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What is vmsal.exe?

Part of Windows Virtual PC Application Launcher by Microsoft

(vmsal.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does vmsal.exe run?

Process - vmsal.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.


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About 0.2% of all Boost users have the vmsal.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of vmsal.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How stable is Windows Virtual PC Application Launcher?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is vmsal.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.03663% CPU366336.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
21.82 MB RAM101.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
196 GDI objects130.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
175 context switches/sec175.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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 Windows Virtual PC Application Launcher.

What else is related?

Windows Virtual PC Application Launcher Stability

vmsal.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Crashing module: mstscax.dll (still researching...)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: vmsal.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Virtual PC Application Launcher
Description: Windows Virtual PC Application Launcher
Version: 6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)
Product version: 6.1.7601.17514
Size: 914.5 KB
Original file name: vmsal.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0862907027%
Privileged CPU: 0.0496570646%
User CPU: 0.03663363816836%
Privileged CPU time: 1794.01 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,319,133,797
Context switches /sec: 175
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 145.21 MB
Peak committed memory: 165.83 MB
Paged memory: 21.82 MB
Peak paged memory: 21.98 MB
Paged system memory: 245.37 KB
Non-paged system memory: 37.58 KB
Working set memory: 27.09 MB
Peak working set memory: 27.12 MB
Min working set memory: 23.25 MB
Private memory: 21.82 MB
Page faults: 13,768
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 6,545
Total read transfer: 4.22 MB
Total write operations: 6,619
Total write transfer: 11.96 MB
Total other operations: 4,152
Total other transfer: 121.15 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 196
Peak GDI objects: 211
USER objects: 78
Peak USER objects: 84
Handle count average: 559
Thread count average: 16
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Command
"C:\Windows\System32\vmsal.exe" "Windows XP Mode" "||e71d8d27" "XMetaL 2.0"

Image hashes

MD5: e083621e790d725962d2b9386832375e
SHA-1: d7aaa0b5e9ea05ffd20178bb0d7bfa87df046cab
SHA-256: 5c3ad1e3a25d813ed4c5ae5f95868df11e6aa3e02cb5bd9cfdeadd41c9c355b3

PE image details

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