What is Microsoft.Photos.exe?

The genuine Microsoft.Photos.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Photos by Microsoft.
Microsoft Photos is a basic image manipulation and browsing software. Microsoft.Photos.exe is launches Microsoft Photos. It is a genuine process.

Microsoft Photos is a video clip editor, photo sharing app and image viewer that is included with the Windows 8 and 10 operating systems. This utility can also be used to upload photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and OneDrive, and allows users to organize their digital photo collection in gallery view. Microsoft Photos provides basic graphic editing functions such as red-eye reduction, cropping, resizing and blemish removal. The software can display all pictures in a particular folder or individual pictures and reorient them in 90° increments.

Founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates in 1975, the Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology giant that is known for its Windows lineup of operating systems, Xbox gaming consoles, Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers, and Microsoft Surface tablets. The company was regarded as the world's most valuable companies and largest software maker by revenue in 2016. It is currently headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA.

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 Microsoft.Photos.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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Microsoft.Photos.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Photos belongs to software Microsoft Photos or Photos by Microsoft (

Description: Microsoft.Photos.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Microsoft.Photos.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_16.722.10060.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 17,408 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 19,456 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The Windows 10 program Microsoft Windows Photos can be found in the Microsoft Windows Store
Microsoft.Photos.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software has no file description. Microsoft.Photos.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Microsoft provides a support site for assistance, and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Microsoft Photos or Microsoft Fotos).

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

Bei mir, Windows 10, wird anscheinend immer auf den USB-Port zugegriffen, schaltet ihn ab und meine Tastatur, extrene Laufwerke und alles andere angeschlossene funktioniert nicht. Solange bis ich alles vom USB-Port gelöst habe und wieder neu verbinde.
Die Original Microsoft.Photos.exe von Microsoft läuft im Systemkonto.
Win 10 - I never use it, but task manager app history shows it uses a lot of cpu/net. Cannot remove it completely!
My copy of the 19,456 byte file is v.2017.37071.16410.0 (9/29/2017). It is in a sub-directory of c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\ . It shows up at times in the Resource Monitor for no apparent reason. Wish I knew what it does...
Frisst periodisch Rechenzeit bis 20% und greift exzessive auf die Festplatte zu und das Internet. Lastet I/O periodisch gut aus. Das Ding muss weg. Ich bestemme selbst wann ich welches Photos WO hochlade. Sicher nicht zur MS. Die meisten Anzeigen beim BKA gehen aufgrund eines Abkommens inzwischen übrigens von MS ein, die sich verpflichteten OneDrive-Inhalte zu prüfen. Wird mit den Photos nicht anders sein

Summary: Average user rating of Microsoft.Photos.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks Microsoft.Photos.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks Microsoft.Photos.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Microsoft issues

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