What is HPConfig.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 HPConfig.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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HPConfig.exe file information

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

The process known as HPConfig Module or HPConfig Service belongs to software HPConfig Module or HP Configuration Interface Service or HP Configuration Interface by Hewlett-Packard (

Description: HPConfig.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPConfig.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 151,552 bytes (95% of all occurrences) or 159,744 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The HPConfig.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. HPConfig.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as HPConfig.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HPConfig.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

HP system utility
  Florian Rodary  
If it isn't running, plugging in or removing the power cord from my ze5170 ends up in a blue screen of death
Installed with Hewlett Packard Computers
System datei für hilfsprogramm
  volker   (further information)
HP misc utility (HP battery optimizer)

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Summary: Average user rating of HPConfig.exe: based on 11 votes with 5 user comments. 9 users think HPConfig.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks HPConfig.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving HPConfig issues

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