What is MCPCore.dll?

MCPCore.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if MCPCore.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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MCPCore.dll file information

The process known as Stardock MCP API Dll belongs to software MCPClient Module or DesktopX Professional by Stardock (

Description: MCPCore.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MCPCore.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\Common Files\Stardock\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,016 bytes (73% of all occurrences) or 98,304 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad). It is not a Windows system file. MCPCore.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with MCPCore.dll occur, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of DesktopX Professional or ObjectBar (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify MCPCore.dll related errors

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

Stardock MCP API Dll Stardock MCPClient Module
  jonahhex   (further information)
desktopx component.? But why is it loaded if dektopx is disabled(not started)?; and themes in general also.
it does not access the internet...
  Drew Remo  
DesktopX from Stardock. A Customization program that changes the Windows, Desktop, Taskbar, and Start Menu. May Freeze and may use the CPU constantly!
  Toboe10   (further information)
cannot remove it from my system. Uninstalled Stardock, renamed the SDMCP.exe file, still MCPcore.dll loads.

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Summary: Average user rating of MCPCore.dll: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think MCPCore.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving MCPCore issues

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