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What is wpabaln.exe?

Part of Windows WPA Balloon Reminder by Microsoft

What is it?

This is the system tray balloon popup that you would see if Windows requires activation. Microsoft Product Activation is a form of digital rights management used by Microsoft Corporation in several of its computer software programs, most notably its Windows operating system.
Description of wpabaln.exe from Microsoft
The goal of Product Activation is to reduce a form of piracy known as "casual copying" or "softlifting". Casual copying is a form of piracy characterized by the sharing of software between people in a way that infringes on the software's end user license agreement (EULA). For instance, Windows XP is primarily licensed for use on a single PC and without purchasing additional licenses cannot be installed on other machines. If someone were to obtain a copy of Windows XP and load it on his or her PC, then share it with a second person who loaded it on his or her PC, they would be guilty of casual copying.
(wpabaln.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wpabaln.exe run?

Process - wpabaln.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. wpabaln.exe is executed by the process winlogon.exe (Windows NT Logon Application by Microsoft).


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the wpabaln.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of wpabaln.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wpabaln.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.02768% CPU276774.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.12 MB RAM5.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 1 /min0.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         14 GDI objects9.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
368 context switches/sec368.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Windows WPA Balloon Reminder?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: wpabaln.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows WPA Balloon Reminder
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2113)
Product version: 5.1.2600.5512
Size: 31.5 KB
Original file name: WPABALN.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0568389412%
Privileged CPU: 0.0291614874%
User CPU: 0.02767745378018%
Privileged CPU time: 58359.38 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 368
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 32.34 MB
Peak committed memory: 34.86 MB
Paged memory: 1.12 MB
Peak paged memory: 1.4 MB
Paged system memory: 52.21 KB
Non-paged system memory: 3.49 KB
Working set memory: 2.32 MB
Peak working set memory: 3.34 MB
Min working set memory: 2.29 MB
Private memory: 1.12 MB
Page faults: 17,652
Page faults /min: 3
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 56.54 KB
Read transfer /min: 233 Bytes
Total write operations: 1
Total write transfer: 72 Bytes
Total other operations: 31,634
Other operations /min: 2
Total other transfer: 278.18 KB
Other Transfer /min: 282 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 14
USER objects: 5
Handle count average: 74
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command

Image hashes

MD5: 90ce97657b3f0b651ee8f438a4ab577e
SHA-1: 6fef83742d23332e2219f52853e13d7069f9f838
SHA-256: 59175ea46e838f2074ee6d8c891ff0d1576d6a456ad1d8df53e25d71d8cae8af

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.05793
File packed: No
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