Have you ever turned on the Task Manager and found that a software called Runtime Broker is using your hardware resources excessively? If you have seen it and wonder what this software is, why it uses so much CPU and RAM, then this article is for you.

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What is Runtime Broker?

Runtime Broker is a Windows process in Task Manager that helps manage PC access to Universal apps from the Microsoft Store. Runtime Broker first appeared on Windows 8 and continues to be used on Windows 10, so you don’t have to worry about this being a buggy software or a virus.

Why does Runtime Broker use so much CPU and RAM?

Normally, Runtime Broker uses very little RAM, only a few megabytes of memory. However, when an app crashes or you launch a universal app from the Microsoft Store, Runtime Broker can eat up to a gigabyte or more of RAM. The same goes for CPUs.

It is normal for Runtime Broker to consume a lot of CPU and RAM when running applications. But Microsoft recommends that if your RAM is being used too much, it will slow down your PC. Open Task Manager and check how much RAM is being used by Runtime Broker. If Runtime Broker is using more than 15% memory, then you are probably having problems with the application on your PC.

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Troubleshooting guide when Runtime Broker makes your PC slow

Runtime Broker is a Windows process that protects the privacy and security of users when running Universal apps. Therefore, you should not disable it, or turn it off unless there is an error.

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Method 1: Turn off “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” in settings

You follow these steps: Windows > Settings > System > Notification & actions. Then scroll down and uncheck the box Get tips, tricks, and suggestion ad you use Windows.

If Runtime Broker still fails, try the second method.

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Method 2: Disable background apps

You follow these steps: Windows > Settings > Privacy > Background apps. Then in the line Let apps run in the background , you turn the horizontal bar to Off to turn off all applications running in the background.

So from now on you know what Runtime Broker is and how to fix it when Runtime Broker fails. Good luck!