"service host: Local system (network restricted)(11)" eating virtual memory


  • I pretty much don't really know much about my p.c. system as I'm not usually the one looking into the works of my p.c. In fact all I know is what I've seen others do. So forgive me in my ignorance. I've looked around and saw that either no one has my issue or if they do, the fixes are generally confusing. 

    I bought a laptop (with windows 8) bout 3-4 months ago. I not sure if the issues started when I upgraded to windows 8.1 or just afterwards but they've been going on for a few weeks. My computer is running out of virtual memory at the most random times. Usually it starts to run out of virtual memory after a couple of days of it being left on (with standby). If I close most my active programs the memory changes by 2-10%. If I have more then four programs open at this stage it warns me that my virtual memory is being used up. (I am usually using Chrome (or firefox but that would refuse to stay open for more then 5 seconds so I uninstalled it), steam (chatting only), musicbee and task manager.)

    Task manager usage


    My only virus scan is Windows defender and it claims no threats were detected. 

    I have 6 gig of ram but I'm not positive how to check virtual memory. Or even where to start with fixing this issue. 

    Anyway thank you in advance and if you need more information just let me know.

    Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:11 PM


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  • Hi,

    First, let me explain that Virtual memory is used when your RAM is filled up or when you put a laptop into hibernate mode (hibernate mode essentially dumps your RAM onto the hard drive so it can pick up where it left off even after power is shut off).

    Since the general shut down of Windows 8 or 8.1 likes a combined hibernate  so that windows can start up quickly, I consider that this issue is caused by such shut down and fast boot.

    I suggest we disable fast boot to check the issue:

    To Turn "Fast Startup" On or Off in System Settings on this article:

    Also, we can try to reset virtual memory to see what’s going on.

    Configure Virtual Memory in Windows 8

    If the issue persists, please test it in Clean boot mode:

    How to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista


    If the issue doesn’t appear, you can determine which one can be the cause by using dichotomy in MSconfig. Checking on half of Non-Microsoft service and restart, determining which half of the services cause the issue and repeating to check half of the problematic half services.

    If the issue persists in Clean boot mode, let’s run Process explorer to view which program calling service host causing this issue, and we can remove it to see what’s going on:

    Process Explorer v15.40

    Detail steps you can refer this blog:

    How to troubleshoot high cpu in the System process

    It could help you to determine which process detailed under svhost.exe cause the issue.

    Keep post.

    Kate Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, December 06, 2013 8:13 AM
  • The problem is caused by usb powered speakers. Try disconnecting any speaker and see if it will work.

    • Edited by nathanpiccio Monday, April 14, 2014 9:19 AM
    • Proposed as answer by TwoPheat Monday, June 02, 2014 3:33 AM
    Monday, April 14, 2014 7:04 AM
  • That was it, un-f'ing-believable that windows 8 is trying so hard to do (anything) something with a usb powered device with no data link in it...

    I have been a huge fan and proponent of 8 and 8.1, this little ditty almost had me installing 7 again..... 

    COME-ON MS!!!!

    Monday, June 02, 2014 3:34 AM
  • I've had the same problem. i tested by unplugging all of my usb devices and both my cpu usage and disk usage fell back down to 0%! i plugged my mouse back in, started moving the curser around the screen and my cpu went up to 6% and disk usage 1%! the same happened when i use my keyboard and game controller. i dont know how to fix this and i dont know why it is happening. literally whenever i type or move my mouse my computer freaks out!
    Sunday, December 28, 2014 2:02 PM
  • So it's almost been two years, but I found this thread RE this very problem today and you just solved it.

    Ever since I got a PS4, I've been using any USB source around to charge the controllers. Great right? Apparently not in this case.

    Leave an empty charging cable plugged into your Windows 10 laptop? 100% disk usage, can't even listen to music properly. Put up with this continually since Christmas and start to think my laptop is going into the toilet. Even at work, it has seemed a lot more sluggish. Guess what is at work? A laptop cooling pad, powered by USB. Guessing it is doing the same thing.

    I have hope now, thanks!
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4:44 AM