What Is Wsappx High Disk Usage Problem? — Fix 100 Percent Disk Usage In Windows 10

If the wsappx process is consuming all your background resources, then make sure to go through these fixes.

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Windows 10 Wsappx Process

High Disk Usage has plagued Microsoft Windows users for years now. Regardless of Microsoft’s continuous upgrades to Windows in the form of Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10, the issue still lurks in our PCs.

Whenever people talk about 100 percent disk usage in Windows 10, one process that manages to grab the attention is “wsappx.” The notorious process found in the task manager is one of the most significant factors responsible for high disk usage in Windows 10. Even after hundreds of complaints from Windows users, Microsoft is still mum about it.

So what is “Wsappx” and why does everyone seem to hate it? This is part of our ongoing series of Task Manager processes which are likely to be responsible for high disk usage in Windows 10.

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How To Disable Wsappx in Windows 10?

Currently, there are a number of ways to disable Wsappx, but it has been observed that different methods work for different users. Here I will provide you with two methods to disable Wsappx or the services under it —

1. Disable Windows Store

Disabling Windows Store will have many ramifications. Apart from not being able to use Windows Store, you may face bugs and lags in Windows Store Apps.

Moreover, disabling the Windows Store won’t disable the Wsappx service, only it will take a minimum load to perform Windows Store-related tasks, thus solving your problem of 100 percent high disk usage.

Disable Windows Store using Registry Editor

  1. Type ‘regedit’ in Start Search and hit Enter
  2. Navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft‘. You can copy the address and paste it in the Registry search bar at the top.
  3. Choose the Windows Store and right-click on the right panel ⇒ Select New ⇒ ‘DWord (32-bit) Value[NOTE: If there is no such folder named ‘Windows Store’, you will have to create one. To do that, simply right click on Microsoft ⇒ Select ‘New’ ⇒ Select ‘Key’ ⇒ Name it “Windows Store” and hit enter.]
  4. Rename it as ‘RemoveWindowsStore’.
  5. Create a new DWORD value within the Windows Store key and name it ‘RemoveWindowsStore’ and give it the value of ‘1’.
  6. Restart your system.

Disable Windows Store Using Group Policy Editor

You can also disable the Windows Store using the Local Group Policy Editor for Windows Pro and Enterprise users. Just navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store.

Double-click on “Turn off the Store application” on the right Window panel > Choose Enabled > Click Apply. Restart your system.

2. Change the value of AppXSvc in Registry

Disable wsappx process
  1. Type ‘regedit’ in Start Search and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AppXSvc‘. Simply copy the above address in the Registry search bar on the top.
  3. On the right Windows panel, open the ‘start’ file and change the value for ‘3’ to ‘4’.
  4. Restart the System.

3. Change the value of Clipsvc in Registry

disable clipsvc -- wsappx error fix
  1. Type ‘regedit’ in Start Search and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Clipsvc‘. Simply copy the above address in the Registry search bar on the top.
  3. On the right Windows panel, open the ‘start’ file and change the value for ‘3’ to ‘4’.
  4. Restart the System.

4. Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State

Sometimes the problem could arise because of a particular program. To find out if this is the case, you can restart the system in Clean Boot State. Essentially, this action runs your system on the bare minimum startup programs and services — this can help you identify if a third-party program is the main culprit for 100% disk usage. To perform a clean boot, follow the steps below:

  1. Type ‘msconfig’ in Start Search and hit Enter.
  2. In the ‘General’ tab, select ‘Selective startup.’
  3. Uncheck ‘Load startup items’ and make sure ‘Load system services’ and ‘Use original boot configuration’ are checked.
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4. In the ‘Services’ tab, check “Hide all Microsoft services” and click on “Disable all.”

5. Now, click on ‘Apply’ or ‘OK’ and restart the system.

What is Wsappx in the task manager?

In layman’s terms, Wsappx is a process found under the Windows Task Manager and is responsible for handling Windows Store (Microsoft Store) applications for Windows 8/ Windows 10. That’ll include installing, uninstalling, and updating apps for your Windows platform.

ClipSVC and AppXsvc

Getting into little detail, Wsappx is basically divided into two separate background services, namely AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) and Client License Service (ClipSVC).

While AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC) provides infrastructure support for deploying Store applications, Client License Service (ClipSVC) provides infrastructure support for the Microsoft Store (Service Defaults).

Generally, you will see Wsappx as the main culprit, taking up huge chunks of the disk. Sometimes it is out in the front in the Task Manager, however, other times it can be named under different processes as well. To check if it’s really Wsappx that is taking high disk usage in your system, follow these steps —

  1. Go to Task Manager
  2. Right-click on the process which is taking maximum disk usage on your Windows
  3. Click on “Details” ⇒ Again right-click on the file ⇒ Click on “Go to Service(s)”
  4. Locate the process and check if the process falls under the “wsappx” group

High Disk Usage Ultimate Solution

It is entirely possible that even if you disable Wssapx, your PC is still running slow. In that case, you can head over to our 100% disk usage guide to try other solutions.

Wsappx high disk usage FAQ

Why does Wsappx take high disk usage?

Windows Store apps like Paint 3D, Mail, People, etc., keep on updating themselves from time to time. It’s even possible that some operations get stuck for some underlying reason and Windows attempts to repeat the process in the next session, which explains 100 percent disk usage in Windows 10 upon booting the PC.

Is Wsappx a virus?

No, Wsappx and the underlying processes like AppXSVC and ClipSVC do not carry any viruses or malware. At least I have not encountered any red flags from my anti-virus. If you have any doubts, you can just open the file location of the process. If the process is stored under the Windows 32 folder, then you are likely not dealing with a virus. You can always cross-check it with an antivirus, via scanning the computer for any virus or malware.

Can you end Wsappx?

Yes, you can end Wsappx in the task manager app by right-clicking on it and selecting ‘end process.’

Can you disable Wsappx in Windows 10?

No, you can’t disable a Wsappx background process. It initiates and terminates as per the requirement, on its own. For example, such a process might open in the background when installing or removing a program from your system.

How do I permanently disable Wsappx?

There’s no way you can permanently disable it. At best, you can only end the process manually each time.

Charanjeet Singh

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