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    • #2015529 Reply

      LHiggins
      AskWoody Plus

      I have a question about the program TrustedInstaller.exe that runs on my Win 7 laptop each time I reboot. Here’s the scenario and my questions.

      I have been using Linux Mint, which I run from an external SSD on this Win 7 laptop. Not a dual boot. When I do restart and boot into Windows – about once a week or so – the Trusted Installer will run and run and run. Sometimes is uses a lot of the computer’s resources – as high as 20-30%. When I look into the disk usage – it seems to be creating shadow copies – something like “…shadow copy 18…” but as soon as I start to do any other work, it stops and usage generally drops down to under 10%. But if I let it sit idle for a while, the Trusted Installer will start again.

      And this is on the initial boot up – not after downloading anything or getting updates, or creating a restore point.

      Here’s a screenshot of a few of the lines from the resource monitor – often there are many of these – this is where I caught it a week or so ago. Today it is up to copy 18:

      Trusted-Installer

      So my questions:

      1. Why does this run all the time? What is its real purpose?
      2. Can I just turn it off somehow?
      3. Or should I just let it run for “a while” each time I boot into Windows till it slows down?
      4. Is it “safe” to just start working when Trusted Installer hasn’t finished?
      5. Will it ever really finish?
      6. Is the fact that I am not using Windows on a daily/hourly basis contribute to the length of time that Trusted Installer runs?

      Thanks for any help. This is driving me a bit crazy since I rarely use Windows anymore – very slow, and this causes it to slow down even more. 🙁

       

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    • #2015784 Reply

      Bundaburra
      AskWoody Plus

      Trusted Installer is used to install (or uninstall) updates, and to allow or disable optional Windows components.  The service name (on my Win 10 system) is “Windows Modules Installer”, with a startup type of Manual – which seems to indicate that it only runs when required.  At the time of writing this, it is not running on my system.  Here is a reasonable explanation of it:

      https://www.thewindowsclub.com/trustedinstaller-exe-windows-7

      Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 1909

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    • #2015854 Reply

      anonymous

      2. Can I just turn it off somehow?

      It could be possible, maybe in task scheduler or applying other unsanctioned methods.

      3. Or should I just let it run for “a while” each time I boot into Windows till it slows down?

      TrustedInstaller & TiWorker will consume resources for a long while after being called to task. Reading CBS.log might vaguely help know what is occurring in this picture.

      4. Is it “safe” to just start working when Trusted Installer hasn’t finished?

      Yes, but progress in your work can be slow.

      5. Will it ever really finish?

      Yes, maybe sometime… Your own tasks might even be completed before TrustedInstaller is done.

      6. Is the fact that I am not using Windows on a daily/hourly basis contribute to the length of time that Trusted Installer runs?

      Yes, it could if there are automatic updates or other chores for TrustedInstaller and No, oftentimes not at all.

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      LHiggins
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      Thanks so much to you both! Much appreciated. I’ll check into the link and post back if I run into questions. I guess it is just something I’ll need to live with and keep an eye on whenever I do boot back into Windows – not something that I am enjoying very much anymore compared to Mint.

      Sorry for the late reply – and thanks for the information!

      LH

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