Windows 11 Widget High CPU usage

Windows 11 comes with widgets that provide information at a glance and can be used to display weather forecasts, new sports scores, clocks and more. It’s helpful for users and can be easily opened by clicking on the icon of the widget in taskbar, but some users complained Windows 11 widgets use too much CPU. High CPU usage not only consumes a lot of system resources but also slows down the computer and makes Windows 11 unstable. In this article, we try to identify the reason and how to fix Windows 11 widgets high CPU usage problem.

How to Fix Widgets High CPU Usage Problem

The common reason behind Widgets High CPU Usage problem is too many programs or applications running at once or the Windows Widgets support file is corrupted. Again outdated Windows versions, corrupted Windows 11 files and virus malware infection also lead to Windows 11 High CPU usage problems.

Sometimes restarting Windows 11 helps you get rid of temporary files and solve the high CPU usage problem. In addition, you need to update Windows 11 with the latest version or run DISM and System File Checker or SFC Scan to repair system files and fix the problem. Disabling Windows Widgets is another effective way to fix the High CPU usage problem on Windows 11.

Update windows 11

Microsoft update Windows 11 at regular intervals with the latest bug fixes and performance improvement. Widgets high CPU consumption can result from a temporary bug, and which is resolved with recent Windows updates. Let’s check and install the latest Windows updates that not only fix problems with Windows 11 but also optimize system performance.

  • Open the settings app using Windows key + I
  • Select Windows update then hit the check for Updates button
  • If there are any pending updates allow them to download and install from the Microsoft server,
  • Once done, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

Alternatively, If you notice the problem widgets high CPU usage started after Windows 11 update, a faulty update could be the reason behind it. Try to uninstall recent updates and check if this helps.

Run system file checker

For some reason windows files are corrupted or any files needed by the Widgets are corrupt, and it keeps searching for them in the background, resulting in high CPU usage. Run the built-in system file checker utility that helps scan and restore corrupted system files.

  • Press Windows key + S, type cmd and select run as administrator,
  • First, run the DISM restore health command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Next, run the system file checker command sfc /scannow

DISM restore health command

The above command scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

  • The scan will take a little time to complete, if there are issues found, they will be resolved.
  • Once 100% scanning completes, reboot your PC and check if the high CPU usage problem is resolved.

Disable Widgets on Windows 11

If nothing else works, you can try is to disable Widgets from the Taskbar which probably fix the high CPU usage problem on Windows 11.

  • Press Windows key + X and select settings
  • Select Personalization from the left pane then click on Taskbar (on the right pane)
  • And finally, Turn the toggle switch Off next to Widgets.

disable widgets windows 11

In addition, a few users report, Reinstall the Windows Web Experience Pack help them widgets High CPU usage problems on Windows 11.

  • First Open the command prompt as administrator
  • Run the command winget uninstall “Windows web experience Pack” and Type Y then press Enter to confirm your selection
  • Now to reinstall Widgets open Microsoft Store, search and install Windows Web Experience Pack

Sometimes virus or malware infection also lead to Windows 11 High CPU usage problem. If the above solutions fail to fix the problem, we recommend performing a full system scan with the latest updated antivirus program.


What are Windows 11 Widgets? 

  • Windows 11 Widgets are small applications that can be displayed on the desktop, providing quick access to information and functionality.

Why are Windows 11 Widgets causing high CPU usage?

  • There have been reports of some Windows 11 Widgets causing high CPU usage. This could be due to several reasons, such as inefficient code, compatibility issues, or conflicts with other software.

How do I check which Widget is causing high CPU usage on Windows 11? 

  • To check which Widget is causing high CPU usage on Windows 11, right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager”. Click on the “CPU” tab to sort processes by CPU usage. Look for any Widget processes that are using a high percentage of CPU resources.

How do I fix the high CPU usage caused by Windows 11 Widgets?

  • There are several steps you can take to fix high CPU usage caused by Windows 11 Widgets. These include disabling or removing Widgets that are causing high CPU usage, updating Windows and drivers to the latest version, and resetting the Windows 11 installation to its default settings.

How do I disable or remove Widgets on Windows 11?

  • To disable or remove Widgets on Windows 11, right-click on the desktop and select “Widgets”. Click on the three-dot menu icon at the top right of the Widgets panel and select “Manage widgets”. Here, you can disable or remove any Widgets that are causing high CPU usage.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.