What is tscupgrd.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 tscupgrd.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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Tscupgrd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tscupgrd
Tscupgrd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Setup Custom Action Dll belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Tscupgrd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The tscupgrd.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 44,544 bytes (95% of all occurrences), 40,960 bytes or 154,624 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Runonce). The tscupgrd.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Security Update for Microsoft occur, you can also uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as tscupgrd.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tscupgrd.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

tscupgrd.exe is a process associated with Microsoft® Windows® Operating System from Microsoft Corporation.
This is the file that upgrades the Terminal Services upon next boot from Windows Update

Summary: Average user rating of tscupgrd.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think tscupgrd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving tscupgrd issues

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