What is launch32.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 launch32.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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Launch32.exe file information

The process known as Systems Management Server belongs to software Systems Management Server by Microsoft (

Description: Launch32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Launch32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (usually C:\Windows\ms\sms\core\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 74,608 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 73,584 bytes or 86,016 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The launch32.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as launch32.exe. Therefore, you should check the launch32.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

its a Virus dont install:Kills you computer
There may be more than one. It is a key component of MAS 90 software.

Summary: Average user rating of launch32.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving launch32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with launch32. 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 launch32.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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