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FIX: Srtasks.exe High Disk Usage? What is Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks?

Is your Srtasks.exe using High Disk Usage?


You don’t know what even Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks is?

Recently, users have reported that their PC started is getting a bit laggy and the performance is getting low and when they opened the Task Manager they saw that Srtasks.exe is using almost 90% of the disk/CPU.

First of all, you don’t need to worry much because you are not alone in this and many users were trying some wrong fixes for Srtasks exe on Windows 11.


We have compiled a list of the best solutions for you to fix the SRtasks High disk Usage.

Before going to the fix there will be some important questions regarding the Windows System Protection Background Tasks error that might be in your mind.

What is Srtasks.exe?

 Srtasks.exe is an executable file and stands for Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks and was introduced in Windows 8, and can also be found in the latest versions of Windows 10 and 11.

Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks is responsible for providing the service needed to create a restore point on your system as it’s really important for your PC to have one restore point where all things are working perfectly on your PC.

Srtasks exe is allocated in C:/Windows/System32/ folder.

Can I disable Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks?

I won’t recommend you to disable Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks as this process plays an important role in Windows OS so there are chances many services would stop and your PC performance might be affected.

Is SRTasks exe a virus?

It’s totally safe as SRTasks is a legitimate program digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation and most users have not found it safe.

As it is legitimate so hackers might attack the program to make changes and carry out their illegal activities through Srtasks.exe

Moreover, if you are a Windows XP or Windows Vista user and if you see this console window host process running on your PC then it’s an unwanted program as this file no longer works there.

Also, we can clear our doubt that SRTasks exe is a virus or not by checking the file location as it should be located in its default file location when it was originally developed.

But still, to be on the safe side you can check if there’s a virus or not through Task Manager:

  1. Press together Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  2. Go to Details and look for Srtasks.exe
  3. Also on your right side under the description column make sure its name is correct.
  4. Right-click on it and select Open file location.
  5. If it is located at C:\Windows\System32file name srtasks.exe

And if it’s not in the given address then it might be a virus or spyware so my advice is for you to run a full system scan with the help of your anti-virus program installed on your PC.

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Solution 1: Scan For Virus and Threats

When you download something from a malicious website you may download a virus with it which replicates itself with the Srtasks.exe name.

This can result in a Srtasks high disk usage process.

Although you have an antivirus installed on your PC still it can’t protect your system 100%.

Also, it replaces the damaged files.

So, to overcome Microsoft System Protection Background Tasks high disk usage in Windows 11 it’s best to scan for viruses using the Windows 11 built-in virus protection software.

Here’s is how you can do it:

  1. Click on the Search icon
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Now click on Privacy & security > Windows SecurityPrivacy & security > Windows Security Srtasks.exe
  4. Select Virus & threat protection and click on Quick scan.Virus & threat protection Srtasks.exe
  5. Wait for the scan to finish and then reboot your PC to see Srtasks.exe high disk usage in Windows 11 is fixed.

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Solution 2: Disable System protection to Fix Srtasks.exe High Disk Usage

To fix Srtasks.exe you need to disable the system protection service but keep in mind that after disabling this service you won’t be able to go back to your previous point in time.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Type in the search bar “Create a restore point”.
  2. Click on System Restore on the System Properties window that appeared.
  3. Then select Local Disk C: (System) and click on Configure.
  4. In the pop-up windows click on the radio button saying Disable system protection
  5. Now click on Apply and Ok.system properties Srtasks.exe
  6. After that restart your PC and see if Srtasks.exe high disk usage is solved or not.

If System Protection is already disabled then move on to the next solution.

Solution 3: Perform a System File Check to Fix System Protection Background Tasks

Sometimes the damaged file can lead to System Protection Background Tasks high CPU usage on Windows 11 and your program will be unable to run.

So, the Sfc(System file checker) helps you scan the errors and replaces them if  Srtasks.exe replicated itself.

Here’s what you need to do to fix the Srtasks exe high CPU usage:

  1. Open Command Prompt as an Administrator, press Windows Key + X
  2. Or, search “Command Prompt” in the Startup menu, then choose Run as administratorCommad Prompt
  3. Type “sfc /scannow”sfc /scannow”Srtasks.exe
  4. Be careful with the spaces between commands.
  5. This action may take up to 20 minutes so don’t interrupt it.
  6. After that restart your PC and check if Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks high CPU usage is solved or not.

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Solution 4: Disable Superfetch to Fix Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks high CPU usage

Disabling Superfetch will help you get over Srtasks.exe high CPU usage but you should know that Superfetch is an important service for Windows when you need data for your apps.

But you can disable it when you don’t need it in near future.

So, here’s what you need to disable Superfetch process:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run window.Run Window Srtasks.exe high disk usage
  2. Then type services.msc and click OK to enter the service app.
  3. Scroll down and find Superfetch and double-click the Services to open its Properties.
  4. In the Startup Type section choose Disabled from the drop-down list.
  5. Click on Apply and then select OK.
  6. Restart your PC and see if Srtasks.exe is fixed or not.

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Solution 5: Run System Maintenance Troubleshooter to Fix Srtasks exe High Disk Usage

This System maintenance troubleshooter will look for errors all-around your PC and will fix them.

Moreover, the corrupted files that will get fixed with it will also solve Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks high disk Usage.

So, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click on the Search icon
  2. Select Control Panel.Control Panel System Protection Background Tasks
  3. Now look for TroubleshootingControl panel troublesshooting
  4. In the left pane click on View all.Troubleshooting computer problem
  5. Now double-click on Windows Store Apps

After the troubleshooting is done you need to run your Windows in Safe Mode.

And you do this by following the steps below:

  1. Press Windows Button + R Key
  2. The Run Dialogue Box will appear
  3. Type “msconfig“ and press Enter.
  4. The System Configuration window will open and then click on the Boot tab.
  5. Now checkbox the Safe boot option.system configuration
  6. Then click on Apply and OK for the system to reboot in safe mode.
  7. After rebooting check if System Protection Background Tasks high disk usage is fixed or not.

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Solution 6: Run a CHKDSK Scan to Fix Srtasks.exe

The chkdsk(Check Disk) scan function replaces all the missing and corrupted files that were leading to Srtasks.exe high disk usage.

Sometimes your disk captures errors related to the system such as internal corrupted files and leads to high disk usage.

So, here’s what you need to do to fix the Microsoft Windows System Protection Background Tasks:

  1. Open Command Prompt as an Administrator, press Windows Key + X
  2. Or, search “Command Prompt” in the Startup menu, then choose Run as administrator
  3. Click the Yes button for confirmation when the dialog box appears
  4. Type chkdsk /r and press Enter
  5. You will receive a message saying if you want the disk scan to be performed when you reboot your PC next time
  6. Type Y and press Enter.
  7. After the disk drive scan is complete then check if Srtasks.exe high CPU usage is fixed.Srtasks.exe high cpu usage chkdsk

Solution 7: Scan System File

Most errors are caused by corrupted files, so start by checking the system files to fix the  Srtasks.exe error

You can do this using the DSIM tool which will replace missing files.

While typing commands be careful at the spaces between ‘/’ and word.

So here’s what you need to do to fix the Windows System Protection Background Tasks:

  1. Search by pressing the Window key and type “Command Prompt“
  2. Right-click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator“. The option is available in the right pane of the window too.
  3. Type “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Res and press Enter.
  4. It Might take up to 30 minutes to complete the process
  5. Once the operation is completed successfully, type “sfc /scannow” in the command line and then press the Enter key.
  6. If there were any corrupted files you would see the following message on the command line: “Windows Resource Protection detected corrupted files and successfully restored them.”
  7. If so, type exit and hit enter.
  8.  Srtasks.exe error corrupted files would have been fixed by now.
  9. You can restart your windows and check if the Srtasks.exe high disk usage error in Windows 7 exists.command prompt Srtasks.exe


So, these are the best fixes we could get for you in fixing Srtasks.exe High disk Usage in Windows 11 and

Disabling Windows System Protection Background Tasks from your system is not that much of an easy job and also we don’t recommend it to so that’s why we have provided you with the best possible solutions.

It’s best you try all the solutions and if you have any other fix related to Srtasks.exe high disk usage or any type of question then just let us know in the comment section below.



  1. How do you stop Srtasks?

    file name srtasks.exe

    You can’t stop Srtasks directly but you can disable it for some time by disabling System Restore.

  2. Why is my disk usage so high?

    Your disk usage is high as the executable file might be finding some replaced file or there’s a malicious activity taking place in your system.

  3. Is SRTasks exe safe?

    windows 11

    SRTasks exe is not a virus unless it replicates itself or harms your computer so it’s totally safe.

  4. Where is Srtasks.exe located?

    Srtasks.exe is allocated in C:\Windows\System32 where it was store default when developed

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