If you feel like your system is running a little slower than usual, the first thing you should do is open the Task Manager and check your memory and CPU usage. Sometimes is just a software or an antivirus doing a scan, other times you find the TiWorker.exe eating all of your resources and you don’t know what to do to stop it from doing it. What is the TiWorker.exe? Keep reading to learn everything about this little process.

What is the Windows Modules Installer Worker?windows module installer

The Windows Modules Installer or its executable name, TiWorker.exe is a service used by Windows Update and is in charge of looking for new updates. It also modify or installs it. After a windows installation or every now and then, you Windows system automatically look for new Windows Updates to keep your system up to date with all the security and system upgrades, and when the system do this, the Windows Modules Installer starts running in the background. It also begin to work if you manually search for updates.

If you open the Task Manager and see the TiWorker.exe running, it’s most likely that it’s installing an update or is searching for one, so do not worry if you find this service in the background.

My PC is slow, why the Windows Modules Installer Worker is using so much resources?

Well, this process is known to be a resources eater, so it’s normal for it to use a lot of your CPU occasionally.  The problem starts when you need to use your PC and it’s slower than usual, but here are two recommendations to deal with this:

  • Just wait: The Windows Modules Installer Worker is running because it is installing some updates or adding/removing some windows optional features and it will likely stop as soon as it finish that process. You can wait for it and do some other things.
  • If you don’t want to wait: Manually search for updates when you don’t plan to use the PC. Are you going out for a couple of hours? Run the Windows Updates and search for updates. This method works well to “prevent” the running of the exe when you don’t want to.

Remember, on the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases some system updates, so keep that in mind if you plan to use your Pc, because the Windows Modules Installer Worker will be running in the background downloading installing the update. The speed of this process depends on your internet connection and your hardware, so a better CPU and a faster internet will reduce the amount of time it takes to finish.

What can I do if a want to disable it?

Well, it’s not recommended to disable the Windows Modules Installer Worker because that could put your PC in risk of infection or a security breach. Everyday a new virus is navigating the web, looking for some unprotected computers to do its dirty work. Microsoft release its security updates to prevent this and disabling the TiWorker.exe will not help you.

If you want to take the risk, you can go to Windows Updates and disable it completely, preventing the Windows Module Installer Worker from run in the background and consume your resources. Remember, this option is not recommended at all.

Another option is to set up a schedule yourself and manually search for updates. In this way, you can disable the automatic run of the Windows Modules Installer Worker, because it will start working when you look for the updates manually.

Is the TiWorker.exe a virus?

No, this process is not a virus but a critical part of Windows. There is no report of virus using the Windows Modules Installer Worker or TiWorker.exe on windows 10 as a disguise. This process comes with the Windows installation and it’s most likely to run as intended in your system. Feel free to run an antivirus scan if you want to make sure everything is ok, but it’s not necessary.

My TiWorker.exe take HOURS to finish. Is it normal?

As we previous said, the speed of the Windows Modules Installer Workers depends on the speed of your CPU and internet connection. But if you think that something is wrong with the duration or the module itself, you can run the Windows Update troubleshooter to find and repair any problems with the TiWorker.exe.

To run the Windows Update troubleshooter you just need to go to Settings, Update & Security, Troubleshoot and finally Windows Update. You will see a “Run the troubleshooter” button under the “Windows Update” dialog, so click on it and apply any fix it recommends you. After that, the troubleshooter will fix any problem with the TiWorker.exe.

If you can’t find a solution and the problem persist, you can always contact the Microsoft Support team for further instructions.

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