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What is Runtime Broker?

Posted in General   JANUARY 24, 2022
    Runtime Broker Problems Fixed
    If you have confronted the Runtime Broker error in Windows 10, then this is just the right article for you.
    Here, in this article, we will talk about the Runtime Broker, the Runtime Broker errors on Windows 10 and the different ways in which you can fix them.

    What is  Runtime Broker

    Runtime Broker

    Essentially a Windows process, the Runtime Broker manages app permission on the system. It was initiated in Windows 8 and has been taken forward since, and is available in Windows 10 also. The Runtime Broker makes sure that the permissions of the Windows Store apps are managed properly.

    Thus, the Runtime Broker runs constantly in the background, has a very low CPU usage and uses very little memory.

    Runtime Broker Errors

    The Runtime broker can adversely impact the system performance as it causes high CPU usage and there are various problems that have been reported by the users.

    Common Runtime Broker Errors on Windows 10:

    1. Runtime Broker high CPU usage or Runtime Broker high memory usage
    2. Runtime Broker Keeps Running
    3. Runtime Broker Multiple Instances
    4. Runtimebroker.exe shutdown system
    5. Runtime broker error the group or resource is not in the correct state
    6. Runtime broker application error


    1. Runtime Broker high CPU usage or Runtime Broker high memory usage

    You can follow the fixes given below if you are facing the Runtime Broker high CPU usage or Runtime Broker high memory usage on your Windows 10 computer.\

    Runtime Broker High CPU usage

    Check your Antivirus

    The Runtime Broker high CPU usage can be caused by the antivirus. So, you can disable certain features of the antivirus and check if that solves the problem for you.

    In case this doesn't work out, you can disable the antivirus or uninstall it.

    Stop Runtime Broker Process

    Sometimes, you might just remove the Runtime Broker process from the Task Manager and that can solve the high memory usage problem that you are facing.

    This is a simple solution and you can give it a try.

    Modify the Registry

    You can make a couple of changes in the registry if the fixes given above are not working for you.

    It is quite simple but you need to be careful while doing this:

    • Press Windows Key + R, then type regedit and press Enter key.

    • Then, move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTimeBroker.
    • Change Start=dword:00000003 to dword:00000004.

    This might fix the error.

    2. Runtime Broker Keeps Running

    The Runtime Broker keeps running has been reported by many users on their Windows system.

    Runtime Broker keeps running

    As the Runtime Broker is a core process of Windows and is used to check whether the apps are managing the entire permissions or not, it keeps running continuously in the background. Although it uses very less memory and 0% of CPU while doing this, if the Runtime Broker causes high CPU, memory usage should then follow the fixes given above.

    Some users have also reported that modifying the directory has worked for them, on occasions, to fix this error. To do that, you can again follow the instructions above.

    3. Runtime Broker Multiple Instances

    There are some tweaks that might work for you to fix the Runtime Broker in multiple instances.

    Runtime Broker multiple instances

    1. You have to first ensure that all the permissions, such as being able to access your location or microphone, is declared after downloading the apps from the Microsoft Store.
    2. Even after this, you are left with the only option to kill all the services from the Task Manager.

    4. Runtimebroker.exe Shutdown System

    This is another Runtime Broker error, well this is a lesser-known error, few users are found reporting runtimebroker.exe shutdown server 2016 issue.

    This is a lesser-known Runtime Broker error and there is no major cause for this type of restart caused due to RuntimeBroker.exe which is generated by the auto Windows Update.

    For fixing this you have to configure the auto-restart option.

    5. Runtime Broker the Group or Resource is not in the Correct State

    According to the users, sometimes they are unable to check the Windows 10 updates due to the RuntimeBroker.exe error and the updating process gets stuck while checking for details and there is an error message reading:

    "RuntimeBroker.exe. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation"

    To fix the RuntimeBroker.exe errors while installing Windows updates, follow the given solutions.

    runtime broker the group or resource is not in the correct state

    Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

    You can simply run the troubleshooter from the Control Panel and wait as the scanning process is completed. Then, restart your computer.

    If this doesn't work for you, follow the next fix.

    Run WU Reset Script

    To solve the update error in Windows 10, you can try running the Windows Update Reset Script.

    Just follow the given steps:

    • Open Notepad
    • Then, post the given text there.

    echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update
    attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2
    attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2*.*
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop CryptSvc
    net stop BITS
    ren %windir%system32catroot2 catroot2.old
    ren %windir%SoftwareDistribution sold.old
    ren“%ALLUSERSPROFILE%applicationdataMicrosoftNetworkdownloader” downloader.old
    net Start BITS
    net start CryptSvc
    net start wuauserv
    echo Task completed successfully…

    • Then, save it “WUReset.bat” (including quotes)
    • Then, right-click on it and select Run as administrator to run the script

    Finally, check if the error is fixed.

    6. Runtime Broker Application Error

    Users face the Runtime Broker application error when they open the settings and an error message shows up.

    It is understood that the cause for this error is that the Windows 10 store is broken while the Runtime Broker manages the permission of apps from the Microsoft Store.

    So you can try resetting the Windows Store app as a fix for this error.

    Runtime Broker Application error

    Reset Windows Store App

    • First, press the Windows + R key and type wsreset.exe, then click on OK

    • Then, the Command Prompt window will open
    • Then, after 10 seconds the window closes and the Windows Store opens automatically.

    Check if the error is solved, and if not, then try running the Windows Update troubleshooter, like in Problem 4.

    The PC Repair Tool ( BEST & SIMPLE)

    As we have mentioned in our other articles, you can use the PC Repair tool in case of most errors as it helps you fix BSOD, DLL and other errors on Windows 10.


    So this was all about the Runtime Broker error in Windows 10.

    You can share your experience with us in the comment section.

    All the best!

    Published by: Amundra
    Tags:Runtime Broker error Windows 10