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What is WSAPPX? How To Fix High Disk and CPU Usage/Load Issue [Solved]

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Know about wsappx and the reason why does it cause high disk and cpu usage. Here is the solution for the 100% disk usage problem / issue which happens due to WSAPPX.

When I started the latest version of Windows 10 a week ago, I found high cpu load almost at the first usage itself. I fired up the Windows Task Manager with the usual keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+Esc, select the more details button and observed that Windows process wsappx was the culprit.

(Important : This task might also be displayed as wsappx (2) or wsappx (3) in many cases).

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Cpu usage may hike up to a point as high as around 30% and may also go down at times, but still it spike up almost quickly again at the same time. If you expand the wsappx task, 1, 2 or even may be 3 Window services will open up:

  1. Windows Store Service (WSService),
  2. Client License Service (ClipSVC) and
  3. AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC).

Before moving ahead, lets break these down one by one….

AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)

Give needed important infrastructural support for carrying Store app related tasks. This particular task is starts on demand at the start and if disabled Store applications may not be deployed at all to the PC, at alone functioning as expected.

Client License Service (ClipSVC)

Give needed important infrastructural support for the whole Microsoft Store. This particular task is starts on demand at the start and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store may not be deployed at all to the PC, at alone functioning as expected.

 

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Windows Store Service (WSService)

Give needed important infrastructural support for the whole Microsoft Store. This particular task is starts on demand at the start and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store may not be deployed at all to the PC, at alone functioning as expected.

Yea! You read it right, this does the same task as that of above service – Client License Service (ClipSVC).

Trying to end one of the above tasks aka services, for example by right-clicking on it in the Task Manager or by clicking on stop button in the Services manager will show an error dialog box stating that it can not be stopped. It goes something like this:

“Window could not stop the […] service on Local Computer. The service did not return an error. This could be an internal Windows error or an internal service error. If the problem persists, contact your system administrator.”

But this is not the case always and if you are patient enough to wait for some time and then try to stop it by either of the ways, you may be successful in stopping all of the services from running manually.

The main problem in this way of solving this problem is that these services may start again at any time, and the main reason for that is something like this….

All three tasks do not provide any option to change the startup type settings on a local computer system. The only startup type that is available is manual and automatic is disabled aka grayed out. So, you can’t do anything out here. Your hands are tied!

Related: Windows 10 Gadgets.

What will be the result if you disable Windows Store in the Local Group Policy?

One may think that disabling Windows Store will have an effect on the wsappx process but nothing like that happens at all. You may try this one out.

Disable Windows Store in Windows 10 by following the mentioned steps:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
  2. Step 1 of 3 : Go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store.
  3. Step 2 of 3 : Now, you have to Double-click the Turn off the Store application and simply switch the policy to enabled.
  4. Step 3 of 3 : Restart the computer.

But you will observe that the process is still running after you have gotten rid of the Store on the system.

What will be the result if you end the wsappx task instead?

The wsappx task can be killed in Windows Task Manager. If you select it and then on the end task, it gets terminated well enough. But still the catch is….

The reason being that this does not affect startup types it may most probably come up again at any time and so obviously which means that it is not a permanent solution at all.

Is wsappx a virus?

It’s clear that WSAPPX is a part of Window. Also, we haven’t seen any malware disguised as AppXSVC, ClipSVC, or WSService processes. Still, if you are concerned, it’s better to run a complete scan of your system.

Conclusion

Microsoft brought in wsappx with Windows8.1. It’s clear that wsappx is a Store related service, but even after disabling the Store on the system, the process didn’t stop. The reason is still unclear.

As of now, we weren’t able to find any solution to permanently ged rid of high cpu usage caused due to the wsappx process in Windows 10.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Decker February 25, 2018, 6:19 pm

    So you don’t have a solution. Then why did you post this article in the first place? Jeez.

    • WEF March 13, 2018, 5:23 pm

      We will update, if there is any.

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