Why RuntimeBroker.exe Is Running On My PC?

If you’re reading this guide, then you might know that the RuntimeBroker.exe is running in the background of your Task Manager window. But you don’t know what it is Runtime Broker and why it consumes CPU usage sometimes. If you want to find the answer to your question then stay with us.

What Is Runtime Broker?

Runtime Broker is the Microsoft core process that launches in Windows 8 and continues in Windows 10. It is used to check whether universal applications you got from the Windows Store–which were known as Metro apps in Windows 8–are revealing all of their privileges. Such as they are being able to access your microphone or location. Though it executes in the background all the time, you will likely view its activity rise whenever you launch a universal app.

Is RuntimeBroker.exe Using More Memory?

Runtime Broker

When it’s inactive, the Runtime Broker maintains a low memory profile, typically it takes 20-40 MB. When you launch a universal app, you can then view the memory usage increase to anywhere from 500-700 MB.

Launching extra universal apps should not cause Runtime Broker to consume extra memory. And when you quit all open universal apps, Runtime Broker’s memory usage simply drops back down to the 20-40 MB range.

Shortly after the OEM launch of Windows 8 or 10, users start reporting memory leaks linked with RuntimeBroker.exe. The result of these leaks is a big drain on physical PC resources that cause RuntimeBroker.exe to use many gigs of memory. Linked with these leaks are third-party applications that implement a Live Tile update function known as “TileUpdater.GetScheduledTileNotifications.” When the tile update executes, Windows shares the request, but can’t launch the memory linked with the function.

Also, remember that every update call uses a small amount of memory. However, it affects snowballs as requests are continuously sent and the memory never gets reallocated. To resolve this needs the developer of the app to modify how the Live Tile updates work for a specific app with the leak.

Why Is It Consuming My CPU Usage?

Why Is It Consuming My CPU Usage

When it’s just executing in the background, Runtime Broker usually spiking 0% of your CPU. After you launch a universal app, the usage increase and rise to 25-30% and then again settle back down. That’s normal. If you check that Runtime Broker is consistently spiking 30% or more of your CPU. Displaying higher than expected memory usage. Or else consuming the usage even when you don’t have a universal app executing, there are some potential causes.

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you might have noticed that Windows likes to display you the occasional tip through notifications. For any reason, this activity acts as a universal app and hold the Runtime Broker process. You can resolve this after disabling tips. Move to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions, and then disable the “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” option.

It’s also possible that you have apps that are causing RuntimeBroker.exe to use many resources than it should. If that’s the situation, then uninstall the app that’s causing the problem. Or else you must know that the app is updated to the new version. If that doesn’t work, try to uninstall and reinstall the app. And if that fails, make sure you allow the developer to know about your issue (and, if you don’t want it, uninstall it in the meantime).

Can I Turn It Off?

No, you can’t turn it off. And you shouldn’t anyway. It’s essential for your security and privacy when executing universal apps. Also, it is very lightweight when it’s executing properly, so there’s not much reason to turn it off it. If you think it misbehaves, you can then kill the Runtime Broker process by right-tapping it in Task Manager and then selecting End Task.

After a few moments, the RuntimeBroker.exe will automatically launch.

Is RuntimeBroker.exe Is A Malware?


As we explain earlier the process is an official Windows component. So it’s possible that a virus can replace the actual Runtime Broker with an executable of its own. No one claims that it is a virus. If you are still confused about it then check Runtime Broker’s underlying file location. In Task Manager, right-tap Runtime Broker and select the “Open File Location” option.

When the file is saved in your Windows\System32 folder, then make sure you are not dealing with a virus.

Some RuntimeBroker .exe Error Messages:

Few itype.exe error messages occur that are as follow:

  • “RuntimeBroker.exe Application Error.”
  • “RuntimeBroker.exe failed.”
  • “Cannot find RuntimeBroker.exe.”
  • “RuntimeBroker.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
  • “RuntimeBroker.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”
  • “Error starting program: RuntimeBroker.exe.”
  • “RuntimeBroker.exe is not running.”
  • “RuntimeBroker.exe not found.”
  • “Faulting Application Path: RuntimeBroker.exe.”

These .exe error messages occur after the installation of a program, during the execution of it’s linked software program.

How To Resolve It:

A clean PC is one of the best ways to avoid bugs. It means performing viruses scans, wiping your hard disk with sfc /scannow or cleanmgr, analyzing any auto-start programs (with msconfig), uninstalling programs you don’t need, and turning on automatic Windows updates. Always make daily backups or at least define recovery points.

If you have face any issue. Use the resmon command to check the processes that are creating issues. Also, in case of serious issues, rather than reinstalling Windows. Then you must try to repair your installation or, in case of Windows 8, after running the command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth. This enables you to repair the OS without data loss.


Having complete knowledge of computers is not enough for everyone. You must know which program and application are running on your PC or is it harmful or not. So, our guide focus on the complete overview of Runtimebroker.exe. I hope you understand it very well. If you still have any queries and questions let us know below!

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