What is igdkmd32?

The genuine igdkmd32.sys file is a software component of Intel Graphics Accelerator Drivers for Windows by Intel Corporation.
Intel provides this Kernel Mode Graphics Driver on an OEM basis to laptop manufacturers for 32-bit Windows computers using Intel graphics chipsets; it resides in "C:\Windows\system32\drivers\". It can be started or stopped from the Control Panel under "Services" and some programs can also do so. When it is necessary to update or reinstall "igdkmd32.sys" or any other driver, Intel always recommends that users get driver files from the manufacturer of their machine because Intel download websites only supply generic versions which may lack customizations added by the manufacturer. Intel Corporation is multinational, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, USA, and founded in 1968, the world's largest and highest-valued semiconductor manufacturer. Recognizing their influence on global technology and economies, they advertise a commitment to diversity, ecological sustainability, and education.

IGDKMd32 stands for Intel Graphics Driver Kernel Mode 32-bit

Igdkmd32.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if igdkmd32.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Igdkmd32.sys file information

The process known as Intel Graphics Kernel Mode Driver or igfx or ialm belongs to software Intel Graphics Accelerator Drivers for Windows Vista or Intel Graphics Accelerator Drivers for Windows (version 7(R)) by Intel (

Description: Igdkmd32.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Igdkmd32.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,805,120 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 2,302,976 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The igdkmd32.sys file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify igdkmd32.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as igdkmd32.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the igdkmd32.sys 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.


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Summary: Average user rating of igdkmd32.sys: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks igdkmd32.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving igdkmd32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with igdkmd32. 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 igdkmd32.sys 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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