What is tpknrres.exe?

The genuine tpknrres.exe file is a software component of ThinkVantage Communications Utility by Lenovo Group.
"Tpknrres.exe" was the part of Lenovo's ThinkVantage Communications Utility that allows adjustment of microphone volume when making voice or video calls over the Internet, (e.g., with Skype). Lenovo offered the Communications Utility as an assistant program to adjust webcam, microphone and audio settings when using Voice over IP (VoIP) on ThinkPads and ThinkCentres using Windows 7/Vista/XP. It required HotKey Features Integration and integrated camera and audio drivers suiting the particular model. It was not offered for Windows 8 and became incompatible with Skype in 2013, probably because Microsoft acquired Skype and put native support in Win8.1. It can be uninstalled via the Control Panel under "Software" by selecting "ThinkVantage Communications Utility". Lenovo was founded in Beijing in 1984 and today is China's largest computer manufacturer.

TPKnRRes stands for ThinkPad Kommunications Utility Reset Resolutions

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 tpknrres.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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Tpknrres.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tpknrres
Tpknrres.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Communications Utility launcher or Microphone volume control module or Lenovo AVFramework Native Server belongs to software ThinkVantage Communications Utility or Lenovo Communications Utility or Lenovo Dependency Package by Lenovo Group ( or Lenovo (

Description: Tpknrres.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The tpknrres.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 60,920 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 293,672 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The tpknrres.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. Tpknrres.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ ThinkVantage Communications Utility or Lenovo Settings - Camera Audio.

Recommended: Identify tpknrres.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving tpknrres issues

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