What is MSIService.exe?

The genuine MSIService.exe file is a software component of MSI System Control Manager by MSI.
MSI System Control Manager is a utility that provides on-screen notifications when modifying system settings. MSIService.exe is the core process that belongs to the MSI System Control Manager. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems.

The MSI System Control Manager provides an event notification in the form of an on-screen graphical icon upon special keypresses and changing device settings such as toggling the Wi-Fi switch, using the volume or brightness controls, etc. This program is usually preinstalled on certain laptops and desktops manufactured by MSI. This application modifies the Windows registry and sets itself up to be launched at system startup. This may reduce system performance. The MSI System Control Manager supports the Microsoft Windows platform.

MSI (Micro-Star International Co., Ltd.) is a Taiwanese company that manufactures and distributes computer hardware such as graphics cards, motherboards, desktops, laptops, servers, etc. MSI was founded in 1986 by five former employees of Sony: Joseph Hsu, Frank Lin, Jeans Huang, Kenny Yu, and Henry Lu, with a focus on designing and manufacturing motherboards. The company currently owns offices on five continents and employs over 14,000 people with a presence in over 120 countries. MSI is currently headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

MSIService stands for MSI System Control Manager Service

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 MSIService.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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MSIService.exe file information

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

The process known as MSI SCM Service belongs to software System Control Manager or MSI SCM Service or by Micro-Star International Co. ( or Micro-Star Int'l Co. (

Description: MSIService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. MSIService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in the C:\Windows\System32 folder—common is C:\Program Files (x86)\System Control Manager\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\SCM\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 160,768 bytes (80% of all occurrences), 159,744 bytes or 160,256 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. MSIService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using MSIService.exe, you may also do the following:
  • consult's Customer Service for advice
  • uninstall the software System Control Manager or SCM using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify MSIService.exe related errors

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

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SCM hatte ich deaktiviert mit der Folge, dass die DVD-Lade nicht mehr über das "Auswurfsymbol" auf der Laptoptastatur zu öffnen war. Ich denke, einige Zusatzfeatures nicht nur des "Medion erazer" werden von SCM g
  Walther Dombret  

Summary: Average user rating of MSIService.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks MSIService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks MSIService.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving MSIService issues

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