Sometimes dozens of customers face a problem: an unknown process Wsappx started to consume too many system resources. If the load is large, the speed level of the computer may decrease. What is this process and why can it load the hardware of the device? Is it possible to disable it “painlessly”? How to reduce the load on the disk? Consider today effective ways to solve the problem.
Wsappx: what the process is responsible for
The Wsappx system process is responsible for performing tasks in the Windows Store, the official app store for the Ten, as well as on the UWP (Universal Windows Platform) utility platform.
The process includes two components: AppXSVC and ClipSVC. At the expense of the first service, Windows clients can install, update and delete Windows Store utilities.
Its appearance in the “Task Manager” indicates that the PC user launched the “Store” or the latter began to update the application itself if there is an update on the network.
The AppXSVC service is responsible for the work itself in the Microsoft Store: updating, deleting and installing applications
ClipSVC takes on the role of “fighter” against piracy. The component checks the application licenses and does not allow the paid utility to start on the device with a different Microsoft account with which it was not paid and downloaded.
Why Wsappx can ship a disk or processor to Windows 10
As a rule, this process does not constantly load the CPU (central processor), as well as the disk itself and the RAM. This or that level of workload is necessarily present during active work in the Windows Store itself: installation, update, and removal of utilities. In this case, the expenditure of resources is justified and quite admissible: you just need to wait for one or another task in the “Store.”
If you don’t go to the Windows Store and services take up memory, this may mean the following:
- “Store” automatically (that is, without your knowledge) updates the applications that have already been installed in the system, even if you have never used them.
- Windows Store apps run in the background.
- The Start menu includes live tiles utilities. They also consume resources through the wsappx process.
Wsappx virus: how to distinguish a virus from a genuine process and cure the system
The virus rarely impersonates the Wsappx system process. Nevertheless, to verify its authenticity does not hurt. To do this, do the following:
- First, you need to run the Task Manager. In Windows 10, this is quite simple: right-click on the “Taskbar.” In the black menu, select the object “Task Manager.”Launch the Task Manager via the taskbar context menu
- Go directly to the last tab, “Services.” Find the AppXSvc service first. Click on it with the right key and select the last option “Details” in the list. In the AppXSvc service menu, select the last item “Details.”
- You will automatically be transferred to the “Details” tab, where the svchost.exe file, which is responsible for the execution of the AppXSvc service, will already be highlighted. We also click on it with the right key, and then click on the item “Open file location.”Open the menu item “Properties.”
- Windows Explorer will start, in which the system will select the file for you. The svchost.exe file should be located in the System 32 folder on the system disk
- Here it is necessary to pay attention to the folder in which the process has opened. Basically, it is System 32 on the system disk. SysWOW64 can also be used as a location. From the Task Manager, you never get into the Prefetch, WinSxS and ServicePackFiles folders. If you hit them or some other, there is a chance to believe that the process may be a virus. In this case, you need to run a full scan in the antivirus installed on your PC. He will discover and cure the system. Before that, you also need to update it.
- After this, repeat the procedure for the second ClipSVC service.
Is it possible to disable the Wsappx process
In the Task Manager, or in any other way, you cannot disable Wsappx. Its forced manual deactivation can lead to system crash and unstable computer operation, as this is one of its important processes. In addition, stopping the process may be ineffective: after a while, it will again appear in the list of active components.
It is also highly recommended not to prohibit the system from launching, if necessary, the two described services that are part of the Wsappx process.
How to reduce the workload from the Wsappx process on Windows 10
It is necessary to correct the situation with high load not through disabling the process, but by eliminating the very causes of the “unauthorized” launch of the Windows Store components.
# Option 1: Disable animated widgets in the Start menu
The first thing that can help to “unload” the disk and the processor to some extent is turning off the live tiles of applications from the Windows Store in Start. What specifically needs to be done to deactivate them?
- Run the system menu “Start” (the icon in the form of a window at the bottom in the left corner of the screen on the “Taskbar”). The window opens and after pressing a special key on the computer keyboard, which shows the same window (Windows icon).
- On the right side of the “Start” panel are live tiles. Click on any of them with the right mouse button. In the small list of options, we make a choice first in favor of the “Advanced” item, and then click on “Disable live tiles.”In the context menu, click on “Disable live tiles.”
- If in principle, you do not want to see this or that tile in the system menu, click on “Unpin from home screen.”
- After that, take a look at the Task Manager: if the load has not decreased, proceed to the following methods to solve the problem.
Video: turn off live tiles in the Start menu
# Option 2: Deactivating the Windows Store
If you are not currently using the standard Windows Store service, disable it through one of the editors: the registry or local group policy.
# Option 3: Through the “Local Group Policy Editor”
In this editor, there are options that are responsible for turning off both the individual functions of the Store and the entire “Store” as a whole. How to run the editor and find the items described?
- Call the universal window “Run,” which opens all standard Windows services using the key combination Win + R. In the line “Open” we type the query gpedit.msc.Type gpedit.msc in the “Open” field
- In the editor window, double-click “Computer Configuration.”Run the first section, “Computer Configuration.”
- Now we run the “Administrative Templates” block and in it the “Windows Components” section. We recommend for convenience to use the right side of the editor window, as it is wider.
- In the components, we are looking for a folder called “Store.” Open it with a double click. Open the Store folder in the Windows Components section.
- You will see a list of parameters (policies) applicable to the Windows Store. We are only interested in the “Disable the Store app” item. Launch the “Disable Store app” item by double-clicking
- To launch it, right-click on this item and choose favor of the first option, “Change.” You can also open the window for changing values by double-clicking the left button. In the context menu, select the option “Change.”
- Over the editor will open a large gray window. In it, we set a round mark to the left of the value “Enabled.” After that, click on “Apply,” and then on, OK, to close the additional window. Set the value to “Enabled” and then click on “Apply” and OK
# Option 4: Through the “Registry Editor”
This method is more complicated: it involves the manual creation of a parameter, which will help to disable the “Store.” We present detailed instructions:
- Rerun the standard Run service. In the line, enter regedit so that the system opens the “Registry Editor.” By tradition, click on Enter or OK in the window. Enter the regedit command in the “Open” field.
- Click on “Yes” to allow the editor to make changes on the device.
- We press twice on the third main branch called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the left pane of the window. Open the third main folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
- We start the blocks in the following sequence: Software – Policies – Microsoft. If in the last section you did not have the WindowsStore folder, create it yourself. To do this, use the context menu of the Microsoft folder: right-click on it. In the list, move the cursor to the option “Create,” and then click on the “Section.”Create a new section in the Microsoft folder using the context menu
- Give the appropriate folder name and open it.
- In the right large part of the window in the WindowsStore block, right-click to invoke the same context menu. This time we will create the parameter itself, which is responsible for disabling the “Store.” Hover the arrow on “Create,” and then click on “QWORD Parameter” if you have a 64-bit system or “Parameter DWORD” – if you have a 32-bit PC. Create a parameter in the WindowsStore folder corresponding to the bitness of your system
- Name the entry RemoveWindowsStore.Enter RemoveWindowsStore as the name
- Start a small gray window by double-clicking or using the context menu, which is invoked by the right mouse button. Select “Change” in the list of options. Click on “Change” to open the RemoveWindowsStore parameter.
- In the line “Value” instead of 0, type 1. After that, you can close the “Registry Editor” window. Set the value to 1 in the RemoveWindowsStore parameter
- Restart the PC. All changes must take effect.
- Now, if you try to open the Windows Store, the system will display a message stating that the “Store” is not available on this device. She will also advise you to contact your system administrator for more information. After making changes to the system, “Shop” will become unavailable
- If you want to return the “Store,” delete the created parameter or put 0 in the “Value” line. Then restart the computer.
# Option 5: Uninstall Win Store
If you want not just to temporarily disable Windows Store, but to get rid of it forever, use the standard Windows PowerShell utility. This is an alternative to the “Command Line” in Windows 10, in which you can also execute various commands. So, go to the procedure:
- Call the Windows Search panel using the magnifying glass icon to the right of the Start button. Type the Windows PowerShell query. As you enter the system will predict which section you are looking for. In the search bar, enter the query Windows PowerShell or just PowerShell
- Click on PowerShell with the right mouse button and in the gray menu, click on the first option, “Run as administrator.”Click on the item “Run as administrator.”
- Confirm that you allow the standard service to make changes on the computer. So that the PowerShell service can make changes on the device, click on “Yes.”
- In the blue editor, paste the following: Get-AppxPackage * Store | Remove-AppxPackage. If you have several users (accounts) on your PC and you want to delete the “Store” for all these accounts, add the phrase -all users to the end of the line before executing the command.Insert the Get-AppxPackage * Store | Remove-AppxPackage to the blue editor window
- Press Enter on your keyboard to start the process for uninstalling the Windows Store.
- Wait for the system to perform the cleanup and close the PowerShell window.
# Option 6: Disabling automatic update of applications in the “Store.”
By default, the automatic update of utilities is enabled in the Windows Store. To disable this feature, follow these simple steps:
- In the “Search Windows” panel, enter the search query Microsoft Store. Run the application that appeared in the results. Type in the search query Microsoft Store
- Go to the “Home Page” and in the right corner at the top of the window, find the icon in the form of three dots. We click on it, and then on the section “Settings” in the list. Open Settings using the Store menu
- Move the switch to the “Off” position for the “Update Applications Automatically” option. You can also completely deactivate the display of products from the Store on live tiles. Move the first two switches to the “Off” position.
- After disabling the automatic update, you will have to update the applications manually if you use them. To do this, click on the icon with three dots and select “Downloads and updates.” In the section, you need to click on the blue button, “Get updates.”For the manual update of applications, click on “Get Updates” in the corresponding section.
- After that, close the Microsoft Store window.
# Option 7: Prohibit apps from the Store from running in the background
In the “top ten” pre-installed a certain set of programs from the Windows Store. In this case, the option is enabled by default, which allows them to work without the user’s knowledge, that is, in the background. You can disable it as follows:
- On the keyboard, we hold down the combination of the two keys Win and I. It will bring up the Windows Settings window. If the combination does not work, launch the “Start” menu and click on the gear icon located above the button to turn off the device. Click on the “Options” icon in the “Start” menu
- In the large window, click on the tile in the third row called “Privacy.”Open the “Privacy” section in the “Windows Settings” window
- Scroll down the left pane of the section to find the Background Applications tab. Click the Background Applications tab on the left side of the window.
- Here you have the right to disable all applications at once or separately. To completely disable all utilities, move the uppermost slider to the “Off” position. Disable background operation of all applications.
- You will see that the deactivation has passed for all applications in the list below (the switches have become a pale shade). Now they will not be able to receive information, update and send you notifications.
- You can also selectively disable utilities from the “Store” using the switches on the right: leave only those that you use. Turn off those applications that you do not need
Video: turn off the background work of applications from the “Store.”
The Wsappx system process is responsible for the operation of the Microsoft Store, in which Windows 10 customers can download various applications. If he suddenly began to load “RAM,” disk or CPU, disable the update of installed applications in the settings of the standard utility. If you do not want to use it at all, disable or delete it using the “Local Group Policy Editor” or Windows PowerShell.