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What is wuauclt.exe?

Part of Automatic Updates by Microsoft

What is it?

Windows Update is a service provided by Microsoft that provides updates for the Microsoft Windows operating system and its installed components, including Internet Explorer. Windows Update can be configured to install critical updates automatically so long as the computer is connected to the Internet, without the user needing to install them manually, or even be aware that an update is required.
Description of wuauclt.exe from Microsoft
When you turn on automatic updating, most updates will download and install without you having to lift a finger. But sometimes Windows Update will need your input during an installation. In this case, you'll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it. If you don't respond to a Windows Update alert, your PC might end up missing an important download.
(wuauclt.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wuauclt.exe run?

Process - wuauclt.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. wuauclt.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (Generic Host Process for Win32 Services by Microsoft).

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the wuauclt.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of wuauclt.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wuauclt.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00010% CPU1044.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          5.4 MB RAM25.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         11 GDI objects7.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\wuauclt.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Automatic Updates.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)

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File details

File name: wuauclt.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Automatic Updates
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.4.3790.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Product version: 5.4.3790.2180
Size: 108.5 KB
Original file name: wuauclt.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0007535483%
Privileged CPU: 0.0006491125%
User CPU: 0.00010443582598%
Privileged CPU time: 56.08 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 47.62 MB
Peak committed memory: 49.98 MB
Paged memory: 5.4 MB
Peak paged memory: 5.41 MB
Paged system memory: 85.16 KB
Non-paged system memory: 4.85 KB
Working set memory: 1.4 MB
Peak working set memory: 4.79 MB
Min working set memory: 1 MB
Private memory: 5.4 MB
Page faults: 1,827
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 25.75 KB
Read transfer /min: 31 Bytes
Total write operations: 2
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 144 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 476
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 78.84 KB
Other Transfer /min: 94 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 11
USER objects: 4
Resources
Handle count average: 132
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
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe"

Image hashes

MD5: 4126d27cece4471e00e425411f7306b5
SHA-1: 35d9f40a3bf87f8073a70815a6d26e28e7080232
SHA-256: 20f6edf2fabd7d9a0c4a4e3a37749ebef585ee12fda551fdefeab1dcdf10d55e

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.85443
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
comctl32.dll
crypt32.dll
gdi32.dll
kernel32.dll
msimg32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ole32.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
wintrust.dll
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