What is wiaacmgr.exe?

The genuine wiaacmgr.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
A background process preinstalled with Windows, wiaacmgr.exe detects when a media device such as a camera or digital recorder is plugged into a USB slot. The manager GUI is activated, and all media is presented to the user in thumbnail format. Through this interface, all available pictures and video can then be automatically acquired from the device. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

WiAAcMgr stands for Windows Automatic Picture Acquisition Manager

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 wiaacmgr.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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Wiaacmgr.exe file information

The process known as Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original wiaacmgr.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The wiaacmgr.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 433,664 bytes. 
Wiaacmgr.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The wiaacmgr.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If wiaacmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 2% dangerous. The file size is 85,504 bytes. The file is a Windows system file. Wiaacmgr.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible.

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

keeps snapping pictures
I think/suspect it creates havoc preventing me from using or installing scanner software.
wizard for download pictures to your computer
  Fabio Pinheiro  
i came across wiaacmgr by accident-all of a sudden my webcam didn't work anymore on MSN-a window popped up saying webcam is used by wiaacmgr???still trying to figure out how to get rid of wiaacmgr and get the webcam working again

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Summary: Average user rating of wiaacmgr.exe: based on 8 votes with 4 user comments. 6 users think wiaacmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users don't grade wiaacmgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wiaacmgr issues

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