How to fix System Interrupts High CPU Usage

How to fix System Interrupts High CPU Usage

/ Shayne Sherman

Interrupts are a normal way for computer hardware like mouse and keyboard to communicate with the CPU. The system interrupts process is a Windows 10 component.

Although Interrupts are often seen running in the Task Manager, they should not cause any problems as they are running in the background.

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Some Windows 10 users are experiencing high CPU usage while the system interrupts are running. This should not be the case because interrupts only use a tiny portion of CPU resources. However, if they are causing the CPU to overload, follow the steps below to fix the issue.

Let’s get started!

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Method 1: Check for Windows Updates

The first thing to do is to check for Windows updates. You could be running a version of Windows with performance issues which causes high CPU usage.

To check for Windows updates, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press on Windows Key or Click on Start menu

Step 2: Click on Settings


Step 3: On Windows Settings, Click on Update & Security

Update & Security

Step 4: Click on Check for Windows Updates or Download

Check Windows Update or Download

Step 5: Wait for the update to finish

Step 6: Once the update is done, Windows will ask you to restart your computer to apply the updates

Step 7: After updating, go to task manager and check if high CPU usage is fixed

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Method 2: Run Windows Check Disk

Try running a check disk scan using command prompt. CHCKDSK is a system tool for windows that scans system files and checks its logical integrity.

Step 1:  Press Windows key + S and search for Command Prompt.

Command Prompt

Step 2: Right click on command prompt and run it as Administrator

Command Prompt run as Administrator

Step 3:  A pop up screen will appear, Click Yes.

Step 4:  Type “chckdsk” in command prompt and press enter


Step 5: Wait for it to finish and Reboot your computer.

Reboot computer

Method 3: Disable Audio Enhancements

System Interrupts are used by hardware devices to communicate with the CPU, Audio Enhancements for your speakers or headphones can cause high CPU usage. Try disabling these enhancements and see if the issue is solved.

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Step 1: Right click on the speaker button on your taskbar

Speaker button

Step 2: Select Open Sound Settings

Open Sound settings

Step 3: On sound settings, click on Device Properties

Device properties

Step 4: On Device Properties, Click on Additional Device Properties

Additional Device Properties

Step 5: Click on Advanced tab

Advanced tab

Step 6: Under Advanced tab, Uncheck Enable audio enhancements

uncheck Enable Audio Enhancements

Step 7: Click on Ok

Step 8: Restart your computer and check if the high CPU usage is fixed

Method 4: Check for Virus and Malware

Computer viruses and malware can cause instability in your computer system. Scanning for viruses and removing them can fix the problem of HIGH CPU usage.

Step 1: Press Windows key + S and search for “Windows Defender” then run it.

Windows Defender

Step 2: Click on scan now and wait for windows defender to finish checking your system for virus and malwares.

Scan now

Step 3: Reboot your computer after the scan has finished and check if the issue is fixed.

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Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.