What is NMFirstStart.exe?

The genuine NMFirstStart.exe file is a software component of Nero Scout by Nero.
NMFirstStart.exe is an executable file that is part of Nero Scout, an indexing service that catalogues media files on the system. This is a critical component for Nero Scout and should not be directly removed. Nero Scout comes bundled with the Nero Suite. The program keeps a record of media files such as photos, videos and music files, making them faster to search. The indexing service has been known to slow down computers and many users choose to disable Nero Scout entirely. In the newer version of Windows, Microsoft has done away with indexing altogether making this program obsolete. Nero is a German software developer best known for their flagship disc burning software program, the Nero Suite. Richard Lesser founded the company in 1995 as Ahead Software GmbH but the company changed their name to Nero in 2005. Nero became quite popular after many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) decided to bundle the suite with their hardware products. Nero is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany.

NMFirstStart stands for Nero Media First Start

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 NMFirstStart.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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NMFirstStart.exe file information

The process known as Nero Home belongs to software Nero 8 Ultra Edition HD or Nero 7 Demo or Nero 8 by Nero AG (

Description: NMFirstStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The NMFirstStart.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 19,752 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 10,752 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. NMFirstStart.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Nero 7 Demo or Nero 8 Ultra Edition HD occur, you can also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify NMFirstStart.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving NMFirstStart issues

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