Okay, you may have already noticed it – your Windows 8.1 consumes high CPU usage. The problem and resolution are mentioned in recent Microsoft bulletin KB3053711.

A lot of users have reported about the problem when running taskhost.exe. The good news is that it is not a virus or an exploit that can harm your PC. Here what Microsoft support says in the report:

“In Windows 8.1, when the user account name contains the word “user”, intermittently you will find the process taskhost.exe keeps consuming high CPU percentage.


This is a problem in the component DFPCommon.dl in Windows 8.1.


To resolve the issue, do not create a user account contains the string “user” on the computer.”

Well, it may sound hilarious, as you can’t go back to the past and decide not to create these accounts. The advice will sound much better if it were to delete those accounts.

It’s not the first case of non-standard Microsoft advice. In 2009, the company asked users “not to stop mouse pointer from moving” while working in Microsoft Excel. That helped to return the results of their query to the worksheet.

As soon as Microsoft will release a more sophisticated resolution of this issue, we will add it to Fixico.

So if you faced high memory usage in Windows, now you know what to do. Good luck!