Home Windows 10 How To Fix Ntoskrnl.exe High CPU Usage in Windows 10

How To Fix Ntoskrnl.exe High CPU Usage in Windows 10

0

Windows Operating Systems have a plethora of different processes that launch as soon as you start the system. There are very vital for your day-to-day performance and at the same time ensure the well-being of your computer.

Even though these processes and programs are vital in MS Windows, but they sometimes tend to cause a lot of trouble for you. In this article, we are going to talk about one of the many such activities prevailing in your computer, the ntoskrnl.exe.

According to make Windows users, the ntoskrnl.exe causes a high CPU usage. One can not just stop the activity as it can result in your OS getting corrupted. Therefore, in this article, we are going to work around the limitation and fix the ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage problem.

What is ntoskrnl.exe?

Microsoft Windows has a vital process called Windows NT operating system Kernel executable which is often known as the ntoskrnl.exe.

The connection between the installed software and the connected hardware is made by the Kernel. The moment you switch your PC On, the connected hardware such as the CPU gets a message instructing it to perform the required task by the ntsokrnl.exe process. Therefore, one can easily get the idea of how important the ntoskrnl.exe is to the computer.

Not, only that the ntsokrnl.exe also provides installed software access to different ports and peripherals so that they can easily control the connected devices.

Now, after looking at its importance, one should remove the idea of disabling it, as it can damage your computer. Therefore, in this article, we are going to work around this limitation and fix your ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage problem.

Why is ntoskrnl.exe causing high CPU usage?

This question doesn’t have a very straight forward answer as the ntoskrnl.exe was not designed to cause high CPU usage, it does that because of some miscellaneous factors.

One thing that many developers claim that because of the responsibilities that the kernel has and because of this the work that it has to do, causing high CPU usage is normal. 

The ntoskrnl.exe causing high CPU usage can also because of viruses, malware, corrupted files, and many more miscellaneous things.

8 Fixes For Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage

Now, after learning about the kernel and the reason behind it causing high CPU usage. It is time to see the fixes.

1. Update your Windows

One thing that you should know, one of the reasons for the ntoskrnl.exe causing high CPU usage is the bugs. The bugs are usually there because of faulty system updates and you are not the only one causing these problems. Therefore, Microsoft might have released a new update, in which they have bug fixes.

To update your windows, you just need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the settings by either searching it out from the start menu or by right-clicking on the start menu and then choose the “Settings” from the appeared list.

Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage

Step 2: Now, click on the Updates & Security option from the appeared screen.

p2

Step 3: Finally, you need to make sure that you are on the Windows Update tab and then click on the Check for updates button.

Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage

Now, you need to follow the on-screen instructions and after a restart, your computer will be updated. Hopefully, this will solve your ntoskrnl.exe causing a high CPU usage problem.

2. Check your Disk

Any error in your hard disk can also cause the ntoskrnl.exe high CPU problem, therefore, we should check whether your disk has some error or not.

To check your hard disk we have two different methods

Check your disk with the command prompt:-

In the first case, we are going with one of the oldest command-line interpreter, the command prompt. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the command prompt as an administrator by either searching it out of the start menu or by RUN(Win + R), type “cmd” and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

p4

Step 2: Now type “chkdsk C: /f” and hit enter.

p5

This will automatically, check your disk and then will repair the error in your hard disk.

Note: If you have multiple partitions, then you can replace the “C” with that disk’s name.

Check your disk with the disk’s properties:-

To fix the disk’s error with the disk’s properties, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Windows Explorer either by searching it out from the start menu or by clicking on the icon placed on the taskbar.

Step 2: Then go to the “This PC” tab and right-click on the disk you want to check the health of, then from the appeared list click on Properties.

p6

Step 3: Go to the Tools tab and then click on the Check button.

p7

This will check and repair your hard disk.

3. Disable the Android emulator

There are many android emulators out there in the market such as the BlueStacks. There are a very useful and cool thing to have but if you are dealing with high CPU usage then you might have to disable the android emulators. 

Not only that, the android emulator can cause the Blue Screen of death as well. Therefore, if you don’t have a good CPU then you shouldn’t install such apps.

To disable android emulators such as BlueStacks in Windows 10, you need to follow the following steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Notepad by searching it out of the start menu.

Step 2: Type the following commands.

C:\Program Files (x86)\BlueStacksHD-Quit.exe

net stop BstHdUpdaterSvc

net stop BstHdLogRotatorSvc

net stop BstHdAndroidSvc

p8

Step 3: Now, save the page by clicking on File> Save as or just hit Ctrl + Shift + S.

p9

Step 4: Your Save type should be All files. Give it any memorable name with the extension .bat and then save it.

Step 5: Now, navigate to the created file and launch it to run.

This is a temporary fix, if you want to permanently disable the emulator, just launch the settings> Apps and uninstall the application.

4. Empty the Registry

Another behind the ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage is a corrupted or a missing Registry. Therefore, in this section, we are going to empty the registry but before that, you should make a backup of your registry.

Now, to empty the registry you need to follow the prescribed steps:

Step 1: Launch the command prompt as an administrator by either searching it out of the start menu or by RUN(Win + R), type “cmd” and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

p4

Step 2: Now type the following command and hit enter.

Sfc /scannow

This command will scan your registry thoroughly and then after a restart, it will fix all the corrupted files.

5. Fix memory issue

As mentioned earlier, there are no clear reasons behind then ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage, but memory issues can be one of the potential reasons. Therefore, in this section, we are going to fix the memory issue in order to fix the ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage.

To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: From the Start Menu search Memory and then launch the Windows Memory Diagnostic.

qjdonnoqndonon

Step 2: Choose the “Restart your computer and check the Memory” option.

Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage

This will automatically check your computer for all the memory-related issues and then fix it.

6. Scan your computer for virus and malware

Yes, you can install different anti-viruses and anti-malware to get rid of the malicious files that are infecting your computer. But in this section, we are going to use an in-built window defender to eliminate all the viruses and malware.

To do that you need to be obedient to the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the settings by either searching it out from the start menu or by right-clicking on the start menu and then choose the “Settings” from the appeared list.

p1

Step 2: Now, click on the Updates & Security option from the appeared screen.

Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage

Step 3: Go to the Windows Security tab from the left panel of the screen and click on the Open Windows Security button.

Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage

Step 4: From the appeared window, go to the Virus & Threat Protection and then click on Scan Option.

p11

Step 5: Now, select the Microsoft Defender Offline Scan and then click on Scan Now.

p12

Your computer will undergo a restart and then hopefully, the ntsokrnl.exe high CPU usage will be eliminated.

7. Troubleshoot Installed Apps and Services

As we have mentioned above that Windows has many services and you may have installed tons of applications. There are applications or services that might not be malicious but they can have bugs, as a result of which you are experiencing ntoskrnl.exe high CPU usage problem.

In this section, we are going to use troubleshoot the installed apps and services.

To do that, we are going to reboot the Windows in a clean boot mode. Now, follow the mentioned steps to troubleshoot the installed Apps and services.

Step 1: Launch the RUN(Win + R), type “msconfig” and hit enter.

Step 2: From the appeared System Configuration Window, go to the General Tab, Select Selective Startup, then un-check Load System services and Load Startup Items and then click OK.

p13

Now, your computer will start in the safe mode. In the safe mode, you need to check whether the problem is eliminated or not. If the problem is fixed then you know that the non-Microsoft services are the reason behind this.

To know more about these non-Microsoft Services, again go to the System Configuration Windows> Services Tab and see all the non-Microsoft Services.

8. Upgrade your RAM

Apart from all the reasons related to software, there is one reason related t hardware as well, that is, a faulty RAM. Your RAM or Random Access Memory is one of the most important components of your computer.

Therefore, if you think you are dealing with after performing the above-mentioned methods, you are still facing the problem. Then you need to consult an expert and see whether it’s your RAM that is causing the problem.

Even if you don’t have a faulty RAM, it’s better to upgrade your RAM. Before doing that, you should check your RAM’s speed and maximum RAM capacity.

Wrap-up

In this article, we have discussed the ntoskrnl.exe high CPU error. The ntoskrnl.exe is also known as the Windows NT operating system kernel executable. The connection between the installed software and the connected hardware is made by the Kernel. 

We have discussed eight fixes, let’s just quickly go over them.

  • Update your WIndows by settings> Update & Security> Check for updates.
  • Check your disk by cmd as an admin, type “chkdsk C: /f” and hit enter.
  • Disable the Android emulator by launching notepad, typing the following commands, and saving it with the “.bat” extension. 

C:\Program Files (x86)\BlueStacksHD-Quit.exe

net stop BstHdUpdaterSvc

net stop BstHdLogRotatorSvc

net stop BstHdAndroidSvc

  • Clean the registry by cmd as an admin, type “Sfc /scannow” and hit enter.
  • FIx the memory issue by Start Menu> memory and Choose the “Restart your computer and check Memory” option.
  • Scan computer for Virus by settings> Update & Security> Windows Security> Open Windows Security> Virus & Threat Protection> Scan Now.
  • Troubleshoot Installed Apps and services by RUN> msconfig> General Tab> Selective Startup, then un-check Load System services and Load Startup Items and then click OK.
  • Upgrade your RAM.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here