What is wtsrv.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 wtsrv.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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Wtsrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wtsrv
Wtsrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Tablet Service Driver or Wintab Service belongs to software Tablet Driver for Win2000/XP/Vista or Tablet Driver for Win2000/XP or WinTab Service by Tablet Driver ( or UC-Logic Technology.

Description: Wtsrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Wtsrv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,864 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 40,960 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Needed for my "Genius WizardPen" Pen Tablet pointing device
    (further information)
Belongs to WizardPen graphic tablet.
Needed for graphics tablets
  DJ   (further information)
Yes, I need it too for my Genius Wizard Pen
It is the Genius Digial PEN Driver
  MrouĆ© Jad  
Genius WizardPen
Genius WizardPen Driver
I need it for the Genius Pen Tablet
A part of Genius WizardPen driver installation. Needed for normal operation.
i think its for genius draw-table
This is required if you have ANY kinda graphics tablet running on your machine. it's not a virus. but if you never installed any drivers for a graphics tablet, Be alert as said. it can be a virus..
Seems to be required by my Genius PenTablet (wireless version)...
I guess it was needed by Genius planshet and for some reason wasn't properly uninstalled by their software. Intuos3 doesn't need this file.
Stupid Genius graphics tablet - Runs a bunch of other processes as well like gTabTaskbar.exe

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wtsrv.exe: based on 18 votes with 14 user comments. 12 users think wtsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving wtsrv issues

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