What is hpqgalry.exe?

The genuine hpqgalry.exe file is a software component of HP Gallery Manager by Hewlett-Packard.
"hpqgalry.exe" is imaging software made by Hewlett-Packard that was known as HP Imagezone. It has since been renamed to HP Photosmart Essential. The file runs at startup and continues to display a taskbar notification in the system tray until the application is closed. It runs software that enables image printing, editing, sharing, online album creation, and more. It also provides access to HP Instant Share. The software can be used on any computer whether it has an HP printer or not. Hewlett Packard was founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard with their first invention known as a radio oscillator to improve frequency handling in radios. The company has evolved into one of the world's leading technological companies, driven by electronic innovation through products like computers and printers.

HPQGalry stands for Hewlett Packard Quick Gallery

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 hpqgalry.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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Hpqgalry.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqgalry
Hpqgalry.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PhotoGallery or DocumentViewer belongs to software hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series by Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: Hpqgalry.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file hpqgalry.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 425,984 bytes (53% of all occurrences) or 520,192 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The hpqgalry.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program HP Image Zone or AVG, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to HP Image Zone or AVG in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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

part of HP printer software
Hpqgalry.exe is (possibly) associated with the Microsoft .NET Framework. I discerned this after viewing the "hpqgalry.exe.config" file in the same folder. I was instructed that the .NET Framework was needed for my HP Officejet 7210xi All-In-One to operate correctly. After noticing in Win XP Task Manager that hpqgalry.exe uses 8+ MB of memory and 15+ MB of virtual memory I renamed hpqgalry.exe to prevent it from startng at boot up. I was unable to find the startup command in the Registry.
c++ runtime error hpqgalry.exe
Non essential
Imagezone is a component of Hewlett Packard software that is installed to manage digital images. There is no evidence suggesting it is harboring or permitting virusesm worms or other cloaked code dangerous to the computer.
  Julian Boone-if ha a  
It is causing an error condition on shut down and references windows forms parking lot. I have the problem on two computers.
  Bob Vance  
A bug with HP imagezone that HP refuses to fix. Just get rid of IZ and never buy another HP all in one or printer . Might help if HP support even had a clue!
i have an Hp1315v all-in-one printer that never works proporly. hpqgalry.exe started poping up about a month after i had installed the computer and only made things worse for my computer. I don't see how i need it.
  Amber shaw  
hpqgalry.exe is a process associated with Digital Imaging Software from Hewlett-Packard.
  Matt   (further information)
It is part of the HP All In One drivers, mine is eating system cycles at 50% utilization.
part of HP Imagezone Digital Imaging Software - errors occur with installation of printer software
hpqgalry.exe is simply a process that certain Hewlett Packard printers (e.g. All-in-one series) run when you use their Image Zone. HP makes it run at startup by placing it in your startup folder. There is absolutely no need to run it & to have the Image Zone icon constantly running in your systray (old terminology). It would be as if MS Word put an icon in the systray & was running all the time, even though you weren't using it. It will come up any time you start the Image Zone & then go away when you shut Image Zone down.
  Phil Rabichow  
its annoyying. how i get that shit from popping up at startup. usually it goes away after 5 cancels, now it goes until i turn off my comp and is a primary window so i cant access my other windows, tell me how to stop it and i'll mail you my thanks, a fat blunt, and and a spicy chicken with extra chee.
printer set up
HP imaging software

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hpqgalry.exe: based on 16 votes with 16 user comments. 6 users think hpqgalry.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think hpqgalry.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade hpqgalry.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpqgalry issues

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