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What does the mcrdsvc.exe file do?

The mcrdsvc.exe process is also known as MCRD Device Service and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Media Center Extender Service. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of mcrdsvc.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 mcrdsvc.exe MCRD Device service

mcrdsvc.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Mcrdsvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 99,328 bytes (81% of all these files), 96,256 bytes as well as 7 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The mcrdsvc file is not part of the Windows operating system. This particular software can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. Mcrdsvc.exe contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. For this reason, 34% 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 mcrdsvc.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 mcrdsvc?

Microsoft Media Reciever w/ Windows MCE 2005
For Media Center Extender - - essential if you use an XBox or XBox 360 to view content from your Media Center PC
It is essential to XP MCD (further information...)
It is needed for the running of Microsoft Windows ( I think specifically for the Media Center)... But it is supposed to be necessary and should never be stopped or deleted. This should not be dangerous, it is a part of Microsoft Windows.
mcrdsvc.exe is a process which belongs to the Microsoft Windows Media Center. This program is an essential process to the running of the program, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.

Summary: 12 users judge mcrdsvc.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall the program or Media Center Extender Service

mcrdsvc.exe MCRD Device service fix

To remove MCRD Device service 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 the program or Media Center Extender Service in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if mcrdsvc.exe (MCRD Device service) 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 MCRD Device service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for MCRD Device service 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 mcrdsvc.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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