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Intel XTU and Microsoft Windows WSL2 are incompatible. Please help!


The title describes the issue well. Intel XTU won't start, and gives me the error message that it can't start because there's currently running performance tuning software.


This took some time to figure out, as there's not much information on it right now, although this seems to be a problem for over a year now. Heck, I've been looking for a solution for at least 6 months.

Uninstalling WSL2 makes XTU function, but as I need WSL2, uninstalling it really isn't an option.


Without running this through a debugger, it appears that WSL2 is doing something very similar to XTU to access the low level stuff, and XTU is unwilling to share. As I can still tweak some CPU related parameters via the really godsaweful and outdated ASrock utility, it seems that the XTU is at fault. (note: with WSL2 installed, XTU won't start, regardless if the ASrock tool is installed or not. In fact, this problem began well before I installed the ASrock utility.)

At one point, before a lot of updates, XTU was working well with the original WSL, but the original WSL isn't around anymore.

Please fix this. I'll do anything I can to help. Uninstalling WSL2 is not a workaround, and I can't regularly use ASrock's utility as it's a giant security hole.

Thank you for your help in advance

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Hello ElfGrrl,

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Hello ElfGrrl,


Were you able to check the previous post?  


Please let me know if you need further assistance.  


Best regards,


Victor G. 

Intel Technical Support Technician



Hello ElfGrrl, 

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Victor G.  

Intel Technical Support Technician  


Hi, I'm having the same issue.
I was wondering if you managed to resolve the issue at the end?