What is drvinst.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 drvinst.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.

Click to Run a Free Scan for drvinst.exe related errors

Drvinst.exe file information

The process known as Driver Installation Module belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or HighPoint RAID Management Software by Microsoft (

Description: Drvinst.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Drvinst.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 94,208 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 131,072 bytes, 1,019,904 bytes or 1,024,000 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. 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. Drvinst.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with drvinst.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HighPoint RAID Management Software (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify drvinst.exe related errors

If drvinst.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 252,928 bytes. Drvinst.exe is a Windows core system file. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window.

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

Highpoint Raid
Confirmed as Highpoint 1640 RAID software.
Used by Highpoint RAID Management Service
drvInst.exe is a maintenance and management application for many High-Point RAID cards. It is responsible for rebuilding and raid verification.
  David Bryant  
this is used by highpoint service, I am the engineer who compiled it,
  drvinst compiler   (further information)
It is part of highpoint but is a disaster to let run takes 100% cycle time Since I am only running JOBD I removed it now my drives are lightning fast.
  Don Weil  
When you try to end this task by the task manager, the confirmation window quickly shuts, disabling you from ending the process. Also, Windows keeps trying to warn you it is a virus, but the process quickly shuts that window, too, giving you only a half of a second to see it.
highpoint rocketraid card - file
every time i restart the window pops up to run it yes or no yes or no , move the selection slide still the same thing wen i restart..cant stop it .. very annoying.
My webroot secure anywhere protection just started offering to block DrvInst.exe when I start the computer. It blocks it automatically unless I intervene.
An system application for (de-)installing and reparing drivers.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of drvinst.exe: based on 14 votes with 11 user comments. 9 users think drvinst.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 2 users think drvinst.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

Do you have additional information?
What do you know about drvinst.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving drvinst issues

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

Other processes

drvinst.exe [all]