What is IAStorIconLaunch.exe?

The genuine IAStorIconLaunch.exe file is a software component of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RST) by Intel Corporation.
Using the local run registry setting to execute automatically when a user logs into Windows, “IAStorIconLaunch.exe” actually delays the Windows OS startup for about 30 seconds, before viruses or malware can access system files, allowing use of Intel® Rapid Recovery Technology (RRT), a feature of Intel® Rapid Storage Technologyto restore the hard disk from the “recovery partition,” if the OEM established one, maintained using “RAID 1” mirroring and normally invisible from the user. The first process launched after this delay is “IAStorIcon.exe,” which causes the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology icon to appear, but the real purpose of “IAStorIconLaunch.exe” is to delay Windows. This Windows service can be disabled via “msconfig” but that means there is no delay allowing recovery. If a user reformats the hard disk this will destroy the hidden recovery partition and cripple the RST firmware, making the computer unusable.

IAStorIconLaunch stands for Intel® Array Storage Technology Icon Delayed Launch

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 IAStorIconLaunch.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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IAStorIconLaunch.exe file information

The process known as Delayed launcher belongs to software Intel® Rapid Storage Technology or Delayed launcher by Intel (

Description: IAStorIconLaunch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The IAStorIconLaunch.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 56,128 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 56,088 bytes, 36,352 bytes, 56,720 bytes or 71,168 bytes. 
The IAStorIconLaunch.exe file is not a Windows core file. IAStorIconLaunch.exe is a Verisign signed file. IAStorIconLaunch.exe is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with IAStorIconLaunch.exe, you may also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology or Intel(R) Rapid Storage (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify IAStorIconLaunch.exe related errors

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

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