What is Setx.exe Command, Uses, Location Information

The setx.exe is a legitimate file present in every Windows 10 computer and it is developed by Microsoft Corporation. The setx.exe process is described as Sets environment variables. This file is generally safe but a corrupted version of it can cause trouble.

What is setx command?

There are several ways to modify the system like using programming or registry editor. The Setx is a command-line tool that is used to set the user environment for the existing Windows system.

setx.exe command tool

File Properties & Location

The file size of setx.exe is 54.5 KB and you can find this file in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Some of the important properties of the setx.exe file are mentioned below, you can go through it once.

  • Full filename: setx.exe
  • File Description: Setx – Sets environment variables
  • File type: Application (.exe)
  • File location: C:\Windows\System32
  • File size: 54.5 KB (may vary depending on the file version)
  • File version: 10.0.18362.1
  • Copyright: Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
  • Language: English (United States)

This is how the file properties look like:setx properties

Is the setx.exe file malware or safe for your PC?

Indeed, as per my own experience, the setx.exe file has never been a purpose behind any problematic situation in my computer, notwithstanding, it isn’t generally the equivalent, on the off chance that the setx.exe gets affected by any malware or virus or in the event that it gets corrupted at that point you will experience high CPU usage and you are also likely to encounter many annoying and irritating error messages,  or in an extreme situation, your Windows system can also fail.

So for the present circumstance, the essential thing you need to do is search for and locate the setx.exe file in your computer and further check its properties. Below I have mentioned the steps that can help you in locating the setx.exe file in your computer and making it further decision.

  1. Open the Task Manager windows application.
  2. Next, as soon as the Task Manager opens up switch to the Details tab.
  3. Now find the setx.exe process among the and just right-click on it and then select Open file location option.

If it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 folder and its Properties and its Properties some way or another match with the authentic setx.exe file (mentioned in the previous section) that point there is no compelling reason to stress and the file is totally protected and safe. Then again, in the event that it is found in some other location on your PC, it could well be malware and consequently, you should get rid of it right away.

Common error notifications raised by setx.exe process

Well if the setx.exe is affected with any viruses or malware or if it is corrupted then, at that point you may experience some irritating error messages. A portion of these error messages are as per the following:

  • setx.exe has failed.
  • setx.exe is missing.
  • setx.exe is not responding.
  • setx.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  • setx.exe has stopped working.

On the off chance that you face any of such error notifications, you should endeavor to fix issues with setx.exe. You can find complete set of commands for setx on here.

How to fix the setx.exe file?

I have referenced probably the most straightforward methods to solve any issues with setx.exe. Please read and execute any of the methods and check whether it helps or not in your case.

Method 1: By scanning for virus/malware using Windows defender

Here is how you can fix issues with the setx.exe file using Windows defender.

  1. Search for “Settings” in the Windows search box and as soon as the Settings search results option will come up just click on it.
  2. Now open Update & Security,
  3. Next, open Windows Security.
  4. Now just click on the Virus & threat protection as shown below in the screenshot.Virus and threat protection
  5. Now just click on Scan options.
  6. Now just select the Windows Defender offline scan and then click on the Scan now.click on scan now

Taking everything into account, that is it now after the Advanced scan is done all the corrupted records, viruses, or malware (at whatever point found any) will appear. You can then uninstall the problematic and corrupted programs and afterward check if the issue with setx.exe really continues or not.

On the off chance that you still face issues with the setx.exe file, you can go on with the next method.

Method 2: By performing an SFC scan in Command Prompt

  1. Launch the Command Prompt windows application in Administrator mode.
  2. Next copy or type the command “sfc /scannow”  (without quotes) and then hit the Enter key.
  3. Well now the SFC scan will begin, and in my case, it has already started.Type sfc/scannow

Well the SFC scan will fix most probably all the corrupted files present in your system and ideally, the issues with the setx.exe file will be settled.

So these were some of the methods to deal with any kind of problems with the setx.exe file. If you still have any queries or facing any issues then do let me know.


Abhishek Kumar

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