What is LightScribeControlPanel.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 LightScribeControlPanel.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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LightScribeControlPanel.exe file information

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

The process known as LightScribe System Software (version,,,, belongs to software LightScribe System Software or LightScribe by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or

Description: LightScribeControlPanel.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. LightScribeControlPanel.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,363,392 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 2,736,128 bytes and 7 more variants. 
There is no file information. The LightScribeControlPanel.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Lightscribe provides update information ( You could uninstall LightScribe System Software or LightScribe from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify LightScribeControlPanel.exe related errors

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

It's a NERO addon for laser scribe on cd
  Olliweb   (further information)
zum Beschriften von CDs/DVDs mit HP LightScribe, daher im Autostart eher sinnlos
LightScribeControlPanel.exe is the LightScribe Control Panel developed by Hewlett-Packard Company, used to change settings in LightScribe.
removing the progam
  Micaela Maciel  
it came with my new Samsung external DVD-writer
  David Bakker  
Diese Datei ist ungefährlich. Das ist ein Diagnoseprogramm für Ligthscribe Laufwerke und Lightscribe-Medien. Es wird geprüft, ob das Laufwerk mit entsprechenden Treibern für einen Beschriftungsvorgang bereit ist bzw. das eingelegte Medium für eine Beschriftung geeignet ist. Bei einem Lightscribe-Rohling wird die Datenseite wie mit jedem anderen Brenner gebrannt und später die andere Seite des Rohlings mit entsprechender Software "etikettiert". Das kann für ein Etikett bis zu 20 min dauern. Im Autostart nicht erforderlich, da man das Programm nur bei Bedarf aufruft. Februar 2015
  Detlef Gürtler  

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Summary: Average user rating of LightScribeControlPanel.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think LightScribeControlPanel.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks LightScribeControlPanel.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving LightScribeControlPanel issues

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