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TwDsUiLaunch.exe: Everything you need to know

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Windows is based on hundreds if not thousands of background processes quietly running in the background. While these processes generally stay hidden from the users, at times, an occasional CPU spike or malware acting like one brings them into the spotlight.

In this article, we’re talking about the TwDsUiLaunch.exe process, what it does, and how you can get rid of it to save system resources.

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What is the TwDsUiLaunch.exe process?

The process is a part of the M17A process that runs for the Brother Industries printing utility software developed by the Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher. You’ll generally find it at this location.


The process helps the printing utility for Brother printers to run, print and diagnose any issues with the printer. This means that if you haven’t ever installed the utility on your PC, the process shouldn’t be there in the first place.

While it is a legitimate Windows process, there have been cases of malware impersonating the process for the most part. In such cases, you’ll notice sustained high CPU usage and system slowdowns owing to the process hogging up your PC’s resources.

How to remove the TwDsUiLaunch.exe process?

If you determine the process is indeed a virus, here’s how you can remove it from your PC.

Step 1: Right-click the taskbar and find the process. Select it and click the End Task button at the bottom right.

TwDsUiLaunch.exe: Everything you need to know

Step 2: Navigate to the following directory.


Step 3: Delete any files related to the process.

Now restart your PC, and it should work as usual. 

Run an SFC scan

Alternatively, you can run the SFC tool to find and repair any corrupt files on your system that may be causing the issue.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

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Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC, and the error should’ve been resolved. If that doesn’t help, you can also run a DISM scan to fix any other errors by using this guide

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: