Fix: Runtime Broker causes high CPU usage

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The Runtime Broker is a Windows process that helps manage app permissions on your PC. It normal circumstances, this tool shouldn’t use more than a few MB of memory, but in some cases the Runtime Broker uses even 1GB of RAM or more.

Such unusual CPU usage affects the processor’s performance and, in time, it can shorten its lifespan. In the majority of cases, the Runtime Broker uses too much RAM due to a faulty app.

If your Runtime Broker causes high CPU usage, try out the workarounds listed below to fix this issue.

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Solution 1 – Stop the Runtime Broker

runtime broker task manager

  1. Open Task Manager
  2. Select Runtime Broker in the list >  select End task
  3. Restart your computer

Solution 2 – Hack the Registry

timebroker regedit windows 10

  1. Type regedit and hit Enter
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTimeBroker
  3. Change Start=dword:00000003 to dword:00000004.  However, this action affects parts of Cortana’s reminders.

Solution 3 – Disable the tips about Windows

  • Go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Disable Show me tips about Windows

show me tips about windows runtime broker

Solution 4 – Switch your lock screen background Windows Slideshow to Picture

runtime broker lock screen background

  1. Go to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen > select Picture
  2. Disable the live tile of your photo app by right clicking on it.

Solution 5 – Customize the advanced update settings

  1. Go to Settings > Update> Advanced options > Chose how updates are delivered
  2. Turn off Updates from more than one place.

advanced options update windows 10

windows 10 advanced update settings

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Solution 6 – Disable background apps

  1. Go to Settings >Privacy > Background Apps  > Turn-off the apps running in the background.

turn off background apps windows 10
Solution 7 – delete Groove music using Powershell

  1. Press the Windows key + R > type powershell
  2. Copy the following commands one at a time: Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.ZuneMusic” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Music.Preview” | Remove-AppxPackage

Solution 8 – Remove OneDrive

uninstall onedrive cmd

  1. Type cmd in the search box > hit Enter
  2. Type the command taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe to end all OneDrive processes
  3. Type the command %SystemRoot%System32OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall for 32-bit Windows or %SystemRoot%SysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall for 64-bit Windows to uninstall OneDrive.

If you encounter similar issues involving or triggered by the Runtime Broker, check out our workarounds for these problems:

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