How to Fix Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service High CPU Usage?

Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service runs in Task Manager. It is a service for security which comes in-built in your Windows to prevent piracy and secures Windows from software tampering. It is responsible for executing, installing and downloading Windows digital licenses and apps. However, if you want it to consume less CPU usage, then apply the solutions given below:

Reboot MS Software Protection Platform Service

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Hold the Windows and R keys to invoke the Run section.
  2. After that, input ‘services.msc’ into it and select the OK button.
  3. Then move down the list of services to locate the ‘Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service.’
  4. Thereafter, select the service and right-click on it then choose the Restart button.
  5. In case the Restart option is grey out, then you are required to choose the Start button and select the button of Restart.
  6. Finally, look at whether the SPPSVC high CPU problem is fixed. Otherwise, attempt other fixes instantly.

Upgrade the Windows

Follow the steps given below:

  1. Hold the Windows and I keys altogether over the keyboard to invoke the Settings.
  2. Then switch to the right of the screen then choose the option of ‘Check for updates.’
  3. You will view that Windows is looking for updates.
  4. Once the update process is over, restart the system and check the issue.

Perform System Maintenance Troubleshooter

Here are the instructions you need to follow:

  1. You should invoke the Control Panel on your system.
  2. After that, input ‘troubleshoot’ into it and hit the Enter key to open the Troubleshooting.
  3. Once you reach the Troubleshooting screen, select the View all section.
  4. Then scroll down the menu until you locate the System Maintenance.
  5. Later, choose the ‘Run as administrator’ and right-click on it.
  6. Go to the prompt screen and select the button from Next.
  7. Finally, the Troubleshooter will start to scan errors on the OS.
  8. Once it detects the errors, it will find corresponding fixes for your system.

Refresh the Windows with a Fresh Copy

Follow the steps given below:

  1. You should invoke the MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its primary interface.
  2. Once select the system disk, choose the feature of Copy Disk in the left side action pane.
  3. Reach the next screen, select the destination drive for the copied disk then choose the Next Button.
  4. You should select the options of copy based on the demand.
  5. Later select the button of Next.
  6. Select the button of Finish to return to the primary interface.
  7. You have to choose the Apply button to carry out the copy disk operation.

Mathew Anderson is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Mathew has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as