What is msswchx.exe?

The genuine msswchx.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
A management tool for the On-Screen keyboard in Windows, this executable only runs when the on-screen keyboard is active. It enables programs to be active in the foreground while still maintaining the on-screen keyboard below. It also manages the interaction between the on-screen keyboard and other applications.

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 msswchx.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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Msswchx.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msswchx
Msswchx.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as msswchx belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Msswchx.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Msswchx.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 6,656 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

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

it's part of the "On-Screen Keyboard" utility.
Microsoft On-Screen Keyboard program
  James Small   (further information)
msswchx.exe is the on-screen keyboard for windows.
  Lord Austin  
Osk.exe is the on-screen keyboard ;)
part of On-Screen Keyboard (osk.exe)
It is an exe activated by ms-on-screen-keyboard, it keeps running while the on-screen-keyboard runs, to keep it not activated while clicking on top of other programs, it also keeps it on-top of other windows, if you are developer you would understand better if I say the main exe of onscreen keyboard is delegating the background action the secondary exe, that uses "send messages" system. the reason for all the fuss is that msswchx is poorly signed and described.
It can block COM ports on some PCs
  Daniel V  
when you run ON-Screen Keyboard, msswchx.exe appear in Task Manager and when you close OSK, this file either have to close. but if you click "End Process" for close msswchx.exe, ON-Screen Keyboard will work properly.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msswchx.exe: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users think msswchx.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think msswchx.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msswchx issues

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