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How To Reduce Windows Explorer High CPU Usage

Unfortunately, you can often see Windows Explorer using your system resources. Because the file browser system greatly increases processing power, games won’t run as smoothly, video editing will take longer, and other basic tasks can cause problems.

In some cases, you may see that Windows Explorer is using high CPU resources. Sometimes this can be up to 30% or more of your processing power, even if you have a modern processor.

Fortunately, this problem can be fixed, but you will need to try each step yourself. We will list each step based on the likelihood of resolving high CPU usage in Windows Explorer based on user reports online.

Uninstall Intel Optane Memory

It has been reported on the internet that many people had Intel Optane memory pinned on their computer by mistake after Windows 10 1903 update. The problem is that most people don’t have the right hardware to pin Intel Optane memory, so it ends up causing Windows High CPU issues in Explorer.

To see if you have Intel Optane Memory Pinning, open the Start menu and look for Add or Remove Programs. Then follow these steps.

  1. Downloaded Program Files
  2. Temporary Internet Files
  3. Temporary Files
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If you are still facing high CPU usage, we have two more suggestions below.

Create a new Windows user account

Sometimes Windows 10 user accounts get corrupted in a way that is difficult to understand or fix. The solution is to create a new account and that might fix the problems with Windows Explorer.

You will be logged out and given the option to log into your new account. Hope this account has no CPU issues. You will still be able to access your files from a different account.

Run virus scan

The last step is to run a virus scan. It is possible that a virus or malware on your computer is increasing the CPU usage. You can learn how to completely clean your system of malware with free tools by following our guide here.

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