WPA throws error: Time inversion was detected in the trace

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I have WPA version installed. Collected a CPU usage etl and opened it on same system, it threw below error:

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  1. Hania Lian 7,711 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    The “Time Inversion was detected in the trace” error when using the Windows Performance Analyzer, it means WPA has detected inconsistencies in the time stamps of the events recorded in the trace.

    When tracing and recording event logs, every single event is timestamped to keep a chronological order of processes. If somehow an event has a timestamp that precedes a previously logged event, that forms a paradox and is seen as a “time inversion.” Hence, the trace cannot be reliably processed because the correct sequence of events can’t be established due to this inconsistency.

    We could try the steps below

    Re-record your trace: The error could be due to an anomaly when the trace was being recorded. Rerun your trace and see if the error persists.

    Update your system: Systems can have bugs which can be ironed out through regular updates. Ensure that your system is up to date.

    Or try to install the WPA from Microsoft Store to check.

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    Best Regards,

    Hania Lian


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