AppX Deployment Service or AppXSVC is the name of the service that can be found running under the wsappx process in the Task Manager. For those who are using Windows 8, you may also see Windows Store Service or WSService, and for those the users of Windows 10, you may encounter Client License Service or ClipSVC.
It does not matter what kind of operating system you are running, AppX Deployment Service or AppXSVC is the one service that causes high CPU usage on your computer. However, disabling it might not be the best option as Windows might be updating some different kinds of apps in the background. Apart from that, disabling Wsappx service might cause Microsoft Store to malfunction altogether.
The AppX Deployment Service or AppXSVC high CPU usage can be fixed with the help of the methods explained below. Keep in mind that no solution is permanent as Microsoft has not provided any information to why the wsappx is creating high resource usage.
Before trying these following methods, you need to make sure that running process wsappx is not a virus, as some malware can disguise itself as legitimate Windows processes. To do that, you can scan your machine with anti-malware software like Reimage.
Method 1: Update Windows to the newest version
The outdated machines can create some different kinds of issues, including AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) high CPU usage. In this case, you need to make sure that your operating system is up to date. To do that, the first thing that you need to do is to right click on Start and choose Settings. Then, go to Updates & Security. The next thing that should be done is to click on Check for updates. After clicking Check for updates, wait till Windows automatically installs the updates. When everything is done, reboot your machine.
Method 2: Edit Local Group Policy
Editing the local group policy will disable the automatic updates for Microsoft Store applications. It might not be an optimal way, but it might help temporarily. First of all, press Windows key and R at the same time. Next, type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter. In the Local Group Policy, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store. After that, double click on Turn off the Store application located on the right pane. The last step is to choose the Enabled option and click OK in the newly opened window. For those who want to re-enable the automatic updates for your Microsoft Store, you can go back to the Turn off the Store application policy, choose Disabled option, and then press on OK button.
Method 3: Stop apps from updating automatically via Microsoft Store app
Disabling the automatic updates can also be done through the Microsoft Store. To stop the apps from updating automatically via the Microsoft Store, you can open the Microsoft Store first. on the top right corner, hit the See more (three horizontal dots) option. Next, choose Settings. Remember to not toggle the switch Update apps automatically to the left to turn off the automatic updates.
Method 4: Disable Superfetch feature
Superfetch, which is known as Sysmain now, is not a mandatory service for Windows, even though it provides some essential data for your apps fast. The service is useful but it can be disabled. Some people claimed that disabling it helped them to fix wsappx high CPU usage. First, press Windows key and R simultaneously. Second, type in “service.msc” and press Enter. Third, scroll down and find Superfetch. Fourth, right click on it and choose Properties. Fifth, choose Disabled under Startup type. Sixth, click Stop and OK.
Method 5: Disable Windows Search
If disabling Superfetch did not help at all, you can try to disable Windows Search service. In order to disable Windows Search, you will need to go back to the Service list and find Windows Search. When you find one, right click on it and choose Properties. Pick Disabled located under Startup type. After that, click Stop and OK.
When you launch the most recent version of Windows 10, you will notice the high CPU load almost immediately. When you open the Windows Task Manager with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc and click on more details link, you will find the Windows process wsappx to be the cause. Aside from the wsappx, the process may display as wsappx (2) or wsappx (3) as well.
The CPU use would be as high as 30% while it goes down at times, and it goes up almost immediately again in the same moment. If you expand the option, one, two, or even three Windows services are listed. Those are Windows Store Service or WSService, Client License Service or ClipSVC, and AppX Deployment Service or AppXSVC.
AppX Deployment Service or AppXSVC provides the infrastructure support for deploying Store apps. This one started on demand and if you disable it, the Store apps will not be deployed to the system, and may not function really well. Client License Service of ClipSVC provides the infrastructure support for the Microsoft Store. This one is started on demand and if you disable it, the apps bought using Windows Store will not work currently. Windows Store Service of WSService provides the infrastructure support for Windows Store. This one is started on demand and if you disable it, the apps that you purchased using the Windows Store will not behave correctly.
Any effort to stop one of the services mentioned above, for instance by right clicking on it in the Task Manager or the stop button in the Service manager may cause the error with the error message notifying that the service cannot be stopped. This situation is not always the case and if you want to rest and re-try, you may be able to stop all of the services from running eventually. This method worked on some test systems once the CPU load reached 0. The issue is that they may start up at the same time again.