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Whenever my laptop sits idle for some time, runtimebroker kicks in and CPU utilization peaks, while there is high network activity. Last time I checked with process monitor, it seemed to be crawling through my NAS device opening every file. I killed the process, but left process monitor running. After a few minutes, process monitor was again showing activity from that runtimebroker.exe, while it was not showing in Task Manager. The first PID terminated without showing in task manager. It spawned an other runtimebroker process with a different PID, that did show. This time, CPU load was minimal. The first thousands of events seemed to deal with modern apps, but then what business does runtimebroker have with my NAS and its contents? I upgraded to Win10 the day it launched from a clean install of Win8.1 and this is bugging me since then.




RuntimeBroker.exe



The runtimebroker.exe service has been a part of the Windows operating system since Windows 8 and was developed by Microsoft. Most of the time, it runs only when you run a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app.


Ending the problematic service that might be causing this issueIf there are multiple active processes that are using the processor excessively, we recommend ending all their processes one by one. If you manage to find a culprit, you might want to consider reinstalling the program. Memory UsageAnother issue that most people encounter is high memory usage by runtimebroker.exe.


RuntimeBroker.exe should utilize no more than a few MB of memory at most, according to Microsoft. Opening a UWP app may cause RAM and CPU usage to spike temporarily, but that is to be expected. To check if runtimebroker.exe is using too much power, launch Task Manager and check the status under the Processes tab. If the memory consumption is excessive, there are likely to be a few reasons behind it.


Since runtimebroker.exe plays a crucial role in Windows, we do not recommend disabling it. Doing so will prevent your operating system from keeping a check on the processes of applications, putting your privacy at risk.


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  • TagsWindows File Information.no-icon:beforedisplay:none; By Zainab FalakSeptember 27, 2022 3 minutes readZainab is a certified Python Data Analytics Professional. "@context":"http:\/\/schema.org","@type":"Article","dateCreated":"2022-02-10T06:13:39-06:00","datePublished":"2022-02-10T06:13:39-06:00","dateModified":"2022-09-27T18:08:29-05:00","headline":"What is runtimebroker.exe and What Does It Do?","keywords":"Windows File Information","url":"https:\/\/appuals.com\/what-is-runtimebroker-exe\/","description":"If you've been a Windows user for quite some time and occasionally use the Task Manager, you've probably come across runtimebroker.exe. Although this service uses CPU cycles and memory, it only works","articleSection":"Windows File Information","articleBody":"If you've been a Windows user for quite some time and occasionally use the Task Manager, you've probably come across runtimebroker.exe. Although this service uses CPU cycles and memory, it only works behind the scenes, without requiring user interaction, which makes it kind of mysterious. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo what exactly runtimebroker.exe is and what does it do in your Windows operating system? Do you need to worry about it? Let\u2019s find out!\r\nWhat is runtimebroker.exe?\r\nThe runtimebroker.exe service has been a part of the Windows operating system since Windows 8 and was developed by Microsoft. Most of the time, it runs only when you run a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app.\r\n\r\nThe clue to what runtimebroker.exe does in Windows lies in its name - it manages permissions on your PC for apps from the infamous MS store, thus acting as a middleman. In essence, what it does is monitor running programs and apps to ensure they inform you when they want access to system resources, such as webcams, microphones, mail, and speakers. By monitoring the processes of all the applications, it makes sure that they have adequate permissions to run, and even ensures that they do not try to use resources that they do not have permission to use from you.\r\n\r\nFor instance, if you install a video-sharing application on Windows and give it permission to access your microphone and camera, runtimebroker.exe will keep an eye on the application\u2019s process to make sure it does not access anything else like your location. If the application tries to do so, runtimebroker.exe will alert you via notification. In a way, this makes runtimebroker.exe out privacy guard. \r\nDoes runtimebroker.exe Cause a Spike in CPU and Memory Usage?\r\nLike every other Windows process, it is common for users to encounter certain issues with runtimebroker.exe. These issues typically revolve around CPU cycles and memory usage. \r\nCPU Usage\r\nThe issue of a spike in CPU usage commonly occurs when users allow Windows to display tips and tricks in notifications. The reason behind this is still unknown, but you can fix the issue by simply disabling the tips and tricks feature. Here is how you can do that:\r\n\r\n \tPress Windows + I keys simultaneously on your keyboard to launch Windows Settings.\r\n \tIn the Settings window, select System.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tNow select Notifications & actions from the left pane and scroll down to \u2018Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows\u2019 on the right side of the window.\r\n\r\n \tTurn the toggle for this option off as shown below and check if the issue is resolved.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tAlternatively, you can also try identifying an app or program that might be causing high CPU usage via Task Manager. To do so, type Task Manager in the search area of the taskbar and hit Open.\r\n \tIn the Task Manager window, locate a program whose CPU usage is excessive and right-click on it.\r\n \tSelect End process and check if the issue resolves.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tIf there are multiple active processes that are using the processor excessively, we recommend ending all their processes one by one. If you manage to find a culprit, you might want to consider reinstalling the program. \r\n\r\nMemory Usage\r\nAnother issue that most people encounter is high memory usage by runtimebroker.exe. \r\n\r\nRuntimeBroker.exe should utilize no more than a few MB of memory at most, according to Microsoft. Opening a UWP app may cause RAM and CPU usage to spike temporarily, but that is to be expected. To check if runtimebroker.exe is using too much power, launch Task Manager and check the status under the Processes tab. If the memory consumption is excessive, there are likely to be a few reasons behind it.\r\n\r\nIt could be malware or viruses disguising as runtimebroker.exe making the anti-virus leave it alone. It can also be a memory leak between runtimebroker.exe and the Metro Tile Updater service. \r\n\r\nIn this case, we recommend running a virus scan first. If that does not fix the issue, then the memory spike is likely to be due to a memory leak. This typically affects Windows 8 users. \r\n\r\nIn Windows 8, you can check which app is consuming memory by following these steps:\r\n\r\n \tLaunch the Windows 8 Start menu.\r\n \tRight-click a recently installed Metro app and click on Turn tile off.\r\n \tKeep repeating this until the problem is resolved.\r\n\r\nOnce you find out which Metro app is using memory, you can leave it turned off. This should stop any further leaks.\r\nCan I Disable runtimebroker.exe?\r\nSince runtimebroker.exe plays a crucial role in Windows, we do not recommend disabling it. Doing so will prevent your operating system from keeping a check on the processes of applications, putting your privacy at risk. \r\n\r\nIn case you still want to disable it, you can delete the runtimebroker.exe file in the WindowsSystem32 folder of your C drive.","publisher":"@id":"#Publisher","@type":"Organization","name":"Appuals.com","logo":"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/appuals.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2022\/10\/apuals_new_logo_B-1.png","publishingPrinciples":"https:\/\/appuals.com\/about\/#go-to-editorial-guidelines","sameAs":["https:\/\/facebook.com\/appuals","https:\/\/twitter.com\/appuals","https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/appuals\/","https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCR--2QnA0vYBfqsmSI3pQ9g","https:\/\/www.crunchbase.com\/organization\/appuals"],"author":"@type":"Person","name":"Zainab Falak","url":"https:\/\/appuals.com\/author\/zainab\/","description":"Zainab Falak is a highly educated professional with a background in actuarial science and a strong passion for technology. Her expertise lies in the field of data analytics and she is a proficient programmer in languages such as Python and R. At Appuals, Zainab shares her extensive knowledge of Windows 8, 10, and 11, covering a broad range of topics related to these operating systems. Zainab's ability to effectively communicate technical concepts in a clear and concise manner has earned her recognition and respect in the tech community. 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Her expertise lies in the field of data analytics and she is a proficient programmer in languages such as Python and R. At Appuals, Zainab shares her extensive knowledge of Windows 8, 10, and 11, covering a broad range of topics related to these operating systems. Zainab's ability to effectively communicate technical concepts in a clear and concise manner has earned her recognition and respect in the tech community. She is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and providing readers with insightful and informative content. Load Comments Microsoft WindowsWindows High CPU Usage

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