What is DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe?

The genuine DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe file is a software component of Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework by Intel Corporation.
This service module starts with Windows as part of the Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework (DPTF) Driver. Invisible to the user, it provides thermal monitoring and control for the processor. Most mobile devices with Intel hardware now have DPTF-capable hardware and firmware which allows OEM design teams access to complex thermal and power use sensors and control logic. DPTF adjusts processor load and speed and cooling fan speeds to conserve battery life and ensure internal component safety and user safety and comfort. Intel has not made public whether one or multiple instances of this module occur for multi-core processors. DPTF software cannot be uninstalled through the Control Panel. It can be disabled at the BIOS level only, unless the OEM, like Dell, provides an interface to change DPTF settings. Intel Corporation, in Santa Clara, CA, USA, is the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer with a commitment to innovation.

Dptf stands for Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework

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 DptfParticipantProcessorService.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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DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DptfParticipantProcessorService
DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Processor Participant Service or Intel DPTF Processor Service belongs to software Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework or Intel Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework by Intel (

Description: DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 18,944 bytes. 
The process has no file description. It is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. The DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

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If DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 10% dangerous. The file size is 75,264 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 75,776 bytes. The DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DptfParticipantProcessorService.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.


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Best practices for resolving DptfParticipantProcessorService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DptfParticipantProcessorService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DptfParticipantProcessorService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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