What is “Windows Modules Installer Worker”?(All Problems Solved)
If you are using Windows 10 then you might have seen “Windows Modules for Installer Worker” in Windows 10 in your Task Manager. Also, you might have observed that it is using a lot of CPU and disk resources. Sometimes, your computer fan spins up very fast and it gets hotter for no particular reason. Chances are Windows Modules for Installer Worker is the culprit and responsible for all the slowing down of PC. We will resolve all questions related to it in this article.
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So what exactly is “Windows Modules Installer Worker”?
It is an official Windows 10 System process which is responsible for:
- Uninstallation of Windows Updates and other important components.
Basically, whenever Windows 10 automatically downloads the Windows Updates so this process is very sure to run in the background. Also, you may choose to install, update or uninstall come optional Windows Feature, then also Windows Modules Installer Worker process runs in the background to do some work.
Although the process name is “Windows Modules Installer Worker” in Task Manager, its actual filename is “TiWorker.exe“, and you can see it when you go to Details tab in Windows Task Manager.
Microsoft releases updates on ‘Patch Tuesday‘ which is second or fourth Tuesday of every month. Although updates can be provided on other days, if necessary. If you observe this process consuming lots of CPU and Disk Resources the chances are:
- Windows is downloading or installing updates in the background, and for this ‘Windows Modules for Installer Updates’ process is used.
Why ‘Windows Modules for Installer Updates’ is consuming very high CPU and Disk Resources?
As you know whenever Windows is installing updates then this process will be active and consume lots of CPU. But this is normal and it depends on your Computer Speed for how long it will consume high CPU. After installations are finished it will stop using very high CPU and Disk Resources. Therefore, this problem is temporary and will be over as soon as the Windows updates are finished installing.
Can I disable or terminate it?
Although you can disable it but this advice is not good as this will prevent your System from getting Windows updates. Also, if you disable it you won’t get very important security updates that protect your computer from various malware such as WannaCry ransomware. Avoiding Windows Updates can be very risky and is not recommended.
Although you have the option to install Windows updates manually, then obviously Windows Modules Installer Worker process will not be activated and therefore not consume high CPU. Still, the best option is to keep automatic updates option open, so that you don’t miss out any important Windows updates.
However, if you don’t like your PC to slow down due to this process you can disable Windows Updates.
How to disable Automatic Windows Updates?
You can change the Windows Updates from Automatically to manual mode. Do the following Steps:
- Press Windows + R key to open Run Dialog box.
- In the dialog box, type “services.msc“.
- From the Window that opens, Double click on Windows Modules Installer option.
- Set the Start Type to be Manual.
- Then Click Apply and Click OK.
- Again on Sevices window. Now select Windows Update.
- And Setup Startup Type to be Manual.
- Then click Apply and click OK.
Now, after following these steps your System won’t get slow because of installing Windows Updates in background and Windows Modules for Installer Worker will not consume high CPU.
Can “Windows Modules for Installer Worker” be a Virus?
As you know that its an official Windows System process, but in the real world some malware can replicate itself to be it or TiWorker.exe and create trouble. But we haven’t seen any malware of this kind. However, it a good practice to scan your system using an Antivirus software to check for any malware or virus.
If you think, after doing all these steps the problem is not resolved
Then it’s best to run TroubleShoot to check for the cause of the problem. To run Troubleshoot:
- Goto Settings
- Select Update and Security
- Then go to, Troubleshoot
- Select Window Update
- Click on Run the troubleshooter
After running it, if it shows any suggestions or fixes then perform these fixes.
However, if Troubleshooter also doesn’t help then its best to use a SFC or DISM tools to scan your computer for Corrupted or missing System Files.
If this also doesn’t help then try resetting your PC to its default factory state and start using a fresh Operating System.
Conclusion – What is “Windows Modules Installer Worker”?
Its a System process for installing Windows Updates and Other Security Updates. If is causes High CPU usage, then you can turn off your Updates from Automatic to Manual. However, if it doesn’t solve the problem then its best do an AntiVirus Scan. If nothing works then format your System and Start using your OS from Fresh.
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