What is DVDTray.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 DVDTray.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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DVDTray.exe file information

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

The process known as HP DVD Tray belongs to software unknown by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: DVDTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DVDTray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 65,536 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes or 57,344 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The DVDTray.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Used by HP CD Burners to check for driver firmware updates. I know this because it keeps telling me to update the firmware for my new drive, with which I already updated the firmware for. Seems to be a bug - I'm going to remove it I think.
  Eric DeBrosse  
This file is not harmless, i got it right after installing my hp dvd burner with its software. I'm guessing you only need it if you are going to burn cd's.
  Jay Jay  

Summary: Average user rating of DVDTray.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks DVDTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving DVDTray issues

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