What is w32mkde.exe?

The genuine w32mkde.exe file is a software component of Btrieve for Windows NT/Windows by Pervasive Software.
The Windows 32 bit version of the Btrieve translational database engine, this process runs in the background to service any application that requires usage of data stored in the Btrieve database. Btrieve supports system and user transactions, and is not a relational database management system such as MySQL. Maintained the longest by Pervasive Software, Btrieve is now owned and maintained by Actian Corporation.

W32MKDE stands for Windows 32 bit MicroKernel Database Edition

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 w32mkde.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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W32mkde.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with w32mkde
W32mkde.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as MKDE Workstation Edition or MKDE Workstation Edition (Developer Kit) belongs to software Btrieve for Windows NT/Windows (version 95) by Pervasive Software (

Description: W32mkde.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. W32mkde.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 320,512 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The w32mkde.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the software TAIFUN Handwerk using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify w32mkde.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as w32mkde.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the w32mkde.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

Commonly used by Peachtree Accounting, However it is simply a database like SQL so could be used for good or bad.
  Darrin Clay  
Database File neede for Pervasive SQL e.g. Lexware or Werbas Software
Seems to be part of Neo Pro email program.
seems to be used be lexware accounting software
Part of Exchequer Accounting software
installed as part of Brother's Keeper genealogy package
  Ian   (further information)
It's Btrieve, used by Peachtree Accounting (at least)
  Charles G.  
On my system it's linked directly to the Neo Pro email organiser. Neo Pro occasionally seems to lock up and Windows Task Manager shows w32mkde.exe hogging the CPU. Ending Neo Pro also stops w32mkde.exe and the system returns to normal.
  Andrew West  
On my system, it is part of Creative Solutions File Cabinet
Part of Cristal Reports (found w32mkde.exe when it gave errors running Crystal Reports)
  P.J. Hanse / SMAHANSP   (further information)
It's a btrieve database manager, part of an installed software.
Part of ComTest - Driver license software
  Philip   (further information)
is also used by FaxStar
Also used by Nelson Email Organizer (NEO)
Btrrieve, used by earlier versions of Lytec Medical
this exe file is Also used by DacEasy Accounting version 9 for Windows
  Jack Djan  
Harmless - Associated with NEO (Nelson Email Organizer)
It is part of the financial software Pyramid as well
Gives me problems during import of Primaver version 3 project into Primavera version 6 running on Vista 64bit.
  Soren Krebs  
Used by easyACCOUNTING
  Bill   (further information)
Btrieve, database engine for some applications

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of w32mkde.exe: based on 26 votes with 21 user comments. 15 users think w32mkde.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving w32mkde issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with w32mkde. 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 w32mkde.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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