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TiWorker.exe High Disk or CPU Usage on Windows 11

Tiworker.exe causing high disk or CPU usage after Windows 11 update? This is a legitimate process, responsible for managing Windows Updates and related tasks. Tiworker.exe typically operates in the background without causing any issues, However, there are situations where it might lead to high CPU or disk usage. This article explores what is tiworker.exe, is it a virus? Why tiworker.exe High CPU or Disk usage, can we disable it?

What is tiworker.exe?

Tiworker.exe, short for TrustedInstaller Worker is a legitimate Windows process responsible for handling Windows Updates and related tasks. It operates as part of the Windows modules installer worker, ensuring the installation, modification, and removal of Windows updates, service packs, and optional components. It prepares your computer for installation and checks frequently for new updates.

Tiworker.exe is important for maintaining system stability, security, and functionality.

Tiworker.exe high CPU Usage

Usually, Tiworker.exe is most active during the installation of Windows Updates, as It processes, validates, and installs updates to ensure your system remains up to date and secure.  Tiworker.exe verifies and validates the updated files to ensure they were applied correctly. Once it completes its task the CPU or Disk usage usually comes to normal.

When a Windows update is being downloaded, installed, or is running only, TiWorker.exe will consume CPU resources.

However, if you see Windows modules installer work causing high disk or CPU Usage continuously, it’s time to start troubleshooting.

Let TiWorker.exe complete its task

Tiworker.exe is an essential process that handles Windows Updates and related tasks. High disk usage might indicate that it’s working on important update activities. Allowing it to complete its processes naturally will often lead to normalized disk usage.

In addition, A restart can help resolve temporary issues, including those related to tiworker.exe. It clears system resources and might interrupt any processes causing high disk usage.

Install pending updates

Tiworker.exe is closely associated with Windows Update tasks, and when there are updates pending for installation, it might engage in resource-intensive activities to process and apply those updates. Let’s check and manually install if pending Windows updates are there to free up system resources used by Tiworker.exe. Windows updates also include bug fixes for different issues that may be causing Tiworker.exe high CPU or Disk usage on Windows 11.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select Settings
  • Go to windows update and click on Check for updates
  • If new update available or pending there, allow them to download and install

windows 11 update download

In addition, click on Advanced options then optional updates. If optional updates are available download them and reboot your computer. Check if this help fix tiworker.exe high CPU or Disk usage on Windows 11.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows Update troubleshooter is designed to identify and resolve issues related to Windows Update components. It can detect misconfigurations or conflicts that might be causing tiworker.exe to use excessive disk resources.

  • Press Windows key + I to open the settings app
  • Go to System then Troubleshoot and click on Other Troubleshooters
  • Click on Run next to Windows update, this will start to Diagnose and fix Windows updates and related problems.

Windows Update troubleshooter detect the Windows update problems and will fix them accordingly.

windows 11 update troubleshooter

Reboot Windows 11 after complete the troubleshooting and check if the CPU or Disk usage comes to normal.

Reset Windows Update Components

Manually resetting Windows Update components involves stopping relevant services, renaming related folders, and restarting services. This process can resolve issues with Windows Update services, which could be causing tiworker.exe to function abnormally.

  • First, open the Windows service console using services.msc.
  • Locate Windows update, right-click on it select stop.

stop windows update service

  • Press Windows key + E to open file explorer and navigate, C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
  • Open the Download folder, and delete all content inside the folder.

Don’t worry about these files and folders, these are temporary update files. When you next time check for Windows update it will force download fresh copy from the Microsoft server.

  • Press Ctrl + A to select all then hit the Del key to remove all of them

Delete windows update cache

Now restart your computer and check if this help fix tiworker.exe high Disk or CPU usage on Windows 11.

Pause Windows Updates Temporarily

Temporarily pausing Windows Updates stops the current update activity, including tasks handled by tiworker.exe. This provides a brief respite to your system, especially if an update is causing unusually high disk or CPU usage on Windows 11.

  • Open “Settings” from the Start menu.
  • Go to Windows Update from the sidebar.
  • Here Next to Pause updates, select the arrow mark and click Pause for 1 week

From here you can pause Windows 11 updates up to 5 weeks.

Pause windows 11 update to fix Tiworker.exe high disk usage

Perform SFC and DISM Scan

Sometimes due to corrupt system files windows fails to apply the latest updates that cause stuck checking or installing result tiworker.exe high CPU or Disk usage. The System File Check (SFC) and Deployment Imaging Service and Management Tool (DISM) scans are diagnostic and repair tools for system files. These scans help identify and fix corrupted or missing files that might be triggering high disk usage by tiworker.exe.

  • Press Windows key + S, type cmd and select run as administrator,
  • First, run the DISM restore health command dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • This will scan Windows images for errors or corruption and try to repair them using Windows update as a source.

DISM command help tiworker.exe high disk usage

  • Let the DISM scan complete 100%, once done, run the system file checker command sfc /scannow

Run sfc scan windows 11

  • This will start scanning the system for missing damaged corrupted system files.
  • If found any the SFC utility will restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.
  • Once the scanning is complete 100%, close the command prompt and reboot your PC.

Check Disk Errors causing High Disk usage

Also Sometimes Disk Drive Errors Cause High Disk usage, System Became unresponsive, Disk Continuously use 99% etc. Windows has a very helpful CHKDSK command-line utility that checks for disk drive errors. And by adding some extra parameters we can force CHKDSK to check and fix disk drive errors. And make sure disk Drive Errors, Bad sectors not causing this High Disk Usage problem.

  1. First, open the command prompt as administrator then type command chkdsk c: /f /r /x And hit the enter key.
  2. When asking for schedule disk check on the next restart press the Y key and Restart windows.
  3. This will scan and check the drive errors if found any the chkdsk utility try to repair them.
  4. After 100% complete the scan and repair process windows will restart Automatically.

Now on the next start check, there is no higher Disk Usage problem and the System is Running smoothly.

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