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Fix: High CPU Usage by xboxstat.exe

Gamers with Xbox 360 wireless controllers will be familiar with the xboxstat.exe process. It launches when Windows starts and most remarkably has been reported to hog CPU resources. In this article, we’ll delve deeper into what xboxstat is, and then know how to solve its related issues.

 

If you’re a PC gamer with an Xbox 360 gamepad, you may find xboxstat.exe running on your computer. This process comes with the official xbox gamepad drivers, and loads during startup. Though xboxstat.exe comes installed with the gamepad drivers, it’s not required for the controller to work. The exact use of this process can’t be determined, but it’s believed it collects statistical information about your gameplay to Microsoft.

 

For some reason, xboxstat.exe consumes a lot of CPU resources. As reported by some users, it consumed at much as 50%-90% of CPU resources. Getting rid of this program won’t do any harm to your PC, so we’ll explain how to remove it.

Windows 7 or earlier

  1. Press the Windows Key + R, type msconfig and click OK.
  2. Click on the Startup tab and scroll through the list till you find Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories with the command column having C:\Program Files\Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories\Xboxstat.exe

  3. Uncheck the box next to this entry and click OK.
  4. Click the startup tab
  5. Scroll down until you find Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories (in the Command column it will be something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories\Xboxstat.exe), then uncheck its box
  6. Click OK and then click on the Restart Now or Restart Later After you reboot, you won’t see xboxstat.exe loaded again.

Windows 8 and Newer

  1. Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Startup tab and scroll through the list till you find Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories.
  3. Select the entry and click Disable at the bottom of the Task Manager window.
  4. Close the Task Manager and restart your PC. After you reboot, you won’t see xboxstat.exe loaded again.

 

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Fix: High CPU Usage by xboxstat.exe

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