In the Windows 10 task manager, as well as in reports on network activity, you can see processes with the names usoclient.exe and usocoreworker.exe. Sometimes they can cause a high load on the processor, and in some cases, just the curiosity of users makes you ask what kind of processes are they and whether they are safe.
This article details the purpose of usocoreworker.exe and usoclient.exe in Windows 10, for which they are needed and additional information that may be useful. Note: you may not see such processes, they are not always running. But, if you go to Settings - Updates and Security - Windows Update, usocoreworker.exe will start immediately.
What are usoclient.exe and usocoreworker.exe
Usoclient.exe and usocoreworker.exe located in the C: \ Windows \ System32 folder and the corresponding processes in the task manager are system components of Windows 10 and belong to the Update Session Orchestrator - a system service that works with updates: search for, download and install them.
In the Russian version of Windows 10, a service in the list of services is called "Update Orchestrator Service" or "Update Orchestrator Service", I do not exclude that it will be renamed in the future: now the name is very similar to machine translation. In the English version - “Update Orchestrator Service”.
In addition to the service itself, tasks related to the operation of usocoreworker.exe and usoclient.exe can be started, which can be found in the task scheduler in the section "Task Scheduler Library" - "Microsoft" - "Windows" - "UpdateOrchestrator".
What to do if these processes load the processor and memory
Sometimes you may find that usoclient.exe or usocoreworker.exe is loading the processor of a computer or laptop. In most cases, this is a normal situation that arises from time to time, namely during those periods when the system is working with updates (including in the background).
That is, you should not worry about it if the situation is not permanent, and the load never drops. In the latter case, you should figure out what interferes with the normal operation of the system with updates. If you turned off Windows 10 updates , try disabling the “Update Orchestrator Service” service and then restarting the computer: perhaps this will solve the problem.
Using usoclient.exe on the command line
If you wish, you can use usoclient.exe manually at the command line with the following parameters for working with updates:
- usoclient. exe RestartDevice - to reboot and complete the installation of updates. May not work on some versions of Windows 10.
- usoclient. exe ResumeUpdate - continue the update process at boot.
- usoclient. exe ScanInstallWait - downloads, but does not install updates. Before executing a command, the following exe commands cannot be used.
- usoclient. exe StartDownload - start downloading updates.
- usoclient. exe StartInstall - start the installation of updates, it works after ScanInstallWait.
- usoclient. exe StartInteractiveScan - interactive search for updates (can show dialog boxes with information and requests).
- usoclient. exe StartScan - start the search for updates.
Please note that for passing parameters no additional characters are used (slash, hyphen), just enter the parameter immediately after usoclient.exe.