What is sdclt.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 sdclt.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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Sdclt.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sdclt
Sdclt.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft® Windows Backup belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original sdclt.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Sdclt.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,169,408 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 1,131,008 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. Sdclt.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. It 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 disguises itself as sdclt.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sdclt.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

Microsoft Vista backup program
this is Windows Vista Backup and Restore Manager
  Derek P.   (further information)
que c'est un fichier de sauvegarde
It caused a Error: (login): 0x10e0 The operator or administrator
  Anthony Gill  
A program in a Mac's dock called "Time Machine"
This is MS Vista backup program
Windows vista and 7 backup utility.
standard file that is used for Windows 7 backup and vista backup
Windows 7 builtin backup program
This program reed everyting you write. Info from Trusteer : Dec 25 2012 22:14 sdclt.exe is permanently blocked from capturing sensitive data.
sdclt is a useful software to create backup of the system and your data
It's the system process name for Windows Backup and Restore; if you go to system32 you will see sdclt in the list of files. Don't remove it!
it wont let me back up files and it says an error
  grand mat  

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Summary: Average user rating of sdclt.exe: based on 17 votes with 13 user comments. 12 users think sdclt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade sdclt.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sdclt issues

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