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What is wuauclt.exe?

Part of Windows Update 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 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. wuauclt.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (ระบบปฏิบัติการ Microsoft® Windows® by Microsoft).

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the wuauclt.exe process running.Of the 0.5% 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.
0.00026% CPU2558.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.63 MB RAM7.5%
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.
         9 GDI objects6.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\wuauclt.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Update?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

About Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft More...
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File details

File name: wuauclt.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Update
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 7.8.9200.16731 (win8_gdr.131004-1506)
Product version: 7.8.9200.16731
Size: 58.02 KB
Original file name: wuauclt.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date: 7/9/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0005116646%
Privileged CPU: 0.0002558323%
User CPU: 0.00025583230068%
Privileged CPU time: 15.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2 ms
CPU cycle count: 76,340,559
CPU cycle count /min: 8,261,526
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 79.48 MB
Peak committed memory: 80.51 MB
Paged memory: 1.63 MB
Peak paged memory: 1.71 MB
Paged system memory: 156.83 KB
Non-paged system memory: 9.94 KB
Working set memory: 6.55 MB
Peak working set memory: 6.57 MB
Min working set memory: 6.47 MB
Private memory: 1.63 MB
Page faults: 1,764
Page faults /min: 191
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 0 Bytes
Read transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total write operations: 8
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 826 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 89 Bytes
Total other operations: 391
Other operations /min: 42
Total other transfer: 2.51 KB
Other Transfer /min: 278 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 9
Peak GDI objects: 9
USER objects: 2
Peak USER objects: 3
Resources
Handle count average: 105
Thread count average: 2
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Windows\system32\wuauclt.exe"

Image hashes

MD5: aae63132aee6a66a8da6dadb7ec6c28f
SHA-1: e91f0e6e879909d58467a267c38f148e7dc1e620

PE image details

Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.85259
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
api-ms-win-core-com-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-com-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-debug-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-handle-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-2.dll
api-ms-win-core-profile-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-registry-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-2-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-timezone-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-security-base-l1-2-0.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
shlwapi.dll
sspicli.dll
user32.dll
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