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What is SetConfig.exe?

SetConfig.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if SetConfig.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

SetConfig.exe file information

The process known as SetConfig Application belongs to software hp LaserJet (version 1010 Series, 1160/1320 series) by Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com).

Description: SetConfig.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SetConfig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 7/XP is 28,672 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/setconfig.exe.html 
The application can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). SetConfig.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
In case of any problems with SetConfig.exe, you can also uninstall hp LaserJet 1010 Series or hp LaserJet 1160/1320 series from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

Recommended: Identify SetConfig.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "HPLJ Config" must run at start up. Connects system to networked HP printer.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SetConfig.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SetConfig.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

I bought an HP 1010 lazer printer. Every time I booted up I got an error message, re SetConfig Application. I checked the Google Message Board and was advised to change the name of the HP Printer file from SetConfig.exe to SetConfig.xex. The HP Printer file was in fact absent .exe I added .xex and I the problem disapeared.
setconfig application is the beginning of an error message that is causing me tremendous grief. My 1 month old HP Media Center often runs very slow, then shuts down when I get this error message. If it's spyware, malware, or a virus, Both Lavasoft, Microsoft spyware, as well as Norton's can't find it. Here's the error message: "set config application has encountered a problem and needs to close.
If you go to the HP drivers download page for the laserjet 1300 there is a removal tool for this program.
  ChrisG   (further information)
i bought HP 1010 lazer printer and i do have the same problem, "SetConfig applications encountered a problem" appeared every time i open my computer... so i did what he said and after that the problem disappeared after i open my computer...
Habe auf Bewertung gehört, funktioniert. Im Druckerordner sind 2 .exe Dateien. Habe einfach die eine (bin mir nicht mehr sicher welche, war mir in dem moment aber ziemlich sicher welche es sein muss, muss sich also irgendwie auf setconfig beziehen) auf .xex umbenannt. Drucken kann ich noch und die Meldung kommt nicht mehr.
It is part of hp 1012 installation. I found it gave me an "encountered an error" at bootup. I deleted setconfig.exe and the registry entry with no loss of function locally or with the network share.
ChrisG - On the money. your link sent me to the correct palce and the removal tool worked great

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SetConfig.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments.
3 users think SetConfig.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade SetConfig.exe ("not sure about it").

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