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VersionDistribution 6.61% 42.41% 2.33% 48.64%

OSD hot keys


OSD hot keys is a software program developed by MSI Co., LTD. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. The programs's main executable is WMI_Hook_Service.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.44 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 1.37 MB (1,433,624 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 58% of users of OSD hot keys come from Germany, it is also popular in United Kingdom and the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: tw.msi.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\msi\OSD hot keys\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\Driver\10\INTEL3~1\IDriver.exe /M{A081C347-F821-434F-B75B-3C175163C0D7}
Estimated size: 1.37 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by OSD hot keys

Program executable:WMI_Hook_Service.exe
MSI Keyboard Fn Solution Service
Signed by:Micro-Star Int'l Co. Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\msi\OSD hot keys\WMI_Hook_Service.exe
Additional files:
  • CtrlColor.exe (by msi) - CtrlColor MFC Application
  • MSI_IO.dll
  • MSI_MAINSYS.sys (by Your) - Your Product Name (Description string for MSI_MAINSYS driver)
  • WMI_Hook_Service.exe (by MICRO-STAR INT'L,.LTD) - WMI_Hook_Service (MSI Keyboard Fn Solution Service)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • WMI_Hook_Service.exe runs as a service named 'WMI_Hook_Service' (WMI_Hook_Service) "Hotkey function for Volume/Brightness adjusts.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.44 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0021428890%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00144412%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00069877%
0.015104% average

How do I remove OSD hot keys?

You can uninstall OSD hot keys 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 OSD hot keys, 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 OSD hot keys.

Win 7 (SP1) 85%
Win 7 3%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 87.55%
Windows 10 12.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 86.90%
Windows 10 Home 8.73%
Windows 8.1 Pro 1.98%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 0.79%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 0.79%
Windows 8 Pro 0.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.14% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 58.14%
  United Kingdom 14.73%
  United States 5.04%
  Belgium 5.04%
  France 3.88%
  Austria 3.49%
  Australia 2.33%
  Netherlands 1.94%
  Switzerland 1.55%
  DK 1.16%
  Sweden 0.39%
  Spain 0.39%
  Luxembourg 0.39%
  Canada 0.39%

About MSI Co., LTD

Micro-Star International (MSI) is a motherboard and video card manufacturer that also manufactures a wide range of products including notebooks, gaming laptops, All-in-One PCs, servers and workstations, industrial PCs, household appliances, car infotainment products, barebone systems and communication devices.
Publisher URL: www.msi.com


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