What is NIHardwareService.exe?

The genuine NIHardwareService.exe file is a software component of Maschine by Native Instruments.
The driver interface that manages communication between your computer and Native Instruments product, this application is required when using Maschine software. Maschine is a media production studio that includes an audio mixer, arranger, effects generator, and more. Without NIHardwareService, your Native Instruments hardware will not function properly. This application is known to take up large amounts of system resources. Founded in 1996 in Germany, Native Instruments produces both hardware and software for disc jockeys.

NIHardwareService stands for Native Instruments Hardware Service

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 NIHardwareService.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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NIHardwareService.exe file information

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

The process known as NIHardwareService belongs to software Native Instruments NIHardwareService or Native Instruments Hardware Controller Support by Native Instruments GmbH (

Description: NIHardwareService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. NIHardwareService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,576,320 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 5,352,960 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The NIHardwareService.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with NIHardwareService.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Native Instruments Controller or Visual C++ Redistributables (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify NIHardwareService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NIHardwareService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NIHardwareService.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 service for managing Native Instruments Controller hardware.
  Nameless   (further information)
Guitar Rig and other Native Instr. software
NIHardwareService.exe is a necessary component to any musician who is running Native Instruments products. It does not cause problems with the operating system.
  Ironman2819   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of NIHardwareService.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks NIHardwareService.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.

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Best practices for resolving NIHardwareService issues

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