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Windows Modules Installer Worker causes high CPU [SOLVED]

Why the Windows Module Installer Worker hogs on my CPU, and can I disable it? The answer is no, you can’t. What you can do is reset the Update Services and delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.

That should resolve the problem immediately. Alternatively, you can run the dedicated troubleshooter or prevent Windows 10 from automatically applying updates.

Continue reading for the detailed instructions below.

How do I fix Windows Module Installer Worker on Windows 10?

  1. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder
  2. Run Windows troubleshooter
  3. Stop Windows automatic updates

1. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder

  • Stop Windows Update service
  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type services.msc and hit Enter.
  3. In the Service window, look for Windows Update service.
  4. Right-click on Windows Update service and select Stop.

First, stop the Windows update service from the Services interface so that you don’t get an error while deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder.

Close the Windows Services window and follow these steps to delete SoftwareDistribution Folder.

  • Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder
  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following directory: Local Disk (C:) > Windows
  2. Look for SoftwareDistribution folder. Right-click on it, and select Delete.

Reboot your PC and check for Update again. Go to the following path: Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Check for update Windows by default downloads and stores new updates in the SoftwareDistribution folder.

Sometimes, the downloaded files can get corrupted and may result in high CPU usage due to consistently checking for updates.

One way to fix this issue is to remove the SoftwareDistribution folder and refresh the Windows update.


2. Run Windows troubleshooter

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update and Security and click on the Troubleshoot tab.
  3. Scroll down and click on Windows Update under Troubleshoot section.
    Windows Update- Troubleshooter
  4. Click on Run the Troubleshooter button. Windows Update will start scanning the system for Windows update issues and initialize the diagnostic.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to apply the recommended fix.

After applying the fix, reboot the system and check if the high disk usage issue is resolved. A good number of users have reported that running the Windows update troubleshooter has helped them fix the issue.

Windows by default include a troubleshooting utility to find and fix issues with the Windows updates.

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