Kbd.exe. What is it?

Kbd.exe is Multimedia Keyboard Manager.

Kbd.exe is developed by Hewlett-Packard. It’s a hidden file. Kbd.exe is usually located in the %PROGRAM_FILES% sub-folder and its usual size is 24,588 bytes.

Kbd.exe is a process that allows to configure and manage programmable keys, such as sleep, Internet access, volume etc., on certain keyboards. These keys are part of keyboards on HP and Compaq computers.

How to Fix the "KBD.exe has stopped working" Error

Sometimes kbd.exe stops working and causes the “KBD.exe has stopped working” error. This error message usually appears on system startup. When this error occurs, users may start experiencing problems with their keyboard, which may either stop working or start behaving in an erratic way.

The most likely cause of this kbd.exe error is an outdated HP keyboard driver. If you are encountering this problem, please go to your computer manufacturer’s website (either HP or Compaq), locate the support and drivers section, and update your keyboard driver to the most recent version.

Important: viruses and malware sometimes mask themselves as kbd.exe. Scan your computer with Auslogics Antivirus to make sure it’s not infected.


The kbd.exe process is safe, and you can safely disable it.


Author: Hewlett-Packard CompanyPart Of: Hewlett-Packard Company KBD EXECommon path(s): subfolder %PROGRAM_FILES%


Malware risk: Scan your PC for viruses and Trojans
Some viruses infect computers while disguised in the form of legitimate files, like Kbd.exe. Run an antivirus scan to ensure your PC is clean and safe.
Registry Errors: Free scan (run Registry Cleaner)Uninstallation: N/A Uninstall (run Unistall Manager)Disk & Memory Usage: N/A Free scan (run Task Manager)

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