What is hkcmd.exe? You have probably seen this process running in your task manager, so you must be wondering what it is and why it is running. hkcmd.exe comes with Intel multimedia devices and its role is to allow diagnostic options and configuration for these devices.
hkcmd.exe is not as essential process, but you should not remove or terminate it. It is often referred to as the Intel desktop hot key handler. If you enable this process, it will be easier for you to access graphic properties using key combinations. For example, pressing Ctrl+Alt+F12 will display your graphic properties. In other words, using hkcmd.exe helps you control the keyboard shortcuts.
What about hkcmd.exe Errors?
As with other files in your computer, errors are possible with this one, too. If you start getting error messages, this can mean several things. You may be missing this file, it can be damaged – or it can be corrupted. Many malicious programs use hkcmd.exe to mask themselves. They hide behind the same name, so you cannot detect them easily. However, you can see the location of the file running under the name of “hkcmd.exe” and determine whether it is a legitimate file or not.
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hkcmd.exe is usually located in C/Windows/System32. It can also be located in Program files. If you see a file named ” hkcmd.exe” running from any other location, this is probably a malicious program, so you should scan your computer for viruses. Just make sure that your antivirus is up-to-date. Don’t delete any files before you find out what they are and what they’re used for.
If you are getting error messages telling you that hkcmd.exe cannot be found, this means that you are missing this file. To solve the problem, you can reinstall the drivers for Intel Graphics. This should work!