What is msoobe.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 msoobe.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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Msoobe.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Out of Box Experience belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: The original msoobe.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The msoobe.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,160 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 29,184 bytes. 
It is a Windows system file. The program has a visible window. Msoobe.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Activates Windows XP.
is for authentication
i deleted it and i cant activate windows
It just gives status of windows (whether activated or not)
I had trouble activating windows after a blown motherboard needed replace, msoobe couldn't find a network connection, so I had to set my Norton Firewall to 'Allow' upon doing so, it activated a treat
When you run msoobe.exe and you are already finished running the Windows Setup Wizard, msoobe.exe returns Windows to factory defaults, and then re-runs the Windows Setup Wizard over the Windows logon screen background wallpaper. Also, when you just installed Windows, this is the first application that runs, which just shows the Windows Setup Wizard over the Windows logon screen background.
it's a program to activate Windows.
it opens windows vista setup
If you open program,you will either have to hit power button or find a way to exit

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msoobe.exe: based on 14 votes with 9 user comments. 9 users think msoobe.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msoobe issues

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