What is dlpwdnt.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the dlpwdnt.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Dlpwdnt.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dlpwdnt
Dlpwdnt.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Printer Status Watcher belongs to software Dell Status Monitor Service or Programas de la Impresora Dell by Dell (

Description: Dlpwdnt.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dlpwdnt.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 95,128 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with dlpwdnt.exe, you may also ask the software vendor,, for advice or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Dell-Druckersoftware or Dell Printer Software (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify dlpwdnt.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dlpwdnt.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dlpwdnt.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Doesn't pose any threat
It is installed with Dell Printer Software
  Chris Thorsvik  
Sometimes you will get an error message from about this program when you shut down the computer on which it is running. This seems to be because the printer it is monitoring is shared with another computer that is still on. This is not really an error. It is just indicating that the computer that is still on, cannot check the status of the printer now that you are shutting down the host computer.
  Chip Kingsbury  

Summary: Average user rating of dlpwdnt.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think dlpwdnt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving dlpwdnt issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dlpwdnt. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the dlpwdnt.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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