[Fixed] How to Fix Runtime Broker’s High CPU and RAM Usage? [Windows 10 and Windows 8]

Some people, who are facing Runtime Broker’s high resource usage issue, consider it some virus. Let me explain for them what is Runtime Broker and why it creates this error? Runtime Broker is a process, and it is technically an essential part of the security feature in Windows 8 and 10. It is responsible for pairing an app’s functionality with the hardware. So, in simple words, you can consider it a middleman between your security and applications.

Runtime Broker

When you open “Task Manager,” you will see it working in the background. Usually, it uses 3000 k of resources but sometimes, it shows spiking the massive usage of resources. If it is showing above the 15% usage of the memory, it means there is a serious issue with the Runtime Broker. There may be different reasons behind this error. Let’s discuss all of them with their fixes.

How to Fix Runtime Broker’s High CPU and Memory Usage?

Solution #1: Use Registry Cleaner (Most Working Solution)

There may be some registry errors that are causing this issue in Runtime Broker process. You can fix this error by using an authentic Registry Cleaner. I always use “Auslogics Registry Cleaner” that works faster than any other of its rival tools. You can download it from Here.

  1. Just run its’ “Scan”, and it will start working.
    Third-party Registry Cleaner

2. You will see it showing the number of registry errors as it scans. Once it completes the scanning process, you need to click “Fix” option to repair all of the registry errors.
Registry Errors

Solution #2: Block Runtime Broker Process

You can solve this runtime broker issue by blocking its service. Follow the instructions below to prevent it.

  1. Press “Ctrl+Alt+Del” keys to open “Task Manager.”
    Task Manager Processes

2. Click the “Processes” tab and scroll down to see “Runtime Broker” in the list of processes.

3. Right-click on “Runtime Broker” and select “Block Process (Quarantine)” option to prevent this process. It will fix the error.

Solution #3: Registry Editing

If you disable this service by using the Registry Editor, it will fix this issue successfully, and your computer will not stuck anymore.

  1. You need to right-click the “Start” menu and select “Run” option from there. Type “regedit” in the Run box and press Enter to move ahead.
    Registry Edit command in Run

2. Click the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” key.
Registry Editor Menu

3. Here, you need to select “System” folder to proceed.
System in Registry Editor

4. Now select “CurrentControlSet” from this menu.
Current Control Set registry

5. Here, you need to select “Services” folder.
Services Registry

6. You will see here “TimeBroker” that is indeed the Runtime Broker service. Double-click to open its value.

7. You will see its current value is 3. Just replace it with “4.”

Setting 4 instead of 3 means you disabled the process.

8. Now restart the system and check the presence of the Runtime Broker in the Task Manager. You will not find it there because it has been disabled. Don’t worry! Its Turn Off does not create adverse effects on the PC. Only! you would not be able to launch the applications you have downloaded from Microsoft Store.

Solution #4: Defragment Windows Drive

If the above-discussed solutions do not work, you can use the “Defragment” utility for the drive in which you have installed Windows. Usually, it is C drive. This service improves the performance of your system. If your system is running too slow due to the Runtime Broker high usage problem, it will improve the performance, and your system will run smoothly.

Follow the instructions below to perform this action.

  1. Press “Windows + R” keys to launch the “Run” dialogue box.

2. Type here “dfrgui” and press Enter key to open the Defragment utility.
Defragment command

3. Now select the drive you intend to scan and choose the “Disk Defragment” option from the bottom of the page. (If you do not know which drive you need to select, just click “Analyze Disk” option first).
Windows Drive

4. The process will take place. Wait for a while until it is finished.

Solution #5: Restart Runtime Broker

If you reboot your Runtime Broker process, it may help you fix this issue. You can follow the steps below to do so.

  1. Press “Ctrl + Alt + Del” to open Task Manager.

2. Now select “Processes” tab from here.
Processes in Windows Task Manager

3. Here, you need to right-click “Runtime Broker” and select “restart” option to restart this process.

4. It will surely fix the error. (Check some other applications that are using high CPU resources and “Restart” them too by using the same method).

Solution #6: Settings Menu Operation

You need to make some changes in the current settings of your Windows. There are some features you have to disable to stop receiving this error. See below what you need to change in Settings.

Disable Live Tile of Photo Application

The live tile of photo application may be causing Runtime Broker error. You need to disable this feature in Windows 8 and 10. Just follow the steps below in this context.

  • Go to the “desktop apps” menu and hover your mouse to the right bottom corner of the screen. It will show you “Settings” feature. Click to proceed.
  • In Settings menu, select “Personalization” feature.
  • Here, you need to select “Lock Screen.”
  • Right-click the “Live tile of your photo” app and select “Disable” feature to turn this feature off.

Disable Windows Tips Utility

  • Go to the “Settings” and select “System” category from here.
  • Now select “Notifications & Actions” from this menu.
  • Here, you will see an option “Show me tips about Windows.” Disable this option to get rid of this error.

Disable the P2P Sharing

  • Go to the “Settings” menu and choose “Update” from here.
  • Now select “Advanced” from here.
  • Click “How Updates are delivered” and turn off the option “Updates from more than one place” on this page.

Disable Background Applications

  • Go to the “Start” screen and select “Settings” from here.
  • Look for “Privacy” category in the Settings menu.
  • Here, you will find “Background Apps.” Disable these apps.

Delete SkyDrive / OneDrive

If you are using “OneDrive” or “SkyDrive” feature in Windows 8 or 10, you need to delete them from the system. Otherwise, the error will appear again after a few days.

Disable Google Drive

Another program that can cause this error is Google Drive. You need to disable it permanently to stop receiving this error.

That’s all buddies. After making modifications in the Settings menu, restart the system and celebrate your success because you have fixed the Runtime Broker consuming huge resources error.


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