Solved Can't Find Startup Process I'd Like To Disable

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michaeltee

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I'm wanting to disable, but not uninstall, a startup process "HPAudioSwitch.exe". I can see it running in task manager but when I right-click "go to services" nothing is highlighted. I've also run Windows Services and can't find it. In short, I've checked all the usual places. It's possible to manually exit the program from the notification tray but I'd prefer to disable or at lease set it on manual start. What procedures could I use to track this down?

Win10 Home x64
 

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It's probably not a service. An easy way to stop it is to search for the HPAudioSwitch,exe file and rename it to say HPAudioSwitch,exe.bak then it won't run. If that causes an error message let me know please.
 

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Go to Task Manager, then Startup and see if it's there. If it is you should be able to disable it.
 

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it uses a scheduled task not a service or start up entry
Unless it is misbehaving, I would not uninstall it or play around with it. It simplifies using audio on HP laptops a lot easier, especially if you switch between inbuilt speakers & headphones. It also helps control the microphone.

Why do you want to stop it running?
 

michaeltee

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Hi all, in my case it was taking it upon itself to select undesired sources for no apparent reason. So I was often having to manually switch it back where I wanted it. This is on my HP desktop. I uninstalled it and no longer have those problems. The integrated realtek HD driver seems to handle switching more to my liking. In any case it's available for re-downloading via the HP recovery mgr if needed. Thanks to everyone for the feedback!
 
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