How to Stop Wmiprvse.exe

by Kefa Olang ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wmiprvse.exe, also known as Windows Management Instrumentation, is a Windows operating system component that provides management information and control in an enterprise environment. It is stored in the Wbem folder located in the Systems folder and is used to query and set information on desktops, applications, networks and other enterprise components. Although it’s not a security risk, it makes unwanted changes such as locking the task bar on your computer. It can be disabled to prevent it from running.

Press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" together to open the Windows Task Manager. Click the "Processes" tab.

Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Run" or "Start Search" (Windows Vista users). Type "services.msc" (without quotes) and press "Enter" to open the services window.

Scroll down the right panel and double-click "Windows Management Instrumentation." Click "Stop" to terminate the program's running process.

Select "Disabled" on the Startup type window and click "OK." This will prevent it from running at startup. Restart your computer.

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Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.