What is pclepci?

The genuine pclepci.sys file is a software component of Pinnacle Studio by Pinnacle Systems GmbH.
Supported by the system file pclepci.sys, the Pinnacle Studio is a robust video editing software package. It features the ability to record, edit, and manipulate audio and video files. A library of effects are available to add to your project as well. The Pinnacle Studio can produce professional quality results from a home PC. Pinnacle was most recently acquired by Corel in 2012, but still operates as Pinnacle Systems.

Pclepci.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if pclepci.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Pclepci.sys file information

The process known as PCLEPCI belongs to software PCLEPCI by Pinnacle Systems GmbH (

Description: Pclepci.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pclepci.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 14,165 bytes (89% of all occurrences), 14,564 bytes or 14,133 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The pclepci.sys file is not a Windows system file. pclepci.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify pclepci.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as pclepci.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the pclepci.sys 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

Studio 10 Plus from Pinnacle Systems - Probably No Problem
the file refer "Pinnacle Systems GmbH"
appeared right after installation of Pinnacle software
  john b  
Pinnacle Studio 10..maybe checking for updates
Part of pinnacle studio software
Is ok. Part of pinnacle Studio 9.4

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Summary: Average user rating of pclepci.sys: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think pclepci.sys 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.

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Best practices for resolving pclepci issues

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