Repair Kbd.exe Problems

Kbd.exe – File Information

The kbd.exe process is used for configuring the additional keys on the multimedia keyboard products from Hewlett-Packard.

By default, the kbd.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files. Most commonly, the kbd.exe file is found in 61,440 bytes size. Other known sizes of this file include – 67,128, 28,172, 37,299, 239,064, 69,632, 31,650, 14,348, 58,360, and 24,588 bytes size.

You may find entries related to this file in the registry in the following locations:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

By default, the kbd.exe process loads automatically whenever your computer starts.

Is Kbd.exe an Essential Startup Process?

No, it is not. If you do not use multimedia keys, you can safely remove the process from your startup items list.

To remove kbd.exe from the startup items list, perform the following steps:

Note: Before proceeding with these steps, log on to the system as an administrator.

  1. Click the Start menu and select the Run command.
  2. In the Open box, type msconfig and then click the OK button.
  3. Next, in the System Configuration Utility dialog box, select Startup.
  4. Next, clear the checkbox before kbd.exe.
  5. Click the Apply button to save your changes and then click OK.
  6. Finally, restart your computer.

Kbd.exe Problem

When you start your system, you may receive either of the following errors:

“KBD.EXE Application Error. The instructions at “0x7752dl30” referenced memory at “0x000000”. The memory could not be read”


“Kbd.exe is not responding”

Resolution Steps

To fix this kbd.exe problem, upgrade your keyboard drivers. You can do this manually by searching for the latest drivers on your keyboard manufacturer’s website.  You may also use a reliable third-party driver scanner tool, such as Driver Finder to automate the process.

Kbd.exe – Can you trust this file?

Yes, you can. Kbd.exe is a safe file and until now is not known to be associated with any malware. However, many malware programs, such as virus, worm, spyware, and adware deliberately give their processes similar names as existing legitimate processes to escape detection. For instance, an unsolicited process may be running on your PC, such as kdb.exe, kbb.exe, or kdd.exe.

To ensure that no unsolicited processes are running on your computer, press Ctrl+Alt+Del, and then click the Processes tab in the Windows Task Manager window. Go through the list of currently running processes to identify if any unsolicited process is running. If you find an unsolicited process running, immediately perform an antimalware scan on your system, using advanced security tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease.

After you have deleted the rogue process, it is recommended that you also scan the system registry, using a reliable registry cleaning tool, such as RegServe to remove any invalid or corrupt entries that the rogue process may have inserted in the registry.