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What is mcupdate.exe?

Part of Windows Media Center Store Update Manager by Microsoft

What is it?

Windows Media Center Store Update Manager is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found. The updater will check for updates remotely and install them based on an internal schedule.
(mcupdate.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does mcupdate.exe run?

Process - mcupdate.exe is an instance of a running program. This program executes under the NETWORK SERVICE account within Windows with minimum privileges on the local computer and acts as the computer on the network. mcupdate.exe is executed by the process services.exe (Services and Controller app by Microsoft).

How does mcupdate.exe start?

Scheduled task - mcupdate.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft\Windows\Media Center\PeriodicScanRetry'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the mcupdate.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of mcupdate.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is mcupdate.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00247% CPU24736.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
20.92 MB RAM97.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 4 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Windows Media Center Store Upd...?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: mcupdate.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Media Center Store Update Manager
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 6.1.7600.16385
Size: 182 KB
Original file name: mcupdate.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0029592065%
Privileged CPU: 0.0004856094%
User CPU: 0.00247359706872%
Privileged CPU time: 2382.81 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 3 ms
CPU cycle count: 58,508,710
CPU cycle count /min: 25,875,778
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 170.69 MB
Peak committed memory: 171.16 MB
Paged memory: 20.92 MB
Peak paged memory: 21.63 MB
Paged system memory: 272.2 KB
Non-paged system memory: 19.6 KB
Working set memory: 4.53 MB
Peak working set memory: 18.46 MB
Min working set memory: 2.12 MB
Private memory: 20.92 MB
Page faults: 62,044
Page faults /min: 105
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 338
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 1.2 MB
Read transfer /min: 1.59 KB
Total write operations: 2,842
Write operations /min: 3
Total write transfer: 11.21 MB
Write transfer /min: 9.73 KB
Total other operations: 3,737
Other operations /min: 6
Total other transfer: 64.71 KB
Other Transfer /min: 100 Bytes
Handle count average: 590
Thread count average: 14
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): Network Service
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
C:\Windows\ehome\mcupdate.EXE -crl -hms -pscn 15

Scheduled task details

Name: \Microsoft\Windows\Media Center\PeriodicScanRetry

Image hashes

MD5: f65cff843b6e073a4f8188e19ec538d2
SHA-1: e45682dae98b460363ef0c933da37b039630f487

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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