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What does the cpqset.exe file do?

The cpqset.exe process is also known as Cpqset Application and is a part of HP Pavillion (Version zv6000 User Guides, dv4000 User Guides) or, as the case may be, HP Backup and Recovery. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of cpqset.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about cpqset.exe Cpqset Application

cpqset.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file cpqset.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder (as a rule C:\Program Files\HPQ\Default Settings\ respectively C:\compaq\cpqsetup\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 233,534 bytes (33% of all these files), 40,960 bytes as well as 19 other variants.
This cpqset program is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. For this reason, 36% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves cpqset.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about cpqset?

HP Laptop startup program for default settings - not system critical
Mike G.
Default settings software in Hewlett Packard notebook
damian
Startup program on Compaq Presario notebook and probably other HP-Compaq (HPQ) clients
Sean
Default settings software in Hewlett Packard notebook
hp product, compact products.

Summary: 17 users judge cpqset.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted cpqset.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall HP Pavillion or HP Backup and Recovery

cpqset.exe Cpqset Application fix

To remove Cpqset Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for HP Pavillion or HP Backup and Recovery in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if cpqset.exe (Cpqset Application) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Cpqset Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Cpqset Application or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or cpqset.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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