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Fix DISM Host Servicing Process High CPU Usage

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Windows 10 has several built-in tools that help to automatically analyze and repair corrupt files in your system. One such tool is DISM or Deployment Image Servicing and Management. It is a command-line tool that assists in servicing and preparing Windows images on Windows Recovery Environment, Windows Setup, and Windows PE. DISM works in those cases too, when the System File Checker is not working correctly. However, at times you may face DISM host servicing process high CPU Usage error. This article will discuss what is DISM host servicing process is and how to fix high CPU usage issues. Read till the end!

How to Fix DISM Host Servicing Process High CPU Usage Issue

What is DISM Host Servicing Process?

Despite the various advantages of the DISM host servicing process, there are many conflicts associated with DismHost.exe as well. Many users claim that it is an essential component of the Windows Operating system. However, some people do not agree with this claim as you cannot see its icon on the Taskbar. On the other hand, some antivirus applications consider it malware. Hence, the DISM host servicing process leads to various issues like:

  • High CPU usage up to 90 to 100%
  • Malware threat
  • High bandwidth consumption

Read more about DISM here from the Microsoft website.

Read and implement the given solutions to fix DISM Host Servicing Process causing the High CPU Usage issue on Windows 10.

Method 1: Restart Your PC

Before trying out the rest of the methods, you are advised to reboot your system. In most cases, a simple restart fixes the issue, without much effort.

1. Press the Windows key and select the Power icon

Note: Power icon is found at the bottom in Windows 10 system, while in Windows 8 system, it is located at the top.

2. Several options like Sleep, Shut down, and Restart will be displayed. Here, click on Restart, as shown.

Several options like sleep, shut down, and restart will be displayed. Here, click on Restart.

Restarting your system will refresh RAM and will lower CPU consumption.

Method 2: Disable SuperFetch (SysMain)

The startup time for applications and Windows is improved by a built-in feature called SysMain (formerly, SuperFetch). However, system programs do not benefit much from it. Instead, background activity is increased, leading to a reduction in the operational speed of the computer. These Windows services consume a lot of CPU resources, and hence, it is often, recommended to disable SuperFetch in your system.

1. Launch the Run dialog box by holding Windows + R keys together.

2. Type services.msc as shown and click OK to launch the Services window.

Type services.msc as follows and click OK to launch the Services window.

3. Now, scroll down and right-click on SysMain. Then, select Properties, as depicted.

Scroll down to SysMain. Right-click on it and select Properties

4. Here, in the General tab, set the Startup type to Disabled from the drop-down menu, as highlighted below.

set the Startup type to Disabled from the drop-down menu. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

5. Finally, click Apply and then, OK to save the changes.

Also Read: Fix DISM Error 14098 Component Store has been corrupted

Method 3: Disable Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Similarly, disabling BITS will help fix DISM host servicing process high CPU usage error.

1. Navigate to the Services window using the steps mentioned in Method 2.

2. Scroll and right-click on Background Intelligent Transfer Service and select Properties.

right-click on Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Select Properties.

3. Here, in the General tab, set the Startup type to Disabled, as depicted.

set the Startup type to Disabled from the drop-down menu

4. Finally, click Apply then, OK to save the changes.

Method 4: Disable Windows Search Service

Likewise, this process too takes up a lot of CPU resources and can be easily disabled to fix said problem, as explained below.

1. Again, launch the Services Window as mentioned in the above Method 2.

2. Now, right-click on Windows Search Service, and select Properties, as shown.

right-click on Windows Search Service, and select Properties. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

3. Here, in the General tab, set the Startup type to Disabled, as highlighted.

set the Startup type to Disabled from the drop-down menu

4. Click on Apply > OK and exit.

Also Read: Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

Method 5: Run Malware or Virus Scan

Windows Defender may not recognize the threat when a virus or malware uses the DismHost.exe file as camouflage. Thereby, hackers may easily intrude into your system. Few malicious software such as worms, bugs, bots, adware, etc. might also contribute to this problem.

However, you can identify if your system is under malicious threat through the unusual behavior of your Operating System.

  • You will notice several unauthorized access.
  • Your system will crash more frequently.

Few anti-malware programs can help you overcome malicious software. They routinely scan and safeguard your system. Therefore, to avoid DISM host servicing process high CPU usage error, run an antivirus scan in your system and check if the problem is solved. Follow the below-mentioned steps to do so:

1. Navigate to Windows Settings by pressing Windows + I keys together.

2. Here, click on Update & Security, as shown.

Here, the Windows Settings screen will pop up, now click on Update and Security.

3. Click on Windows Security in the left pane.

4. Next, select the Virus & threat protection option under Protection areas, as depicted.

select the Virus & threat protection option under Protection areas. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

5A. Click on Start Actions under Current threats to take action against the listed threats.

Click on Start Actions under Current threats. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

5B. If you do not have any threats in your system, the system will display No actions needed alert.

If you do not have any threats in your system, the system will show the No actions needed alert as highlighted.

6. Reboot your system and check if DISM high CPU usage error is fixed.

Method 6: Update/Reinstall Drivers

If the new drivers you have installed or updated in your system are incompatible or outdated in relevance to the operating system files, you will face the DISM host servicing process high CPU usage problem. Therefore, you are advised to update your device and drivers to prevent the said problem.

1. Launch Device Manager from the Windows 10 search as shown.

Type Device Manager in the Windows 10 search menu. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

2. Double-click on System devices to expand it.

You will see the System devices on the main panel; double click on it to expand it.

3. Now, right-click on your system driver and click on Update driver, as highlighted.

Now, right-click on any chipset driver and click on Update driver. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

4. Click on Search automatically for drivers to let Windows locate and install the driver.

click on Search automatically for drivers to download and install a driver automatically.

5A. Now, the drivers will update to the latest version, if they are not updated.

5B. If they are already in an updated stage, the screen displays: Windows has determined that the best driver for this device is already installed. There may be better drivers on Windows Update or on the device manufacturer’s website. Click on the Close button to exit the window.

The-best-drivers-for-your-device-are-already-installed

6. Restart the computer, and confirm that the high CPU usage issue is fixed.

In some cases, users could fix high CPU usage issue by reinstalling the drivers that were causing the said issue like Display or Audio or Network drivers.

1. Launch Device Manager and expand any section by double-clicking on it.

2. Now, right-click on the driver, e.g. Intel Display Adapter, and select Uninstall device, as shown.

right-click on the driver and select Uninstall device. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

3. Check the box titled Delete the driver software for this device and confirm the prompt by clicking Uninstall.

Now, a warning prompt will be displayed on the screen. Check the box “Delete the driver software for this device” and confirm the prompt by clicking on Uninstall. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

4. Now, visit the manufacture’s website and download the latest version of the said driver.

Note: You can download Intel, AMD, or NVIDIA display drivers from here.

5. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to run the executable and install the driver.

Note: When installing a new driver on your device, your system may reboot several times.

Also read: What is Device Manager? [EXPLAINED]

Method 7: Update Windows

If you did not obtain fix by the above methods, then installing the latest version of Windows should solve the DISM host servicing process high CPU usage issue.

1. Navigate to Settings > Update & Security as instructed in Method 5.

2. Now, select Check for Updates from the right panel.

select Check for Updates from the right panel

3A. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the latest update, if available.

Follow the on screen instructions to download and install the latest update available.

3B. If your system is already up-to-date, then it will show You’re up to date message.

Now, select Check for Updates from the right panel.

4. Restart your PC to complete the installation.

Method 8: Reinstall DismHost.exe

Sometimes reinstalling DismHost.exe file can fix the DISM host servicing process high CPU usage issue.

1. Launch Control Panel through the Search Bar as shown below.

Type Control Panel in the search bar and click Open.

2. Set View by > Category and click on Uninstall a program, as depicted below.

Click Programs & Features to open Uninstall or change a program window

3. Here, search for DismHost.exe and click on it. Then, select Uninstall.

Note: Here, we have used Google Chrome as an example.

Now, click on DismHost.exe and select Uninstall option as depicted in the below picture. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

4. Now, confirm the prompt by clicking on Uninstall.

5. In the Windows Search box, type %appdata% to open App Data Roaming folder.

Click the Windows Search box and type the command.

6. Here, right-click on the DismHost.exe folder and click Delete.

Note: We have used Chrome as an example here.

Now, right-click on the DismHost.exe folder and delete it. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

7. Reinstall DismHost.exe from here and follow the on-screen instructions.

Also Read: Fix DISM Error 0x800f081f in Windows 10

Method 9: Perform System Restore

If you are still facing high CPU usage issue, then the last resort is to perform a system restore. Follow the steps below to do the same:

1. Launch Control Panel as mentioned above.

2. Set View by > Large icons and click on Recovery, as shown.

Launch Control Panel and select Recovery

2. Click on Open System Restore option.

Choose Open System Restore.

3. Now, click on Next.

Now, click on Next, as shown.

4. Select the last update and click on Next, as shown highlighted below.

Select the last update and click on Next. DISM host servicing process high CPU usage

5. Finally, click on Finish to restore your Windows PC to the state where DISM Servicing Process wasn’t causing any issues.

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you could fix DISM host servicing process high CPU usage issue. Let us know which method worked for you. Also, if you have any queries or suggestions, then feel free to drop them in the comment section.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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