How to Fix Runtime Broker High CPU Usage in Windows 10

How to Fix Runtime Broker High CPU Usage in Windows 10

When using Windows 10 you might get Runtime Broker high CPU usage problem. Although it is a common for users to consider it as a virus, but in reality it is a genuine Windows process.

In this tutorial, we will let you know what is Runtime Broker and How you can fix it.

What is Runtime Broker?

Runtime Broker is a windows system process in task manager that manages app permissions on your pc between Windows apps. For example:  universal Windows apps which is pre-installed in Windows 10 and the other apps which you have installed from Windows store.

RuntimeBroker.exe is an executable file, which is placed in the System32 folder of your Windows 10 PC.

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Runtime Broker High CPU Usage in Windows 10:

Runtime broker consumes most of the CPU usage due to which system goes slow.

In normal conditions, Runtime Broker should not use more than a few MB, but if your RAM usage is high and your PC is running very slowly, an app may be the cause of the problem.

If it is using 15% of the memory, it means you probably have an issue with an app on your PC.”

To stop Runtime Broker from using so much memory, try out the steps listed below to fix this issue.

How to Fix Runtime Broker High CPU Usage:

Fix 1: Disabling RuntimeBroker.exe via Registry Editor:

  • Type in Regedit into the search box and press enter.
    Disabling RuntimeBroker.exe via Registry Editor
  • Follow the path, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TimeBroker.
  • On the right side of the pane, tap on Start and change the Value data from 3 to 4.
    Disabling RuntimeBroker.exe via Registry Editor

Now reboot your system. Later, you can find the Runtime Broker process in the Task Manager. You will not find the Runtime Broker process there as it has been deactivated.

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Fix 2: Terminate the Runtime Broker Process in Task Manager:

  • Right-click on Start button and then tap on Task Manager.
    Terminate the Runtime Broker Process in Task Manager
  • Now, tap on the Process tab and search for Runtime Broker in the list.
  • Right-click on process and then tap on End Task.
    Terminate the Runtime Broker Process in Task Manager 1
  • Now, Reboot your PC.

However, please note Runtime Broker killing process from the Task Manager is not a permanent solution. As when you restart your computer it will launch itself  again and when you start using Windows Apps.

Fix 3: Disable “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows”:

  • Click on gear icon from Start
    Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows
  • Now, click on System.
    Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows
  • Now on left pane tap on Notifications & actions,
    then scroll down to toggle OFF “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows”
    Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows
  • Now, reboot your pc.

Also Read: Block Internet Access for a Program in Windows 10

Fix 4: Disable Background Apps:

  • Follow the steps for Settings as shown in Fix 3.
  • On the Settings, click on Privacy.
    Disable Background Apps
  • Scroll down to choose Background apps and toggle OFF the on-run apps.
    Disable Background Apps

That’s all folks. Use the above-mentioned solutions and congratulate yourself because you have fixed the Runtime Broker consuming high usage.

Vikram Dharmadhikari is a technical writer and blogger at Systweak. Being a software engineer, he tends to write about latest technologies and computer problems & easy solutions for the same. He loves to play cricket and tries to take full advantage of the technology available at hand.

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2 thoughts on “How to Fix Runtime Broker High CPU Usage in Windows 10”

    Rebellia Rose September 17, 2018 at 5:25 pm Thank you very much! I have a question, though…should there be multiple instances of this and svchost.exe running simultaneously virtually every time I open the Task Manager? Thank you in advance.
    Reply
      Systweak Team September 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm Hi Rebellia,Svchost.exe is a process on your computer that hosts, or contains, other individual services that Windows uses to perform various functions. For example, Windows Defender uses a service that is hosted by a svchost.exe process. There can be multiple instances of svchost.exe running on your computer, with each instance containing different services. One instance of svchost.exe might host a single service for a program, and another instance might host several services related to Windows. You can use Task Manager to view which services are running under each instance of svchost.exe. Open Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC, then right-click an instance of svchost.exe in Details tab, and then click Go to Service(s). The services associated with the process are highlighted on the Services tab.
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