Windows Module Installer Worker or
TiWorker.exe is a vital service responsible for checking and updating Windows OS. It starts when your system checks for updates and ends after the update finishes. However, errors with the update or your system will cause it to get stuck.
In such cases, it starts consuming more system resources, increasing the CPU usage. High CPU allocation causes system lags and overheating of the processor.
Fortunately, this method is easy to fix, and you only need a few simple methods, which we have provided in this guide.
Is Windows Modules Installer Worker or TiWorker.exe Dangerous?
Windows Modules Installer Worker is not a dangerous program. You can find it running during the following operations:
- Downloading or installing automatic updates.
- Performing automatic system maintenance.
So, it’s an important process for Windows Update, and it’s best not to end it haphazardly if you don’t want any update errors.
What Causes Windows Module Installer Workers High CPU Usage
Windows Module Installer High disk usage occurs due to the function of the Windows Modules Installer component. The component runs in the background, automatically updating your system by downloading, installing, and replacing files or Windows data.
This process itself is intense leading high disk usage and can be further aggravated due to the following conditions:
- Unstable internet connection while installing the updates
- Improper shutdown while installation of windows updates
- Interference due to third-party apps.
- System file corruption.
- Hard Disk drive Failing
- Insufficient storage on the Hard Disk
- Bad configuration of windows update
- Malware infection
How to Fix Windows Module Installer Worker High CPU Error
The Windows Module Installer Worker High CPU usage is a normal phenomenon during an update. Therefore, before you try out the solutions listed below, you need to know whether the update is still running.
If the update is still running, for example, if you notice that the update bar is progressing, you should wait until it finishes. You can also reboot your PC and see if the update progresses. However, if there is no update, below are a few solutions you could try.
Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
If the update isn’t progressing, it might be stuck — you might even experience the dreaded Windows black screen. Reboot your computer and run the Windows Update troubleshooter. Here are the steps you need:
- Reboot your computer
- Open Control Panel
- Under the category tab, select System and Security
- Click on Troubleshoot common computer problems
- Under Get Up and Running, click on Windows Update and select Run The Troubleshooter.
TiWorker.exe also helps in automatic maintenance tasks. So, it’s better to run the System Maintenance Troubleshooter as well. To do so,
- Set View by to Large icons and click Troubleshooting.
- Under System and Security, click Run maintenance tasks.
- Click Next and follow the instructions.
Change Scheduled Maintenance Setting
As we mentioned earlier, Windows Module Installer Worker also runs during automatic system maintenance. So, when your system is going through scheduled maintenance,
TiWorker.exe’s CPU usage will be high.
If you don’t want this issue to disturb your work, you should change the schedule for maintenance. Here’s how you can do so:
- Open Run and enter
- Go to Security and Maintenance or System and Security > Security and Maintenance.
- Expand Maintenance and click Change maintenance settings.
- Change the time to one where you won’t be working on your PC.
Change the Windows Module Installer StartUp Type to Manual
Another reason for this issue is your automatic update getting stuck. TiWorker.exe process won’t stop unless the update finishes.
You can try manually installing the updates to resolve this issue. We recommend installing the latest updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog. It’s also better to use the Windows Update Assistant if you don’t know which updates to install.
If the issue is severe, especially for people using PCs with low processing power, you can change the Windows Module Installer’s Startup type to manual. If you change the startup type to the manual, your PC won’t be able to automatically update itself without you kickstarting it.
Here are the steps you need to follow.
- Press the combination Windows + R to open Run
- Type the code
services.mscand press Enter
- Under the service list, scroll down to Windows Modules Installer.
- Right-click on the service and select Properties.
- On the General tab, Change the Startup Type to Manual.
- Click Apply then OK.
Restart Windows Update Components
The best way to fix update issues is to restart the Windows Update Components. You need to perform the following tasks in this method:
- Stop all services necessary for the update.
- Remove the downloaded update files.
- Restart the update services.
Doing so removes all faulty update files and allows your system to restart the update. After that,
TiWorker.exe won’t take too much time updating your system if there are no further issues.
Here are the necessary steps to restart Windows Update Components:
- Open Run.
cmdand press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to load the Elevated Command Prompt.
- Enter the following commands:
net stop bits net stop wuauserv net stop appidsvc net stop cryptsvc ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak net start bits net start wuauserv net start appidsvc net start cryptsvc
Repair Corrupt Windows Files
Corrupt system files are responsible for several system issues. In this case, the corruption of
TiWorker.exe or the files it needs for its operation can cause high CPU usage. Execute the following steps to repair the files:
- Open the Elevated Command Prompt.
- Enter the following commands:
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
chkdsk C: /f /x /r
You can check out our article on How to Repair Corrupted Windows Files to learn more about the process.
We also recommend scanning your system with an antivirus in case a malware script mimics
TiWorker.exe and uses the CPU.
Change Priority of or End TiWorker.exe
TiWorker.exe operates for a short time only. So the CPU consumption should be temporary in most scenarios. However, if you don’t want to interrupt your work even in this small time frame, you can change the process’s priority. It allocates more thread time for your work and less for the background TiWorker.exe process. To lower its priority,
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
- Go to the Details tab and search for
- Right-click on it and select Set Priority > Low.
But sometimes, the process continues using up your CPU for a long time. You can try ending the process only in such cases. On the Task Manager’s Details tab, right-click on
TiWorker.exe and select End task to do so.
Remove Incompatible Programs
Another reason for this issue involves interference from third-party apps. Many HP users have discovered that support apps like HP Support Assistant have been increasing
TiWorker.exe's CPU usage in some cases. You need to disable such programs from the Startup or uninstall them to resolve the issue.
We recommend troubleshooting in clean boot to determine the responsible application or service. To do so,
- Go to the Services tab.
- Tick Hide all Microsoft services and click Disable all.
- Then, go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
- Select each program and click Disable.
Then, restart your system. Now enable individual service or program, reboot the PC, and check if the issue reoccurs. Do so for all the services and programs until you manage to isolate the culprit. You need to disable or uninstall the corresponding program to resolve the issue.
Third-party services for the drivers of devices you no longer use may also cause such conflicts. In such cases, you need to uninstall them. To do so,
- Open Run and enter
- Click on View > Show hidden devices.
- Expand to the device and right-click on it.
- Select Uninstall driver and Uninstall.
Upgrade Hardware Components
If your system is lacking,
TiWorker.exe uses most of the system resources for its operation. So, we recommend you replace your current PC with a better one. If you don’t want to do so, you should upgrade your CPU, extend your RAM or add more storage. Make sure to check for compatibility with your PC before installing new hardware.
End the TiWorker.exe
- Open the Task Manager
- Click on the Details tab
TiWorker.exeand Click on End Task
Scan System for Errors
The Windows Module Installer Worker High Disk usage can occur due to corrupted files. Therefore, you can use the Windows System File Checker program to scan your PC and repair these lost and corrupted files. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Run Command Prompt as administrator
- Type the code
- Press Enter
Verify if the System Is Under Scheduled Maintenance
Microsoft included the Scheduled Maintenance or Automatic maintenance with Windows 8 where it functions in software updates, security scanning, and other system processes. The process is automatic and according to its programming, it wakes your computer at 2.00 AM daily and does its functions.
However, if you use Scheduled Maintenance and it clashes with when you are working, it can result in Windows Module Installer Worker High Disk Usage. Therefore, you need to verify if your PC is under scheduled maintenance. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Open the Control Panel
- Click on the System and Security
- Click on Security and Maintenance
- Click on Maintenance to open the tab
- Under Automatic Maintenance click on Change Maintenance Settings
- Check if Scheduled Maintenance is on
You cannot stop Automatic maintenance tasks. Therefore, If the Scheduled Maintenance is on, you need to ensure that it runs at a time when you are not working. You can revert back to the programmed time (i.e, 2:00 AM), or set a time where you won’t be working.
Reset Your PC
Resetting your system is an ideal fix for high disk usage. However, ensure that you tried it as the last resolve. Resetting your system will delete everything on your system. Therefore, it is better to make a cloud or a local backup prior to that. Here are the steps you need to follow to reset your system:
- Click on Start > Settings
- Type Reset on the search bar and select Recovery
- Click on Get Started.
- Click on Keep my files if you didn’t make a backup or Remove everything if you have a backup.
Can I Disable the Windows Modules Installer?
No, don’t disable the Windows Modules Installer process. Windows Modules Installer is responsible for keeping your computer up-to-date. When you disable it, your computer won’t be able to automatically get new updates. Consequently, it might be missing important fixes to bugs and be exposed to security issues.
Why Does the Windows Module Installer Worker Component Use Too Much CPU or HDD Space?
The reason Windows Module Installer Worker uses so much CPU or HDD space is based on its function. Updating your system in the background takes a lot of processing power and disk space. Therefore, you will see the component with a high CPU usage on Task Manager.
However, the issue might be intensified, if you have used a system with low specification, you have an unstable internet connection during system update, or you have corrupted files due to improper system shutdown, bad hard drive, or malware/virus infection.
What Happens if I Disable Windows Modules Installer?
One of the ways of resolving windows modules installer worker high disk usage is by disabling the component. When you disable the component, updates won’t be automatic. That means that you have to manually update your system everytime there is an update.
How Not to Fix Windows 10 at 100% Disk Usage?
From the causes of the error, you should know the resolving methods. However, there are also other methods propagated by people which are very wrong.
For the Windows Module Installer Worker High CPU usage, ensure that you don’t disable your antivirus or disable windows Update as they are both critical in the smooth and secure running of your computer.
What Are the Causes of High Disk Usage?
Windows Modules Installer is not the only component responsible for high disk usage. Common causes include temporary files, Windows Service Host Superfetch, Virus/malware, outdated drivers, etc.
How to Know if Your PC Is Slowing Down Due to High Disk Usage
You will notice that your computer is slower than before. This can be in terms of longer opening times for applications, extended audio and video buffering times, and pictures taking a long time to open.
You can also check your Task Manager and see applications that are responsible for the high disk usage. Such applications or processes will have a disk usage of more than 1MB/s running for a long time.
What Is the Relationship Between Low Memory and High Usage
If you have a computer with low memory, there is a high chance that you will encounter a high disk usage error. It might be due to the Windows Module Installer or other causes. In order to make memory available your PC will continue to use a page file on your disk, which will lead to high disk usage. Therefore, you need to upgrade the PC’s RAM.
Is 100% Disk Usage Bad?
High disk usage can damage your computer’s hard disk as it can lead to an increase in the temperature of the disk. This temperature increase can damage the internal components of the hard disk resulting in permanent hard disk failure.