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Should I remove Hotkey Service?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,861
United States Rank #35,165
Reach 0.0100%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.88 days
822.50 days >
Average installed length: 432.16 days


1.29 8.59%
1.27 12.12%
1.26 0.51%
1.23 8.59%
1.22 2.02%
1.20 4.55%
1.18 1.52%
1.15 38.38%
1.14 1.01%
1.13 4.04%
1.11.01 9.60%
1.11 2.53%
1.08 2.53%
1.07 4.04%

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Hotkey Service

What is Hotkey Service?

Hotkey utility is required to use those FN+F7 to change wireless settings and volume. See the blue things on your F keys? Those are what the FN keys control. This utility is pre-installed with most ASUS model laptops.


The most common release is 1.15, 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. The primary executable is named HotkeyService.exe. The setup package generally installs about 11 files and is usually about 2.74 MB (2,875,512 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.asus.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\EeePC\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{71C0E38E-09F2-4386-9977-404D4F6640CD}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 2.74 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Hotkey Service

Program executable:HotkeyService.exe
Asus Eee PC Hotkey Service
Signed by:ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Path:C:\Program Files\EeePC\HotkeyService\HotkeyService.exe
The ASUS ATK Hotkey utilities are system programs that controls the use of special functions key, or hotkeys on most Asus laptops.
Additional files:
  • Hook.dll - CapsAndNumNotifyDll (CapsAndNumKeyNotify)
  • CapsHook.exe - CapsAadNumNotify
  • win7Mes.dll - Win7MesFilter

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • CapsHook.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CapsHook' which loads as C:\Program Files\EeePC\CapsHook\CapsHook.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.1 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0014278507%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00096287%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00046498%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:168,605
8,062,084 average
I/O writes/min:6 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.21 MB
Total CPU:0.0000477845%
Kernel CPU:0.00004489%
User CPU:0.00000289%
CPU cycles/sec:5,609

How do I remove Hotkey Service?

You can uninstall Hotkey Service 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Hotkey Service, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Hotkey Service.

Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win XP 1%
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 7 58.59%
Windows 10 40.91%
Windows XP 0.51%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 34.85%
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.27%
Windows 7 Starter 13.13%
Windows 7 Home Premium 12.12%
Windows 7 Professional 5.56%
Windows 10 Pro 3.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.02% of installs come from Italy
Which countries install it?
  Italy 28.02%
  United States 15.46%
  Germany 7.73%
  Spain 4.83%
  Brazil 3.86%
  Indonesia 3.38%
  United Kingdom 2.90%
  Netherlands 2.42%
  Portugal 1.93%
  France 1.93%
  Israel 1.93%
  Philippines 1.93%
  Russia 1.45%
  Sweden 1.45%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 88.29%
American Megatrends 6.31%
Dell 5.41%
Common models
ASUSTeK 1005HA 18.65%
ASUSTeK 1201N 8.81%
ASUSTeK 1001PX 7.77%
ASUSTeK 1005P 5.70%
ASUSTeK 1005PE 5.70%
ASUSTeK 1201HA 4.66%

About ASUS

ASUSTeK Computer, also often called ASUS is a computer hardware & electronics company.
Publisher URL: www.asus.com


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