Service Host Local System Everything you need to know

Service Host Local System
By Tapas Pal Updated

If your system constantly shows you the message of system space running low, it’s the Service Host Local System that’s taking up all your system’s memory for no reason. This is an unauthorized program that gets automatically triggered. This installs updates without asking for them from the administrator. This is why it’s annoying finding this problem. Moreover, since fixing it not easy, it multiplies the need to research for the solutions.
Not just this, connecting to the Internet sometimes does more harm than good. Many programs after finding data connections trigger themselves. The problem lies when these don’t end up automatically. These keep running in the background and slowly consume all the system’s space. Service Host Local System belongs to the same category programs.

Well, not to worry about it because there are a lot of solutions to the problem. So you can fix it anytime. This can save you money when in the other option you look out for a system expert.

Here, we are going to take you through a detailed analysis of the problem and its solutions. So, let’s get started.

Service Host Local System

Service Host Local System (Network Restricted) high Disk/CPU Usage Problem

Most of the times, Service Host Local System high disk usage, is what users face. You can easily detect it in your Task Manager. Press Ctrl+ Alt+ Del. Key to open the Task Manager. Click the arrow next to Service and you’ll find it there. Since Service Host Local System is a process which is a part of Windows Update, this is mandatory and can’t be disabled forever (it can be) but it is not recommended. However, there are a no. of solutions to this problem. These are:

Method1: Set your Internet Connection as a Metered One

Fixing meter for the internet connection doesn’t let the data usage exceed a particular limit. This is how you can control the unnecessary processes from running in the background. So how can you meter your Internet connection? Follow the steps given below:

Step1: Open Settings and proceed to Network and Internet.

Step2: Choose Advanced Options from there.

Right there, you’ll find an option using which you can meter your Internet connection. Windows Updates will no longer be able to use the data because it has become a metered one now. But the problem is, in case you connect to a new Wi-Fi, you will need to set the meter again for that particular connection.

Method2: Disabling the Windows Updates (Permanent Fix)

You can simply disable Windows Updates and this will easily eliminate or restrict the programs from triggering on self-basis. But this will also stop the Windows Update to update anything on your system. The good news is, you can simply update everything manually.

Steps to disable Windows Update are as follows:

Step1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run Command Prompt.
Step2: Type “services.msc” in the search case and Press Enter.
Step3: Navigate to the Windows Update, double click it and there, you’ll find an option to “Disable” it forever.

That’s it. You have successfully disabled the Windows Update and all other similar applications/processes.
If these solutions do not fix this problem, see the next Method, and I hope this will work in your case.

Method3: Troubleshoot the Windows Update First

Step1: Navigate to Control Panel > System and Security. Click Security and Maintenance from there.
Step2: Click the Troubleshooting option. Under “System and Security” you’ll find an option “Fix problems with Windows Update”. Click it.
Step3: Click Next > Try Troubleshooting as an administrator.
This will probably fix the problem. If the problem persists, restart your system and follow the next methods.

Method4: Disable Superfetch

Step1: Press Windows (key) + X to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
Click Start, type Cmd in the search box. Right click the top result and select “Run as an administrator” to open it. Click yes if the prompt to seek permission pops up.
Step2: Type the following command:
net.exe stop Superfetch
and press Enter.

Wait for a couple of minutes and check if your system performance gets better or not. Also, to run a disk check, type the following command at the prompt:
Chkdsk.exe /f /r
And press Enter. Type Y to start the disk check process. By the time you restart your system and make sure that you close all the applications.

That’s it. You have disabled Superfetch with this. If the problem still persists, follow the next method.

Method5: Disable Certain Services

Step1: Find Task manager at the bottom of your desktop. Click it to launch it.
Step2: Click the arrow (at left) of Service Host: Local System. This will show you the list of each and every program that has been contributing majorly to the CPU usage.
Step3: Choose any of the program running under this category and click End Task. This will end it till the computer restarts again.
Do it for all the processes of Service Host: Local System and end them one by one.
Step4: Right click the program that you think can be a culprit and click Open Services.

Step5: Locate the same service in the Task Manager and right click it. Select Stop from the list to end it.

If ending this helps you, then you have successfully found the culprit. You can disable it as follows:

Double click the program. Go to the General Tab > Startup Type. Select Disabled from the drop-down menu. Click Apply and then OK to execute the changes.

Method6: Scanning the System files

Step1: Press Windows Key + X to open the command prompt as an administrator.
Click Start button, type “cmd” and right click the top result. Choose “run as an administrator” from the list.
Step2: Type the following command:
and, press Enter. Wait till the system finish the entire verification. This will take a few minutes. After this, enter
And press Enter. Wait till all the process ends. It took 2-4 minutes to finish the entire verification and execution on my PC.

That’s it, you have successfully (most possibly) fixed the problems of “Service Host: Local System”. This will end all the irrelevant CPU and Memory usage notifications. Also, Windows Update will now onwards won’t trigger these unnecessary applications.

Final Words:

That was the list of all the methods which you can use to fix this issue in Windows 10 and other lower versions. Please try all the methods before jumping to the final conclusion. One or the other will surely fix the issue on your system.
In case you have more working methods, please share them with us and help others fix this issue. Stay tuned for the next article.