WinGet COM Server – What is it and why does it load the processor?

In the task manager of Windows 11 and Windows 10, you can find the WinGet COM Server process , which is loading the processor of your PC or laptop.

What is the WinGet COM Server process in Windows 11/10?

WinGet COM Server – The process occurs when the WinGet package manager tool updates, uninstalls or installs any program in Windows 11/10 for dependency management interaction with other applications. In addition, this can be a mass installation and update of applications from the Microsoft Store, or manually through the App Installer. When WindowsPackageMangerServer.exe gains access to the network, then WinGet COM Server usually starts. In addition, this process appears in the task manager when running files with the appx and MSI extensions.

Sometimes WinGet COM Server can load the PC’s CPU on Windows 11/10 due to frozen applications during installation and updates, corrupted system files, or you need to update the App Installer tool itself and applications from the Microsoft Store to reduce the CPU load.

How to fix CPU usage by WinGet COM Server process in Windows 11/10

Let’s look at ways to fix the constant load on the processor of a computer or laptop by the WinGet COM Server process in Windows 11/10.

1. Update App Installer and Applications

Open the Microsoft Store and update all applications with the App Installer itself so that the applications are updated and thus the WindowsPackageMangerServer.exe process will not call WinGet COM Server , which will reduce the CPU load in Windows 11/10.

  • Open Microsoft Storeand go to Library
  • Click Check for updates, then Update all

❗Also, in the Microsoft Store search, type “ App Installer ” and update it if it needs it.

2. Update WinGet, components and applications

Run Command Prompt as Administrator and enter the following commands in order:

  • winget source update
  • winget upgrade –all

3. Restore system files

Corrupted system files may be the reason why WinGet COM Server is hogging the CPU and to fix it, run Command Prompt as Administrator and type below in order:

  • sfc /scannow
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • shutdown /s /f /t 0

📌After entering the last command, the system will reboot with the complete shutdown of processes.

4. Re-register WinGet

Run PowerShell as administrator and enter the command to re-register WinGet in Windows 11/10.

Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Winget.Source_2021.718.1322.843_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose

❗Replace the path , as the version may differ over time.C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Winget.Source_ВЕРСИЯ\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose

5. Disable startup programs

Let’s disable programs that start when you turn on the PC, as they can get stuck in the update state and cause the WinGet COM Server process, which can load the CPU on a Windows 11/10 PC. This is especially true for applications that were updated or installed via WinGet.

  • Press the key combination Ctrl+Shift+Escto open the task manager
  • Go to the Startup tab
  • Disable unnecessary programs

6. Reset or Remove Windows Package Manager Source

To fix the high CPU load of the WinGet COM Server process, you need to reset Windows Package Manager Source to default or remove it if resetting does not help.

  • Go to SettingsApps > Installed apps
  • Type in WinGetsearch to quickly find related programs
  • Click on Advanced Options Windows Package Manager Source
  • In the next window, click in the order FinishFix , Reset
  • Restart your PC and check if the PC or laptop processor is loading
  • If yes, then follow the steps again and click Delete

📌After rebooting, Windows Package Manager Source will appear again.

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