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dwm.exe – Problem and Solution

What is dwm.exe

dwm means Desktop Window Manager. dwm.exe is from Microsoft Corporation and belongs to Microsoft Windows Operating System.

.exe is a file extention.exe means executable file. We do not need a program to open it. It is built into our PC (With Microsoft Windows Operating System). .exe file can directly communicate with a virus and usually they contain viruses.

Path of dwm.exe

The common path of the file in your system is — C:WindowsSystem32dwm.exe


Microsoft Windows Operating System (Such as– Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, Windows 7).


Utility of dwm.exe

Dwm.exe is responsible for graphical effects (Such as 3D effects, live windows preview, windows transparencies or glass look) in Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. The Aero interface in certain computers can be quite taxing on the performance of the system with Windows Vista.

So we can increase the performance switching it off or reducing the screen resolution.Dwm.exe is a system in built process and it is needed for our Windows system to work properly. Dwm.exe should not be removed from the system.

As it is a system process so it also should not stopped. This is one of the required processes to work Windows properly.

Way to Disable the dwm.exe

To disable the dwm.exe follow the following steps though it is not preferable:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Search with “services” and double click the services link.
  3. In the services window first locate “Desktop Windows Manager” and double click “Desktop Windows Manager”.
  4. In the “Desktop Windows Manager” window click “stop” to disable the service. If we want to never Startup the process then we have to change Startup type from “Automatic” to “Disable”.

This process is considered to be CPU intensive and without proper management it can manipulate the system resources and it can slow it down. To protect our system from CPU manipulation we can use SpeedUpMyPC.

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