What is HPWuSchd.exe?

The genuine HPWuSchd.exe file is a software component of HP Printers and Scanners by Hewlett-Packard.
HP Printers and Scanners create representations of graphics or text on physical media, and scan physical images or text and convert them into digital representations. HPWuSchd.exe is a file that is installed alongside printers, scanners or multifunctional hardware manufactured by HP. This process updates software and drivers for the installed printer or scanner. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Hewlett-Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, two Stanford graduates in electrical engineering, in 1939. It started out in Packard's Garage in Palo Alto, California. For the major part of the 20th century, the company focused on a wide range of electronic products but slowly grew out into producing computing-specific hardware from the 1970s onwards. Today, it provides hardware, software and services to consumers and various types of businesses and large corporations. Hewlett-Packard is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA.

HPWUSchd stands for HP Windows Update Scheduler

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 HPWuSchd.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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HPWuSchd.exe file information

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

The process known as HP Software Update belongs to software HP Software or Hewlett-Packard hpwuSchd by Hewlett-Packard (

Description: HPWuSchd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. HPWuSchd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (mostly C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 49,152 bytes. 
The HPWuSchd.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. There is no information about the author of the file. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with HPWuSchd.exe, you can do the following:

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

HP Printer Scheduler.
  Oliver Dutta  
HP Printer Scheduler
  Georg   (further information)
We received an update from Hewlett Packard on our other computer (Compac) and downloaded it. What a mistake!!! The browser hardly moves and now I can't get any website to load, it comes up timed out! I did a virues scan and apparently it found adware *MultiDropper-DU* with the download.
updates some HP Sofware (eg. HP Printer)
I had something similar happen to me as Diane. I (ahem) upgraded to a newer HP driver for my OfficeJet, and now when I try to change the print Properties (e.g., change paper size or switch between B&W and color), the system hangs. If I do this when not connected to a LAN/WAN, I can access this with no problem. I think this HPWuSchd.exe is the culprit, or whatever is loading this file is. The HP tech was no help to me at all...he just sent me a link to show how to install a network printer (!!!).
This is a valid program but it is not required to run on startup.
constantly dicks the hard drive & network -- prevents laptop drive shutdown thereby hogging power. Apparently related to HP 4215 printer drivers. not required for function of printer. EXE file has some other name.
  stevie B  
Required scheduler for HP printers to keep updates for best possible driver configurations
Right click the process and go to the root folder. Running "config.htm" will open a page with updating settings. Check never and be done with it.
installshield update service
Typical useless clutter
The HP printer drivers, particularly the update features, are incredibly annoying. They interrupt the user with pointless crashes and Windows 7 security/update requests and I suspect significantly slow boot and shutdown. Despite years of persistent crashes and nonsense, no useful updates from HP have come through. I'm removing it.
hpweschd.exe repeatedly caused blue screen crashes until I went to msconfig and eliminated it from the startup options. Trial and error in the startups helped me find this culprit.
  Alan B  
HP Printers Updates
Harmless utility to periodically check for updates to installed HP software. If you have an older printer (~ 4 years old) that's running fine AND you haven't added any new HP software, it's likely that this utility has outlived its usefulness. At a minimum, you can turn off automatic loading upon Windows startup, or uninstall HP Update or manually remove the programwithut harm to your system. As for other users' comments on malware being embedded, their problem most likely came from downloading an alleged "HP Update" from a 3rd party site (not Check out the link below - this is the genuine HP software/firmware URL.
  John   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HPWuSchd.exe: based on 22 votes with 15 user comments. 8 users think HPWuSchd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HPWuSchd issues

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