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Global Rank #17,553
United States Rank #13,096
Reach 0.0159%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.54 days
74.92 days >
Average installed length: 39.36 days


VersionDistribution 64.57% 3.59% 6.73% 1.35% 3.59% 0.45% 1.79% 0.90%
1.0.01 16.59%
1.0.00 0.45%

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ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility

What is ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility?

ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility enables predefined assignments for a Windows key and an Application key on the ThinkPad keyboard. Audio volume control buttons, mute button, ThinkPad button/Access IBM button, Suspend/Hibernate, Wireless Radio Control, EasyEject, Full Screen Magnifier, and Presentation Director on the external keyboard. ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility which
enables to customize the ThinkPad and external keyboard, and to
assign 'Key Sensitivity' and 'Special character input' functions.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named tpkmapap.exe. The setup package generally installs about 117 files and is usually about 34.95 MB (36,649,707 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-44185
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\thinkpad\utilities
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\engine\6\INTEL3~1\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2111B23F-7FDA-
Estimated size: 34.95 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility

Program executable:tpkmapap.exe
Name:Keyboard Customizer
Path:C:\Program Files\thinkpad\utilities\tpkmapap.exe
Additional files:
  • NPDAPLY.EXE - ThinkPad Presentation Director
  • PWMDBSVC.exe - Power Manager (Power Manager Dynamic Brightness Control Service)
  • PWMDBSVCEX.dll - Power Manager Service
  • PROFWIZ.EXE - ThinkPad Configuration Profile Wizard
  • DOZE.DLL - Interface DLL for Doze Mode Service
  • CFGCTRL.DLL - ThinkPad Configuration Utility (ThinkPad Configuration Profile Wizard DLL module)
  • EZEJAPP.EXE - ThinkPad EasyEject Utility
  • EZEJLP.DLL - ThinkPad EasyEject Component for Productivity Center
  • EZEJMNAP.EXE - ThinkPad EasyEject Support Application
  • EZEJTRAY.EXE - ThinkPad EasyEject Tray Utility
  • DOZESVC.EXE - Doze Mode Service Program
  • PWMIDTSV.EXE - ThinkPad Power Manager (ThinkPad Power Manager Idle Task)
  • PWMIF32V.DLL - ThinkPad Power Manager Low Level Function DLL
  • PWMOSD.EXE - ThinkPad Power Manager OnScreen Display Menu
  • PWMTR32V.DLL - ThinkPad Power Manager Background Monitor and Tray Battery Gauge
  • BATLOGDL.DLL (by IBM) - IBM ThinkPad Utility (IBM ThinkPad Power Management DLL for Win32)
  • PWMEWCFG.exe
  • TPELPWR.EXE - ThinkPad EL power
  • ATM.DLL - Lenovo Japan ATM (ATM)
  • PWMEWSVC.exe - Power Manager Cisco EnergyWise Enabler
  • PWMPAEXE.exe
  • SCHTASK.EXE - ScheduledTask (Power Manager Power Agenda)
  • SMARTSD.exe
  • SmartShutdown.exe
  • PWRACT.EXE - Power Action (Power Manager Power Action)
  • PS2.EXE

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • PWMIDTSK.EXE is scheduled as a task named 'PMTask' (runs when idle).
  • PWMIDTSV.EXE is scheduled as a task named 'PMTask' (runs when idle).
3 Services
  • PWMDBSVC.exe runs as a service named 'Power Manager DBC Service' (Power Manager DBC Service).
  • PWMEWSVC.exe runs as a service named 'Cisco EnergyWise Enabler' (PwmEWSvc).
  • DOZESVC.EXE runs as a service named 'Lenovo Doze Mode Service' (DozeSvc).
Startup File (User Run)
  • EZEJMNAP.EXE is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'EZEJMNAP' and executes as C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\EzEjMnAp.Exe.
7 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • NPDTRAY.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NPDTRAY' which loads as C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\NPDTray.exe.
  • PWRMGRTR.DLL is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PWRMGRTR' which loads as rundll32 C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\PWRMGRTR.DLL,PwrMgrBkGndMonitor.
  • PWMTR32V.DLL is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PWMTRV' which loads as rundll32 C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\PWMTR32V.DLL,PwrMgrBkGndMonitor.
  • TpKmapAp.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TPKMAPHELPER' which loads as C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\TpKmapAp.exe -helper.
  • EZEJMNAP.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'EZEJMNAP' which loads as C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\EzEjMnAp.Exe.
  • EZEJTRAY.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'EZEJTRAY' which loads as C:\Program Files1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\EZEJTRAY.EXE.
  • Plus 1 more
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • TpKmapAp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\TpKmapAp.exe'.
  • EZEJAPP.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\EZEJAPP.EXE'.
  • PWMUI.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\PWMUI.EXE'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.96 MB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00003885%
0.016088% average
Memory:292 KB
Total CPU:0.0000309548%
Kernel CPU:0.00002086%
User CPU:0.00001009%
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
Memory:9.82 MB
Total CPU:0.0009879468%
Kernel CPU:0.00058886%
User CPU:0.00039908%
I/O reads/min:6.28 KB
I/O writes/min:83 Bytes

How do I remove ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility?

Quickly and completely remove ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility.

Win XP 75%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 80.27%
Windows 7 10.31%
Windows Vista 8.97%
Windows 8 0.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 80.91%
Windows Vista Business 5.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.09%
Windows 7 Professional 3.64%
Windows 7 Enterprise 1.36%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.36%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.06%
  Israel 4.84%
  Taiwan 4.15%
  United Kingdom 3.81%
  Poland 2.77%
  Canada 2.08%
  Italy 2.08%
  Czech Republic 2.08%
  Hungary 1.73%
  Thailand 1.73%
  Croatia 1.38%
  Australia 1.38%
  Hong Kong 1.38%
  Estonia 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 94.74%
Sahara 3.76%
Toshiba 1.50%
Common models
LENOVO 7673WHP 4.00%
IBM 8183WR4 3.20%
LENOVO 1951BY8 3.20%
LENOVO 6459CTO 2.40%
IBM 1836Q4U 2.40%
LENOVO 2242CTO 1.60%

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a PC hardware and electronics company whose products include personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices and IT management software.
Publisher URL: www.lenovo.com


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