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Ways to Fix “TiWorker.exe” High CPU Usage Easily

Posted in General   JANUARY 6, 2022

    Fix “TiWorker.exe”  High CPU Usage

    The major topic for discussion for quite some time now has been the TiWorker.exe which is often confused as a virus or a genuine process.

    Here, in this article, we are going to clear all your doubts about TiWorker.exe.


    A sub-process of TrustedInstaller.exe is the TiWorker.exe which is a part of Microsoft Windows by Microsoft Corporation.

    A part of the Windows Module Installer Service is the TiWorker.exe and is present on your PC.

    It is seen generally that just after the startup of a computer, the TiWorker.exe process uses up a lot of CPU resources and thus making it slow. Thus many people would probably suggest getting rid of it.

    As it may result in your PC not being able to get important Windows security updates, you should not disable or uninstall the TiWorker.exe. Having said that, it has also been found that there is some malware that pretends to be TiWorker.exe and thus it is suggested that you scan your PC for viruses or malware.

    If the TiWorker.exe in your computer is found to be genuine then it can become a problem for your PC and you would be advised to follow the fixes given below.

    How to Fix “TiWorker.exe” High CPU Usage

    Table of Contents

    1: Use System Maintenance Troubleshooter

    The first thing you should do is to use the System Maintenance Troubleshooter. This is a tool that is inbuilt in Microsoft Windows that prevents errors in the system as it automatically performs maintenance tasks on a regular basis.

    You can follow these steps to run a System Maintenance Troubleshooter:

    • Press the Win+S key at the same time and write “troubleshooting” in the search bar.
    • Select the Troubleshooting
    • Now press View all

    Use System Maintenance Troubleshooter

    • Then select System Maintenance

    • Click the next button and follow what is being prompted to you.

    After this, check if the TiWorker.exe high usage error is fixed or not.

    2: Update your Windows

    You can update the Windows version to fix the TiWorker.exe high CPU usage error.

    You can follow the given steps to update your Windows:

    • Type control panel in the taskbar search box and press on the particular icon.
    • From the left corner click on Windows updates and then press check for updates.

    Update your Windows

    • Restart the PC after the updating process is finished.

    After this process is completed, check if the TiWorker.exe high CPU usage is fixed.

    3: Run SFC & DISM scan

    It is found in some cases that the corrupted system files affect the device drivers which consecutively result in such issues. You can use Windows inbuilt utilities - SFC and DISM to fix these corrupted system files.

    Your computer will be scanned by these utilities and the damaged file will be replaced with a healthy copy. So first, let us run the SFC command:

    • Click on the Command Prompt(Admin) as you press down Windows + X keys.

    run SFC and DISM scan

    • Type this command in the Command Prompt window and press the Enter key to execute it:

    sfc /scannow

    • Then just wait for some time.

    Check if you can install Discord after the scanning process is finished. Run the DISM tool if you are still facing the Discord installation failed issue.

    • Type this command in the Command Prompt and press the Enter key:

    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    • Restart the PC after the scanning is complete and check if the issue is resolved or not.

    4: Rename the SoftwareDistribution directory

    The cause of the TiWorker.exe high CPU usage could be the corruption of the SoftwareDistribution directory that is slowing down your PC. IF this is the case, then, renaming the directory could help you fix this.

    You can rename the SoftwareDistribution directory by following the given steps:

    • Open the run dialogue box by pressing Win+R simultaneously.
    • Type “services.msc” and press OK.

    • Search Windows update and double click on it.

    Rename the SoftwareDistribution directory

    • Alter the startup type to manual and then click on stop.

    • Now click on Apply
    • Search for SoftwareDistribution on the C:Windows and rename it to old.
    • Open Windows updates after going to Services.
    • Click on Start after changing the startup type to Automatic.

    • Press Apply.

    Then just restart your PC and check if the problem remains.

    5: Have a clean boot

    If an application is interfering with TiWorker.exe a clean boot is required to be done.

    Follow the given steps to clean boot your System:

    • Open the run dialogue box by pressing Win+R simultaneously.
    • Type “msconfig” and press ENTER.

    Have a clean boot

    • Check the checkbox named "Hide all Microsoft services" in the services window and then click on disable all.
    • Then just move to the Startup tab and press open task manager.
    • One by one disable all the startup applications.
    • Then just move to the system configuration and press Apply.

    After this, just restart your computer and see if the problem is solved.

    6: Clear all update history

    There are occasions when the temporary files of the PC can cause TiWorker.exe to slow down and on these occasions, you can clear all temp files from your system.

    Clear all update history

    You can delete the temporary files easily by going to C:Windows/Temp and finding and deleting the updates folder.

    After this just restart your PC and check if the problem still remains.

    7: TiWorker.exe Exclusion from Windows Defender

    As the Windows Defender keeps scanning the TiWorker.exe, sometimes that becomes the reason for the increased CPU usage.

    You should exclude TiWorker.exe from Windows Defender in that case and your problems should be solved.

    Exclusion from Windows Defender

    To exclude TiWorker.exe from Windows Defender you can just follow the given steps:

    • Open the task manager.
    • Click on Open File Location as your right-click on TiWorker.exe.

    • Copy the path of this directory.
    • Press Win+S to open Windows Defender
    • Click on Windows Defender Security Center

    • Go to Virus and threat protection.

    • Then, click on the virus and threat protection settings.

    • Then, press the add or remove exclusions option in the exclusion section

    • Then choose the folder after clicking on Add an Exclusion.

    • Then paste the path of the directory that you have copied.


    The given fixes would most certainly solve the TiWorker.exe problem you are having. Feel free to inform us how it worked out for you in the comments.

    All the best!

    Published by: Amundra