CmRcViewer.exe – What is it, Uses, Error & How to Remove it

  • Bipul 
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cmrcviewer.exe is an application published by Microsoft Corporation and it is a component of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). CMRCviewer stands for ConfigMgr (Configuration Manager) Remote Control Viewer. Although it is developed by Microsoft, it is not a system component.

Microsoft configuration manager is a system management software produced to manage large arrays of computers or mobile devices running Windows NT, Windows Embedded, OS X, UNIX, Windows phone (discontinued), Symbian (discontinued), Android and iOS.

I will help you understand the uses of cmrcviewer.exe, common errors/issues along with some methods to fix those issues.

File Size & Location

By default the path of cmrcviewer.exe is located under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\I386 directory. And the file size is approx 495 KB in Windows 10, it could be less or high in Windows 8 or 7. Here is brief information for the same:

File Name:cmrcviewer.exe
File Size:495 KB
File Location:C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\I386
Product Name:System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
File Description:ConfigMgr Remote Control Viewer
Published by:Microsoft Corporation

Uses of cmrcviewer.exe

If you have used software like mRemoteNG or Anydesk then it will be easy for you to understand what is cmrcviewer. You can remotely access a computer using the inbuilt Windows tool called CMRC. cmrcviewer.exe is a component of this Configuration Manager and the key application needed for the proper functioning of the remote control.

Is cmrcviewer safe or a virus?

It is completely safe and trustworthy. The file is published by the software giant Microsoft Corporation and is also digitally signed by Microsoft. That being said, cmrcviewer.exe is not an essential component for the normal functioning of your computer and can be safely removed/uninstalled if the Configuration Manager Remote Control Viewer serves no purpose of use for you.

If you don’t recall installing the configuration manager, and cmrcviewer.exe is abnormally running on your PC, it may be possible that a trojan named cmrcviewer.exe has made its way into your system through an unsafe internet download or unverified external storage. To confirm whether cmrcviewer.exe on your PC is a threat or not-

  1. Verify its location: Its location should only be C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\I386 otherwise it can be a virus.
  2. Verify its digital signature:See the digital signature tab in the Properties of the file (Right-click cmrcviewer.exe and click Properties). If the digital signature is absent, the file may be fake and possibly be a virus.
  3. Check other parameters like file size, filename, and file’s copyright and compare them with the genuine parameters (refer to the File details section of this article). If you see a noticeable difference in the file size or minute differences in the filename then it is confirmed that the cmrcviewer.exe on your PC is fake.

Error Common errors and issues related to cmrcviewer.exe

You might get errors while accessing remote PC in your Windows 10. Here are few most common issues faced by users:

1)  cmrcviewer.exe – System Error

The program can’t start because MSVCR120.dll (It can be a different DLL file too) is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

This system error is caused by a missing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable.

2) High CPU, memory usage, system crashes

If the application file is corrupted or infected, you will experience issues such as high CPU, memory usage and system crashes in more severe cases.

How to fix cmrcviewer errors?

There could be either file system error or high CPU / crash issues.

To fix system error:

Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2013

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable (VCRedist) are the programs that provide the necessary DLL files for application and games written in Visual C++ language to run on Windows machines. This is one of the most common errors experienced by users because their PC is missing the VCRedist installation.

Download: Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2013

Click on the red Download button on the official Microsoft website given above and choose the appropriate version for you (arm for ARM64 systems, x86 for 32-bit systems, and x64 for 64-bit systems).

Learn how to check system type:

1. Open the start menu and click on the Gear icon to open Windows Settings

2. Click on System

3. Click on About in the side panel

4. Check your system details in the main panel.

system bit type

After the download is completed, run the VCRedist installer.

To fix resource usage and crash issues:

Check for pending updates

Go to Windows Settings (Press WIN + I OR Click the gear icon in the start menu) and head over to the Update & Security option. In the main panel, you will either have an option for 1) Checking for updates 2) Download updates, or 3) Install updates. Click whichever applicable.

Scan your system for a malicious cmrcviewer.exe

Scan your PC using third-party antivirus software or Windows defender.

To scan using Windows Defender-

1. Search and open Windows Security from the start menu

2. Click on Virus & threat protection

3. Click on Quick scan or scan options for more scan types like Full scan, Custom scan, and Microsoft Defender Offline Scan.


Virus and threat protection quick scan

How to remove cmrcviewer.exe

If you don’t need the system center configuration manager program, you can easily uninstall it by following the steps below:

1. Press Windows + R to open run application

2. Type appwiz.cpl without space and click on OK 

appwiz cpl

3. Locate ‘System Center Configuration Manager’/’System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager’/’System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2’ in the list of programs

4. Click Uninstall

5. Also, uninstall support programs like Configuration packs and toolkits for SCCM.

uninstall System Center Configuration Manager config pack

Final Word

I hope, above information clear all the doubt.  Kindly leave a comment below or contact us in case you have any queries or suggestions.



Bipul is an undergraduate engineering student, who has used five different Windows releases over 8 years of him being a true PC enthusiast.

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