference, this problem could occur, and just a simple Restart will be sufficient to fix it.

Restarting or Rebooting the system is pretty easy; just right-click on the Windows section’s Power button and choose Restart.

Note: If it shows An application is running in the background, then click on Forcible Restart /Shutdown.

Solution 2: Update Your Device Drivers

Drivers are needed to be updated on time. But sometimes while updating drivers due to irruption of any other application or by any means if the installation is interrupted it could lead to many problems in this case it is the High CPU usage. In this solution, we will update our device drivers. Simply follow the steps below to update your device drivers.

Step 1: Click on Windows Key and type Device Manager in search bar and hit Enter.

Step 2: Now locate your devices one by one and right-click on them.

Step 3: Select updated driver from the menu.

Step 4: Select the search for updates automatically.

Step 5: If your PC is unable to find a driver then you need to go to the device manufacturer’s website and download it from over there.

If WSAPPX is still taking High usage from CPU. Then you should try out other solutions.

Solution 3: Increase Your Virtual Memory

Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an operating system (OS) – which uses hardware and software to allow a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages, by temporarily transferring data from random access memory (RAM) to disk storage.

Sometimes due to a shortage of virtual memory services like WSAPPX can behave unresponsively. To solve this problem we’ll increase the virtual memory of the system. Simply follow the steps below to increase virtual memory.

Step 1: Press Windows Key and search for Performance. Then select Adjust Appearance vs Performance in Windows.

Step 2: Press the Advanced tab and select change.

Step 3: Uncheck the box saying ” Automatically manage paging file size for all drive.

Step 4: Choose the drive on which Windows is installed.

Step 5: Put the amount of RAM in Initial size and put double of initial size in maximum size.

Step 6: Click OK and Restart your PC.

Now you’ve finally increased your PC’s virtual memory. If virtual memory deficiency was the cause. Then, the error should be solved. If you are still facing the same problem follow other solutions.

Solution 4: Disable the Windows Store

There are many users who do not use Windows Store or it applications. Hence disabling Windows Store is the fastest and easiest way to deal with this problem. There are two methods to disable the Windows Store.

Method 1: Using Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R and type ” gpeedit.msc “ then hit Enter.

Step 2: Click on Computer configuration and select Administrative Templates.

Step 3: Then click on Windows Components and select Store.

Step 4: Search for the setting Turn Off Store application in the right panel and then select Edit.

Step 5: Click on Enable and hit Enter.

If you didn’t found Group Policy Editor on your PC you can use the 2nd method.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

Step 1: Press Windows Key and search for regedit.

Step 2: Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore key.

Step 3: Now you have to create a new DWORD and assign it a value 1. To do that Right-click on the right panel and select new DWORD.

Step 4: Then rename it to “RemoveWindowsStore”.

Note: if you don’t find any WindowsStore key then you have to create it. Like a subfolder.

Now the Windows Store is disabled WSAPPX service won’t bother you anymore. If you want to use the Windows Store and get rid of the problem then you should try other solutions.

Solution 5: Disable Superfetch and Windows Search

Superfetch is a service that is used to launch applications faster and improve system responsiveness. Many users found this solution very helpful in their cases. Disabling these services won’t affect your system in a way you notice. Simply follow the steps below to Disable these services.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R type services and hit Enter.

Step 2: Now scroll down till you found “Superfetch“.

Step 3: Then Right-click on it and choose Disabled in Startup option then click on apply.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 for “Windows search“.

Now you’ve successfully disabled both of these services. Check, and if the problem still exists, you should try other solutions.

Solution 6: Run A System Scan

If any Malware or virus is present in your system it could also trigger this problem of high CPU. By running a system scan (deep scan) on your system,m you’ll find any Malware or virus present in your system. To do a system scan follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Windows defender or Antivirus.

Step 2: Click on the Deep scan.

Step 3: When the scan completes, choose the appropriate way to remove malware or virus.

If you are still facing the same problem. You should check out other solutions.

Solution 7: Perform a Clean Boot

If any of these solutions didn’t work out for you. You need to perform a Clean Boot. A clean boot will only let important drivers and services to run. This way you can find where the actual problem lies. Now simply follow the steps below to perform a Clean Boot.

Step 1: Right-click the Start button.

Step 2: Click Search.

Step 3: Type msconfig and hit Enter.

Step 4: Click Services.

Step 5: Click the checkbox next to Hide all Microsoft services.

Step 6: Click Disable all.

Step 7: Click Startup and Open Task Manager.

Step 8: Click any startup program you suspect might be interfering.

Step 9: Click Disable. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for all startup programs.

Step 10: Finally Restart your PC.

Now you’ve performed a clean boot now you’ll be able tell what was the cause behind this problem.


Is WSAPPX Necessary?

It is a part of the Windows service. It is used to install, update, or uninstall an application on PC. If you don’t use Store’s applications, then this service is not necessary for you.

Is WSAPPX a Virus?

No, it is not a virus; it is a Microsoft Windows Service. Although sometimes it may act like a virus and uses up resources. But it’s behavior could happen due to many reasons. But it is not a virus.

Can I Disable WSAPPX?

The answer is yes and no both. Because you can temporarily suspend this service but you won’t gonna be able disable it permanently. You can temporarily Disable it by opening task manager and hit End Process.


WSAPPX takes High CPU because it updates applications in the background. At the end of the article, I hope you have found your solution to WSAPPX High CPU Usage.