What is dpmw32.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 dpmw32.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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Dpmw32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dpmw32
Dpmw32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NDPS RPM & Notification Listener belongs to software NDPS RPM & Notification Listener by Novell (

Description: Dpmw32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dpmw32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,859 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 28,672 bytes. 
Dpmw32.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Dpmw32.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dpmw32.exe. Therefore, you should check the dpmw32.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

Novell's printing methodology before iPrint that many Novell shops still have in some production since iPrint didn't reproduce all NDPS's functionality until recently in OES2
  Andy Konecny  
service pack 2 attempts to block this, but as an environment that uses novell and windows it is a necessary system.
DPMW32.EXE is what allows Novell NDPS printers to be deployed to your workstation automatically from a centrally managed location. The technology makes printer management, from an administrators perspective, easy. For end users, you automatically receive the printers that are assigned to you. No hassles or manual installs. Remove this and your printers will stop working.
  Marvin Huffaker, Novell Master CNE   (further information)
Corporate environment -- needed for NDPS
Soft fussy bunnies - nothing to be afraid of
constantly makes our Win98se workstations hang. Wish the "powers that be" would approve XP for our agency already
This is NOT used to trace where students go, it is a print service nothing more.
Novell Distributed Print Servce, not harmful at all
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of dpmw32.exe: based on 41 votes with 9 reviews. 34 users think dpmw32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks dpmw32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade dpmw32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving dpmw32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dpmw32. 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 dpmw32.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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