Are you seeing that WUDF.exe is eating up an enormous amount of processing power of your system? If it is, then the problem is associated with the Windows Driver Foundation (formerly known as Windows Driver Framework). At first, try out these workarounds to fix the issue with minimum steps. Otherwise, if the problem continues to bother you, go for those fixes.
1. Unplug any unnecessary peripherals (like- USB devices, external HDD, ) from your system. Then, check the status of the problem.
2. Check if there are any updates pending for your device.
Fix-1 Run System Maintenance troubleshooter-
System Maintenance can solve the issue if the problem is caused by unused files and shortcuts.
1. To open the Run window, press Windows key+R keys together.
2. In the Run window, type “control” and then hit Enter.
Control Panel window will open.
3. In the Control Panel window, click on “Troubleshooting“.
4. Now, click on the “Run maintenance tasks“.
5. In the System Maintenance window, click on “Next“.
6. Now, you have to click on “Try troubleshooting as an administrator” to continue with the process.
Let the troubleshooter identify the actual problem which is causing this issue and fix that.
7. Once the Troubleshooting process is complete, click on “Close the troubleshooter“.
Close the Control Panel window.
Open and Task Manager and check out if the WDUF has stopped consuming a huge amount of CPU power.
Fix-2 Try clean booting your computer-
If this problem is caused by any third-party software, clean booting the device may solve the issue. Follow these steps-
1. Press Windows key+R together. The Run window will open.
2. Now, type “msconfig” and then hit Enter.
The System Properties window will open.
3. At first, go to the “General” tab.
4. Next, click on the radio button beside the option “Selective startup“.
5. Then, check the option “Load system services” to ensure that only essential services are loaded at booting.
6. Then, click on the “Services” tab.
7. In the Services tab, check the “Hide all Microsoft services” option.
7. To disable all these 3rd party softwares, click on the “Disable all” option in the bottom left corner.
8. Finally, to save the changes on your computer, click on “Apply” and then click “OK”.
Now, restart your computer.
This time only the basic drivers and services will boot up. Now, try to check the WDUF.exe is still consuming that much power.
Fix-3 Re-install network adapter-
According to some users, they have solved the issue simply by uninstalling the network adapter driver and re-installing it.
1. Press Windows key+S and then type the “Network Connections“.
2. Now, click on “View network connections“.
Network Connections will open.
3. You have to note down which network adapter driver you are using.
(Example– For this computer, the name of the adapter is “150Mbps Wireless 802.11bgn Nano USB Adapter“, which is shown just below the network name ‘Anonymous‘. )
4. Press Windows key+R to open Run window.
5. Next, type “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open the Device Manager utility.
6. In the Device Manager utility window, expand the “Network adapters” option.
7. In order to uninstall the adapter, right-click on the network adapter you are using and then click on “Uninstall device“.
8. Now, a warning message will appear. Simply click on “Uninstall” to confirm the uninstallation process.
Now, the network adapter driver will be uninstalled from your system.
Now, we will re-install the same network adapter on your device. Follow these easy methods-
Simply restarting your computer should install the uninstalled driver itself. You will have your network adapter working fine again.
If you can’t see the driver on your computer even after restarting your system, you can scan for the driver to reinstall it-
1. Press Windows key+X together and then click on “Device Manager“.
2. In the Device Manager window, click on “Action” in the menu-bar.
3. Then, click on “Scan for hardware changes“.
You will see the network driver again on the Device Manager.
Your problem will be fixed for sure.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.