How to fix Update Orchestrator Service high CPU usage

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Update Orchestrator Service is an essential feature for Windows updates. However, many people encountered a major issue with the service.

Users reported high CPU usage for Update Orchestrator Service and no one knows why this is happening.

One user described the following problem on a forum:

This is a problem has been going on for multiple Window generations (I think I first saw this in Windows 7) and has been on again and off again problem that has really pissed me off! I have finally been able to isolate which svchost process it is by isolating the different services, and it turns out that it was the Update Orchestrator Service.

So, we know that this problem is old and appeared in many operating systems such as Windows 7. Now, we know that the issue appears on Windows 10 as well.

A service that’s eating many resources is a severe problem, especially for older computers. Today we will show you how to solve this issue in a few steps.

Update Orchestrator Service high CPU usage? Here’s how to fix this

1. End the process

First of all, keep in mind that ending a process is only a workaround. Also, it can affect the Windows update process.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to open Task Manager.
  2. Find the process and click on End Task.update orchestrator service task manager

2. Perform a disk check

It is always a good idea to check your disk from time to time. Moreover, it might fix the Update Orchestrator Service high CPU usage.

  1. Press the Windows key+X to open the Start Menu.
  2. Type: cmd to open the Command Prompt.
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt from the search results list and select Run as administrator.command prompt administrator
  4. When Command Prompt launches, type the  following command:
    chkdsk C: /f

This command is used when you want to repair the disk errors found by CHKDSK. To find out more about this tool, do check out our detailed guide.

3. Reset Windows Update components

A more technical approach is to use a PowerShell script that will reset the Windows Update client settings.

It will clean up files related to the Windows Update. Also, the registry keys for Windows Update will be changed to default settings.

You can find the PowerShell script on the official Microsoft page.

Conclusion

The high CPU usage for Update Orchestrator Service is a severe problem and it affects many users. Try our methods above to get rid of this, or at least end the process every time you open the computer.

Did our solutions work for you? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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