What is XBoxStat.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 XBoxStat.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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XBoxStat.exe file information

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

The process known as XBoxStat.exe belongs to software Microsoft Xbox (version 360 Accessories) by Microsoft (

Description: XBoxStat.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. XBoxStat.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 825,184 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 734,264 bytes and 4 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. XBoxStat.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could also visit the website or remove the entire program Xbox 360 Accessories or Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify XBoxStat.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as XBoxStat.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the XBoxStat.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

part of the driver for you xbox controller run process inn the back ground nothing to worry about
Utility that enables management of the Xbox 360 wireless gaming pad on PCs
  Eric Johansen   (further information)
Sollte nur auf dem Rechner vorhanden sein, wenn ein Xbox360 Controller (for Windows) verwendet wird. Datei kann aus dem Autostart entfernt werden, da sie nicht notwenig ist.
required for using wired xbox360 controller
  planting42   (further information)
This process is using ~50% of my Core 2 @ 2.66 GHz CPU just because it's running. Really annoying, and nothing really happens if i close it in Task Manager. By the way, it just uses about 1,5-2 MBs of RAM.
Needed if your going to be using a 360 wired/wireless controller, harmless, I have Norton 360 v4 and nothing get's detected
Its for an xbox controller
It's running on my machine and I don't use Xbox or even have one.
  Charles W. Shults III  
It has to be a virus because i can close it in taskmanager when it uses 99 % of my cpu and i can still use my controller fine. And since I got that file in my computer the x button on the controller doesent work anymore.
Not required for Wireless controller to work
Since installing the drivers and the utility to run that wired xbox controller I've had a pc bsod about 3 times which it hasn't done in 3 years, this utility definately causes issues with winXP professional
needed for xbox 360 controller
Installed with.. Wireless xbox controller driver,so you can use xbox controller on your pc.
Its a process used for a 360 controller.
  Thomas Kindlon  
It runs in the background, and allows you to use alot of wireless xbox adapters, And on my pc(windows 7 ultimate) it only uses 2,000K ram.
Its for Xbox accessory. Nothing to worry about.
  Qayum Sharudin   (further information)
Xboxstat.exe comes with the Xbox 360 controller drivers from Microsoft (used as a driver for playstation controllers on PC as well). The program is called Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessorie, and is visible if you click the Xbox button or the PS button. The program is more or less useless and have the following features: Display help file, check for updates, notify or not notify when device connection is lost. The program (xboxstat.exe) is NOT needed to make the controller work (wired or wireless). It's a harmless program for most people and uses just 4MB of memory, but on some systems it can use a lot of CPU and cause blue screens. You can "remove" the program (make it not start when Windows start) by doing the following: 1. Go to the start menu 2. Type in msconfig and push enter 3. Select the "Startup" tab 4. Find "Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories" and uncheck it. 5. Click ok and exit If you're too lazy to reboot, go to task manager and kill xboxstat.exe manually. Enjoy!
it's for using an xbox 360 controller for pc games.
Uses about 25% of my i5-4570k. It's got enough of a load that I can hear my fans spinning up just sitting at desktop. Ending the task drops my CPU usage back down to the normal 0-1% range. Xbox One controller still seems like it works fine without it.
Shutting this process down does not effect the usability of a wired xbox360 controller and as Bob noted, it's not needed for wireless controller to work either. Therefore, it is NOT needed for xbox360 controller to function. The name 'xboxStat' implies that this process is somehow used by Microsoft for gathering statistics.
  Darius   (further information)
Can still use both wireless and wired controller after I disable this. Uses 20-50% of my i5 and kills games like Dayz, Dragon Age. Disable this crap.
It's part of the XBox360 PC accessories package - but the only time you need it is when you are pairing a controller with the PC receiver. Once the controller is paired (or if you are using the wired controller) you can disable it and everything still works fine.
  Pete Bell  
I got tihs program when i put in an XBOX Dvd thing in order for teh controller to work. However i do think that it is an easy gateway for viruses.
  Brandon Disney  
Part of the driver for an Xbox controller.
    (further information)
Is not needed,can cause problems and uses a lot of system resources uninstall the Microsoft accessory app and install only the driver portion of file
Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT required for your controller to work at all. In fact it serves no purpose for the owner. It's function is to get information from the user and send it to microsoft. Absolutely pointless and can be memory heavy.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of XBoxStat.exe: based on 36 votes with 26 user comments. 10 users think XBoxStat.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 17 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks XBoxStat.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving XBoxStat issues

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