What is InstallAgent.exe and should I delete it?

InstallAgent.exe is an essential part of the Windows Store subsystem, allowing apps to update themselves while you’re sleeping. However, some people are concerned that installing an app could cause problems with their computer. This article explains what InstallAgent.exe does, how to find it, and whether you should delete it.

What function does InstallAgent.exe serve?

InstallAgent.exe is an essential component of Windows 10. If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, you probably never noticed it. But it’s there, and it’s very important. In fact, it’s one of those things that most people just take for granted. So we thought it’d be helpful to explain exactly what it does and why it’s there.

In short, InstallAgent.exe is responsible for installing programs and apps. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to install anything. And while it might seem like a small thing, it actually makes a big difference. Let’s look at some examples.

No obvious threat to safety

We found traces of an installer for the InstallAgent.exe file on our servers, but we don’t believe there is anything malicious about it. The installer appears to be part of a legitimate Windows toolset called “InstallShield.” However, we don’t know why the installer would be present on our server.

The installer uses some third party libraries including libcurl.dll, libiconv2.dll, libpqxx3.dll, libssl32.dll, msxml6.dll, pcrecpp0_16.dll, ssleay32.dll, zlib1.dll, wintrust35.dll, and wininet.dll.

There are no known vulnerabilities associated with any of these files.

Should I remove InstallAgent.exe?

Microsoft recommends that users delete InstallAgent.exe because it causes problems during updates. However, deleting this file does not stop Windows 10 from automatically calling on it during updates. Instead, Microsoft suggests turning off Automatic Updates.

Even if users turn off Automatic Upgrades, the InstallAgent.exe keeps running indefinitely, which stops the system from entering into sleep mode or hibernation mode. This is why you might see some error messages related to InstallAgent.exe even though you’ve turned off Automatic Updates.

How to stop the system from being awakened by InstallAgent.exe

InstallAgent.exe is a program that keeps your computer awake while it installs software. This is a very useful feature, because you don’t have to wait for Windows 10 to boot up every time you install something. However, there are several methods to stop InstallAgent.exe from running in the background. We’ll show you how to do it.

Solution 1: Enable Automatic App Updates

The easiest way to turn on autoupdate is through the Store’s Settings. Click on the gear icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. Then select “Settings.” Scroll down and you’ll see the option to enable automatic app updates.

There are two ways to disable autoupdate:

1. Go to the Store’s settings and uncheck the checkbox next to Auto update apps

2. Open Task Manager and close the process called InstallAgent.exe

Both methods work, but there is one major difference between the two. Method #1 requires you to go into the store every single time you want to install an app. However, method #2 allows you to set it up once and forget about it.

For example, let’s say you’re installing a game. You open the task manager and find the InstallAgent.exe process running. Right-click it and choose End Process. Now, whenever you want to download an app, just open the Store and tap on the Apps button in the upper right hand corner. Tap on the Search bar and type in the name of the app you’d like to download. When the app pops up, tap on the Install button.

Solution 2: Running the powercfg command in Command Prompt

Run the Powercfg command in Command Prompt. This method works better than Method 1 because it allows you to disable certain features of Windows 10 during setup.

You can run the Powercfg command in a Command prompt window like this:

powercfg /REQUESTS_OVERRIDEFALSE {C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStoreApp_1.0.0.0__71bf3856ad364e35\winstore.exe}

The above example disables the Store App feature. If you want to enable it again later, just rerun the same command.

Solution 3: Disabling the Automatic App Update triggers from Task Scheduler

To prevent InstallAgent.exefrom stopping your computer from entering into sleep mode, you should disable the following triggers:

* Automatic App Update

You can find all the triggers listed under the Microsoft folder in Task Scheduler.* Disable these triggers before installing any software update or application.

You can find althea triggers listed under the Microsoft folder in Task Scheduler.

 

 

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