What is SetupX.exe?

The genuine SetupX.exe file is a software component of Nero Burning ROM by Nero.
SetupX.exe is an executable file that runs the installer for Nero Burning ROM, a suite that bundles software programs meant for burning data onto optical discs, digital file management, media editing, file compression and archiving, as well as streaming content over the Internet. This is a critical component for Nero Burning ROM and should not be directly removed. Nero Burning ROM is a utility program created for the Windows platform, originally for authoring optical discs such as CDs and DVDs. The first version was released in 1997 and has been released through ten new versions ever since. Different versions of the software such as Nero Burning ROM Lite were released as cheaper alternatives with limited functionality and features. Nero Express was targeted at entry-level audiences. It showcased a friendlier interface making it much easier to use. 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.

Setupx stands for Nero Burning ROM Setup Executable

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 SetupX.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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SetupX.exe file information

The process known as MSI starter or Nero Installer belongs to software Nero Installer by Nero AG (

Description: SetupX.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SetupX.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,475,304 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,912,832 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. SetupX.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify SetupX.exe related errors

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

setupx.exe is a part of Nero MultiInstaller from Nero AG

Summary: Average user rating of SetupX.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think SetupX.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving SetupX issues

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