In the Windows 10 task manager, under the “Windows Processes” section, you can find one or more wsappx processes with descriptions of “AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)”, “Client License Service (ClipSVC)”, in earlier versions of Windows 10 you might also find “WSService” . In some cases, wsappx loads the processor heavily for an unknown reason.
This manual details what the WSAPPX process is and what to do in a situation where it causes a high processor load to fix the problem. A similar topic: What is the svchost.exe process and why does it load the processor .
What is the WSAPPX Process
As part of the WSAPPX process, system services (specified when we deploy the process in the task manager) are executed that are responsible for installing, updating, and supporting the operation of the Windows 10 store applications.
Accordingly, during regular operation, the corresponding elements in the task manager may appear during the operation of applications (including the background), their installation or removal.
Usually, the elements under consideration do not cause any significant load on the processor: it can increase for a short time during installation or update processes; in other cases, during background operation, it fluctuates around zero. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
What to do if wsappx loads the processor in Windows 10
Next, in order, methods that can help fix the problem with constant high load from the wsappx processes in the task manager:
- If the problem appeared after installing some new applications from the Windows 10 store, try uninstalling them. If you have recovery points that are prior to the problem, you can use them.
- Launch the application store in the menu, open "Downloads and Updates" and update all applications (during the update, the load may be even higher than at the current moment, but after it may disappear).
- Go to Options - Applications - Applications and Features. Sort applications by install date. For all recently installed / updated applications from the Windows 10 store (there will be other applications in the list, we skip them) go to "Advanced Settings" and click "Reset". Unnecessary applications from the list are best removed altogether.
- If you disabled the Windows 10 swap file, this may cause this wsappx behavior, try turning it back on. Learn more about how to do this: Windows 10 swap file .
- If you do not need Windows 10 applications in any way, you can try stopping and disabling the service that loads the processor as part of wsappx. However, theoretically, this may affect the performance of other system elements of Windows 10, since in the OS itself a lot is “tied” to UWP applications.
- One of the common tips in this situation is to disable the Windows 10 store in the local group policy editor (gpedit.msc) along the path Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Store - Disable Store application. In my memory, this method has never been useful, but you can try, and you can additionally switch other parameters in the same section of the local group policy editor.
- I can interfere with the proper operation of the services in question by third-party antiviruses, automatic system cleaning tools, in some cases, actions to turn off telemetry ("tracking") Windows If any of this has been installed or done recently, keep in mind.
- One of the most often working, but not the most convenient options for fixing wsappx high load is to create a new user , log in under it, make sure that the load is normal, and then completely migrate to this user.
In most cases, one of the methods helps to solve the problem. In addition, I note that among the often seen store applications, wsappx causing increased processor load on the side is noted by branded utilities of laptop or PC manufacturers (those that are distributed specifically in the form of UWP applications, such as Lenovo and Dell, for example).