What is WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.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 WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.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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WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WinXPDisableZeroConfigation
WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Disable zero config belongs to software Belkin Wireless Utility or XpDis0Conf by XPDisable0Conf.

Description: WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\Belkin\BELKIN~1\Tool\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 32,768 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe, you can remove the entire program Belkin Wireless Utility using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe. Therefore, you should check the WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.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

Seemed to appear when I installed a Belin Wireless LAN
I have also just recently installed the Belkin Wireless LAN and like yourself this problem started on my machine. It uses 50% CPU and slows my machine down.
Its some kind of tool by belkin (producent of networkcards) I removed it and expirenced no problems at all card still worked and my pc got much faster HOW TO REMOVE: search for WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe and delete the file....
  Rick Reinders IT student Netherlands  
this file is installed with the software for wireless adapter cards and is used to force xp to use the cards software to configure the wireless network and not windows. But it uses half your cpu usage and is not really needed. after booting up i just end the process in the Windows task manager
Seems to be installed with my Belkin wireless network card software. Keep the CPU very busy, when it should be idle.
Appears when you install Belkin Wireless LAN - and uses 99% of the CPU - killing it does not seem harm the cards operation...
Its a Belkin install the following..use msconfig and disable or delete belkin and all files and reinstal.
  Nick wade  
it takes a lot of cpu usage, infact all, installed in c:\windows\prefetch and the directory for my belkin wireless card as cooperman said
used by belkin wireless network card
appeared after installing Belkin wireless lan
Belkin Wireless Utility
  Adam Hatherly  
Is a known problem with belkin, you can ask microsoft to fix it. It isn't a virus.
How can i stop it slowing my machine down. (Just installed new Belkin Wireless PC Card)
  N Fox  
The file is a direct result of installing Wireless Network PCI Cards made by Belkin.
ive renamed the file to WinXPDisableZeroConfigation999.exe for example, in task manager shut down the process and now my laptop works just as normal but without 99% of the CPU constantly being in use. Fast again!!!
  alfonzo GB  
Appeared when Belkin wireless LAN installed. File located in Belkin folder along with other LAN files. Process is using approx 50% of a 2.8Ghz CPU!!
The program showed up when I installed Belkin wireless LAN. It takes up about 99% of my cpu, dont know why.
Not needed if Windows XP's Wireless Zero Configuration service is active
  Charlie Doran  
Runs the cpu at 100%
  Rusty Shackelford  
Caused problems already outlined in this thread. Disable it.
It certainly sits in the belkin directory, its takes all of my CPU, until ended, I am in contact with Belkin over it
  N Harrild  
Takes up all cpu usage and slows my laptop down.Has to do with belink wireless network card.Ending process tree stops problem
I have the same problem (i.e. the process taking up 99% of my CPU power) after installation of a Belkin wireless adapter card. Seemed to appear on my machine when I tried to configure the belkin card with XP tool. No problem with card at all when process is killed, so reccommend killing of the process
First time its apeared, installed belkin network adaptor about 6 months ago though! Is currently using 98% of cpu time, which is not good on an FX55 as the heat produced is massive and computer shuts down!
it takes up all my CPU when i login i just exit it and it still works
i also have a belkin wireless modem i am not using it, be advised i found the process and am looking for info because its using 99 percent of my procesor
  mario u guzman  
I have just deleted the WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe - My cpu has come back to normal and there is no difference in the network connection
It showed up when i installed Belkin Wireless LAN software and it constantly ran the CPU at 100% I didn't want to delete it (just in case) so i disabled it at startup using msconfig, this way i could re-enable it if removing it caused problems. I restarted my computer and everything is the same but the CPU is now at 2%
Completely useless file
  Dan Banner  
I got this file when I installed a Belkin Wireless card and it was using ALL my CPU...I simply reomoved it, my card is still working and my laptop works definitely better!
had the same problem winxpzeroconfigation used 99% of my cpu deleting it does not effect the card in any way my still works fine
If i dont end this process, after a while my laptop just switches off without shutting down first therefor losing all work!! If you have same problem, I'd suggest deleteing it!
I disabled it and it seems to make no difference. I asked Belkin about it.
  peter Mulder  
Download Startup Inspector for windows (ITS FREE - NO SPYWARE).You can disable the item from loading.
  Jcw   (further information)
this program takes almost 100% from the cpu,you can put it in a different location, and the netwerk keeps running
It eat all process time
It's definitely for Belkin wireless cards. I've read several places that belkin's won supportsay to just disable it. Here's a thread that might help
  hippyjim   (further information)
Disable the utility in MS Startup
  MC Web   (further information)
it is found in my Belkin TOOL folder...
Loaded with my Belkin card like others - stopped in Windows task manager and CPU dropped from 100 to 11% (hoorah!) nothing damaged by terminating it, so ignore the warning.
yes it does use up a lot of cpu power but how to get rid of it and your internet will still work is....... click "start" then clcik "run" and type "msconfig" and click on the tab saying "start up" and unclick xpdisable. its so easy.
  Tris Taylor (pc world)  
go into msconfig console and disable it at start up. Fixed.
Came with a belkin card - does cause problems
Check out this url it details how to disable WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe plus other very useful info article helped me sort out this cpu hog.
  Pete Walters   (further information)
belkin wireless card software
  Dan Hall  
Take a look at this article
  guido   (further information)
It was keeping my 3 GHz Intel processor constantly at 100% usage.
WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe is a problem with the Belkin card Aka the card that i have is F5D7000uk, the easy way to get ride of it is to download the patch witch i forgot where it is to be found but the sticky way i fixed it was by going to Start Run msconfig Startup and then untick the winxpdisablezero from start up and that seems to solve the problem its an easy process, no need to go out for anti virus software. This Problem is not caused by a virus, it is a problem with the belkin wireless card driver.
Simply a tool to disable Windows XP's Zero Configuration Tool... diable it in statup it is not needed anymore! Tends to burn out CPUs!
I have just encountered the same problem it was holding my cpu at 100%, but all i had to do was delete the WinXPDisableZeroConfigation File and my wireless card still works fine hasnt affected it. Search for WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe and remove it =]

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Summary: Average user rating of WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe: based on 46 votes with 50 user comments. 9 users think WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 28 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. One user thinks WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 10 users don't grade WinXPDisableZeroConfigation.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WinXPDisableZeroConfigation issues

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

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