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What is photoacq.dll?

Part of Photo Acquisition by Microsoft

(photoacq.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is photoacq.dll loaded?

Autoplay handler - photoacq.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of MSPhotoAcquireDropHandler with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPhotoAcquireDropHandler. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.
Approved shell extension - photoacq.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {00f20eb5-8fd6-4d9d-b75e-36801766c8f1} with and identifier of PhotoAcqDropTarget. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.
Photo Acquisition is loaded by:


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the photoacq.dll file.Of the 0.1% of photoacq.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is the loaded module photoacq.dll?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
                              0.00137443% CPU114.5%
Average thread CPU utilization across all loaded modules is 0.00120%.
5 context switches/sec33.3%
Average context switches for all programs is 15 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows photo viewer\photoacq.dll

Are there other versions of Photo Acquisition?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Microsoft Windows XP (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium N (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: photoacq.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Photo Acquisition
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 6.1.7600.16385
Size: 1.05 MB
Original file name: PhotoAcq.dll.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

Total CPU: 0.0013744327%
Privileged CPU: 0.0003722422%
User CPU: 0.0010021905%
CPU Cycle count /sec: 373,834
Context switches /sec: 5
Module memory size: 1.07 MB

Autoplay handler details

Name: MSPlayDVDMovieOnArrival
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPlayDVDMovieOnArrival

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {00f20eb5-8fd6-4d9d-b75e-36801766c8f1}
Command: PhotoAcqDropTarget

Image hashes

MD5: afdfeb573cfff6f717cc7f9e899df161
SHA-1: 2ac7387fef462c834cc067f0296366ffbb5c4daa
SHA-256: b091e4b7a5c85b8424d9f979943554c06b808eb65df64e8b8cc369edd765006a

PE image details

File entropy: 6.95977
File packed: No
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