What is Remind_XP.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 Remind_XP.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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Remind_XP.exe file information

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

The process known as Application Remind_XP or Reminder_XP or Application MFC Reminder_XP belongs to software Application Remind_XP or Application Reminder_XP or Recovery Software Suite Gateway or Recovery Software Suite or Recovery Software Suite eMachines by SoftThinks (

Description: Remind_XP.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Remind_XP.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (generally C:\Windows\Creator\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 663,552 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 966,656 bytes and 12 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Remind_XP.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using Remind_XP.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSoftThinks CD Creator CD/DVD or Compaq Recovery CD/DVD Creator
  2) go to the support area [1][2] of the Softthinks website
  3) search for an update [1][2] on the vendor’s website.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

  Brian   (further information)
Remind_XP.exe is a process belonging to the SoftThinks CD Creator CD/DVD Writer amd serves as a reminder to register for full product support. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference Note: Remind_XP.exe is also a process which is registered as a Trojan.Win32.FTP. This Trojan allows attackers to access your computer, stealing passwords and personal data. It is a registered security risk and should be removed immediately
Another waste of CPU and RAM that just anoys you
Remind_XP.exe is installed on my new Compaq Presario and launches as "Compaq Recovery CD/DVD Creator v. 6.0D2.61 (c) 200-2004 SoftThinks. I created the recovery discs however the Application Error messeges still appear at launch. I'm calling HP to find out if the discs were created properly and the application should have self-terminated.
  Tom Dworzak  
could be dangerous not necessary or very helpful so why take a risk delete it
It belongs to the file cdcreator.exe
Remind_XP's purpose is to remind you to take a CD/DVD recovery backup of your PC. It's purpose is NOT to remind you to register for full product (although it does do that). It doesn't do any harm, but if you know what you're doing it's also completely unnecessary

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Remind_XP.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 4 users think Remind_XP.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks Remind_XP.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Remind_XP issues

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