How to fix the problem High CPU usage of the Windows Shell Experience Host process


Some users still report high CPU usage by a process called Windows Shell Experience Host. In this article, we will look at what this is and steps to correct the use of high-performance resources in Windows Shell Experience Host in Windows 10.

What is the Windows Shell Experience Host?

Windows Shell Experience Host is mostly part of Windows OS, not a virus or malware.

The main task of this process is the processing of graphic elements or the display of a part of universal applications on your computer.

For example, the graphical interface of the Start menu, the Taskbar, the Notification Area (clock, calendar, etc.) and the change of the desktop background are handled by the Windows Shell Experience.

High Load Windows Shell Experience Host on the processor in Windows 10

In normal cases, the Windows Shell Experience Host should consume only 5 to 7% of the CPU when the graphical elements are launched on your computer, and then it should quickly drop to zero.

However, if you notice a process that regularly consumes a large amount of processor power (from 25% to 35%) and memory in the task manager of your computer, then the problem needs to be fixed.

The first step in resolving this issue is to verify that your computer is updated to the latest version of Windows, available for your computer.

Click the Start button > Settings icon and on the Options screen, click Update and Security.

On the next screen, click Windows Update in the sidebar, and then click the Check for updates button.

Let your computer check for updates and install them on your computer (if available).

If this does not help, you can try other methods to solve the CPU load problem of the Windows Shell Experience in Windows 10:

Change the desktop background

It is known that the most common cause of high CPU load on the Windows Shell Experience in Windows 10 is a slideshow, and many users have reported fixing the problem by switching to a solid color or background image.

Click the Start button, then click the Settings icon.

On the settings screen, click on Personalization.

On the next screen, click Background in the sidebar and under the word Background in the center, change the background type to Photo or Solid.

Reboot your computer and see if the problem is that the CPU load is high on the Windows Shell Experience Host process.

Disable automatic background color changing

The next solution is to disable the ability to change the background color on the desktop automatically.

Click Start < Settings icon. On the Settings screen, click Personalization.

On the Personalization screen, click Colors in the sidebar and turn off the Automatically select main background color option.

Reduce transparency effects

Since the Windows Shell Experience Host is also responsible for the transparency effects for the Start menu, Taskbar, Action Center, and other menus, turning off the transparency feature can help fix this problem.

Click Start < Settings icon < Personalization . On the next screen, click Colors in the side menu and turn off the Transparency Effects option located in the “Other Options” section.

Run SFC command

Finally, you can run the SFC command to eliminate the possibility of high CPU utilization caused by damaged or deleted system files on your computer.

Right-click on the Start button and select Command Prompt (Administrator) in the menu that appears.

In the command prompt window, type sfc / scannow and press the Enter key on the keyboard.

Once the SFC command is completed, restart the computer, and this should replace all damaged files.