What is a ‘modern setup host’ and how can I fix high processor consumption?

Numerous reports indicate that users have noticed the Modern Installation host in Task Manager and questioned its usefulness and necessity. In this article, we will explain the capabilities of the application and introduce you to some of the problems associated with it and their solutions.

What is the Modern Installation Host?

What is the Modern Installation Host

Windows is one of the most popular operating systems developed and distributed by Microsoft. However, like any other software, it has its bugs, and sometimes the company releases some updates to fix them. These updates are downloaded directly to the computer and subsequently installed by some components integrated into the operating system.

The modern installer host is one such component and usually runs in the background when the main update is installed. It is automatically downloaded and installed by the computer and is usually located in the $Windows.BT folder. This host is responsible for running the upgrade to Windows 10 on the computer.

Why does the Modern Setup host consume CPU and disk resources?

Why does the Modern Setup host consume CPU and disk resources

There are several reasons why Modern Setup host can consume CPU and hard drive resources.

1. You are downloading an important update to a hard drive with a slow read/write speed.
2. Other resources or tasks are running that is slowing down SetupHost.exe.
3. You have malware or a virus pretending to be the SetupHost.exe process.

If you are concerned that you might have caught a virus somewhere, run anti-virus software to rule out this possibility. If you don’t have a virus and Modern SetupHost is still taking up all your resources, continue with the solutions listed below.

How do I repair a modern installer host that is causing a high CPU load?

How do I repair a modern installer host that is causing a high CPU load

You may know that the Modern Setup Host process is responsible for updating Windows.
So it is likely that you are having problems with the modern installer node due to a Windows Update error.

The solutions below try to fix the Windows Update errors, and each one applies to one of the two problems you are trying to solve. Scroll through the list until you find a method that works for you.

1. Run the Windows Update diagnostics and troubleshooting
2. Use the DISM tool.
3. Perform a restart
4. Check the default system language on your computer.
5. Remove all items in the Software Distribution folder.
6. Disable Windows Update on your computer.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooting

First of all, you can try running the Windows Update diagnostic program. It’s integrated with Windows 10 to help you fix Windows Update errors. If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you may need to download the diagnostic program from Microsoft.

If you are using Windows 10, follow the steps below to run the Windows Update diagnostics:

1. press the Windows logo key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
2. Type “troubleshooter” in the search box, then select “troubleshooter” from the results.
3. click Windows Update, then run the troubleshooter.
4. Verify that the troubleshooter has detected and resolved all problems.
a.) If the problems were not detected or marked as “Not Fixed”, go to Fix 2.
b.) If the problem is marked “Uncorrected”, you can look for it in our knowledge base, as we have published many articles to help you resolve Windows Update issues.

If you are using Windows 7 or 8, follow these steps:

1.Download the Microsoft troubleshooter.
2. Once the download is complete, double-click on the downloaded file to run it.
3.Select Windows Update and click Next.
4. Verify that the troubleshooter has found and corrected all problems.
a.) If the problems were not detected or marked Uncorrected, go to Fix 2.
b.) If the problem is labeled “Uncorrected”, you can find it in our knowledge base, because we have published many articles to help you fix problems with Windows Update.

Based on your own information, check to see if the problem exists with a modern install host by running Windows Update or updating your computer. If the problem went away, great. If the problem comes back, try something else.

Using the DISM tool.

Windows Update may fail if there is an error. In this case, you can use the built-in DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command-line tool to restore Windows images.

To run the DISM tool on your computer:

1. press the Windows logo key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
2. Type cmd in the search bar, then right-click Command Prompt or cmd in the results, select Run as administrator.
Note: Click Yes if prompted by User Account Control.
3. Type the following commands and press Enter after each:
DISM.exe /Online /Clean Image /Health Scan
DISM.exe /Online /Image Cleaning /Health Check
DISM.exe /Online /Image Cleanup /Health Check

Once you have executed the commands, check if there is a problem with Modern Setup Host by running a Windows update or refreshing your computer at your convenience. If the problem went away, good.
If the problem returns, move on to solution 3.

Perform a reboot.

Windows update may not work due to interference from background programs.
You can reboot to fix the problem, because when you reboot, Windows will start up with a minimal set of drivers and programs.

1. On the keyboard, press and hold the Windows logo key, then press R to bring up the runtime window.
2. Type msconfig and then press Enter.
3. On the General tab of the system configuration, clear the Load Startup Items check box.
4. Click the Services tab, select Hide all Microsoft services, and then click Disable All.
5. Click the Start tab, and then click Open Task Manager.
6. In the Start tab of the Task Manager, right-click each startup item that has an Enabled status and then select Disable.
7. Go back to the Start tab under System Configuration and click OK. 8.
8. Reboot the computer.

After restarting the system, check if there is still a problem with Modern Setup Host by running a Windows update or updating the PC to your own specifications. If the problem went away, that’s cool. If the problem repeats, don’t lose hope and move on to solution 4.

Check the default system language on your computer.

If your system language is not set to the same language as the default system interface language (the system language installed on your computer), you may have problems with Windows Update.

Therefore, make sure that the default system language matches the language installed on your system.

Note: If you are not sure about the default system interface language, follow these steps to check it:

1. Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
2. Type cmd, then right-click Command Prompt or cmd in the results to select Run as administrator.
Note: Click Yes if prompted by User Account Control.
3. Type /online /get-intl and press Enter. You should now see the system’s default user language.

Here’s how to check your system language:

If you are using Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. press the key with the Windows logo and I on the keyboard to open the settings window.
2. Click Time and Language.
3. Select the region and language. Make sure that the language is the default language for the system user interface.

  • If the language is set to a different language, set it as the default language for your system UI. Next, to check if there is a problem with the Advanced Setup Host, check Windows Update or update your PC accordingly.
  • If the language is already set as the default language for the system user interface, go to Fix 5.

If you are using Windows 7, perform the following steps:

1. On the keyboard, press and hold the Windows logo key and press R to open the Startup window. 2.
2. Enter the control, then press Enter. 3.
3. With the large viewing icons selected, tap Area and Language. 4.
4. Make sure that the language is set as the default language for the system user interface.
a.) If the language is set to a different language, set it as the default language in the system user interface. Then check if the problem persists with the Advanced Setup Host by performing a Windows update or by updating the PC accordingly.
b.) If the language is already set to the default system user interface language, go to Fix 5.

Remove all items from the software distribution folder.

If you are using Windows 10, there is a folder called Software Distribution, an important component of Windows Update that stores the temporary files you need to install Windows Update.

Sometimes Windows Update may not work because of temporary files in the Software Distribution folder.
You can perform the following steps to delete these files and try to solve the problem:

1. Press and hold down the Windows key on your keyboard, then press R to open a runtime window.
2. Copy and paste the following path : C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload. Then press the Enter key.
3. On your keyboard, press Ctrl and A simultaneously to select all the items in the software distribution download folder. Then right-click and select Delete.
4. If prompted to grant administrator privileges, select Do this for all items and continue. 5.
5. Reboot the computer.

After restarting your system, check Windows Update or update your computer at your convenience to see if the Modern Setup Host problem still exists.

For now, the modern setup host problem on your computer should be resolved. If the problem persists, we have another solution for you, go to solution 6.

Disable Windows Update on your computer

If you don’t want to install Windows Update on your computer and don’t want to update your computer to Windows 10, you can disable Windows Update on your computer to get rid of the modern install host problem.

Here’s how to disable Windows Update on your computer :

  1. Press and hold the Windows key on your keyboard, then press R to open the startup window.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. In the Services window that opens, right-click the Windows Update service. Then select Properties.
  4. On the General tab, set the startup type to Disabled and click Stop.
  5. Click the Restore tab and make sure that the first error is set to Do No Action. Then click Apply > OK.

Frequently Asked Questions

One way to solve the Modern Installer Host problem is to disable Windows Update. In the Services window, find Windows Update and right-click on it. In the settings, select Properties. Click the General tab and make sure that Startup Type is set to Disabled.

  1. Free up space on your hard drive.
  2. Run Windows cleanly.
  3. Make sure the default language is set to American English.
  4. Run setupprep.exe to continue updating the system.
  5. Run a scan of the installation images and system files.

  1. Reboot. First step: Save your work and restart your computer.
  2. Kill or restart processes. Open the task manager (CTRL+MINUTER+ESCAPE).
  3. Update the drivers.
  4. Check for malware.
  5. Power options.
  6. Find specific instructions on the Internet.
  7. Reinstall Windows.

Depending on the power of your computer, it should take 15 to 30 minutes to run Modern Install Host when installing smaller updates. If you install a large, feature-rich update, it can take 2 to 4 hours.