Windows 11: Input Experience consumes 20% CPU power in File Explorer

Windows[German]Windows 11 already needs a lot of resources with its "little balconies and optical gimmicks". Especially the so-called "Input Experience" puts a strain on the CPU – I've read about 20% CPU resource consumption in Explorer. But with a small registry intervention this Input Experience can be deactivated if necessary.


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The Windows Input Experience is a service that is delivered with Windows 11 and probably prepares inputs and displays. If I understand it correctly, the feature is also used in conjunction with widgets and search in Windows 11. The problem is that the Windows Input Experience probably runs in the background and causes massive CPU load and consumes RAM.

If you search for the term, you will come across a few posts complaining about problems with this feature. In this MS Answer forum post, someone complains that in the Insider version, the Input Experience constantly appears as an app window and that search, shortcuts, etc. no longer work. In addition, there are other MS forum posts like here or here asking how to disable the Windows Input Experience. This post can also be found on reddit.com.

Windows Input Experience

I recently came across the issue with Windows Input Experience via the above tweet. The poster writes that File Explorer is stealing 20% of CPU power and states that the Windows Input Experience is to blame. He then stated to create the following .reg file and double click to import it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\input]
"IsInputAppPreloadEnabled"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows]CurrentVersion\Dsh]
"IsPrelaunchEnabled"=dword:00000000

After importing from the .reg file by double-clicking, Windows 11 should be rebooted. Then the CPU load should go down.


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The basic explanations on this topic can be found in this blog post. This Microsoft Answers forum thread also describes the entries for stopping the Windows Input Experience.


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