What is watadminsvc.exe?

watadminsvc.exe is part of Microsoft® Windows® Operating System and developed by Microsoft Corporation according to the watadminsvc.exe version information.

watadminsvc.exe's description is "Windows Activation Technologies Service"

watadminsvc.exe is digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation.

watadminsvc.exe is usually located in the 'c:\windows\system32\wat\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about watadminsvc.exe.

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Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on watadminsvc.exe:

PropertyValue
Product nameMicrosoft® Windows® Operating System
Company nameMicrosoft Corporation
File descriptionWindows Activation Technologies Service
Internal nameWatAdminSvc
Original filenameWatAdminSvc.exe
Legal copyright© Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Product version7.1.7600.16395
File version7.1.7600.16395 (win7_gdr_oob_gaoob(wmbla).100127-1819)

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameMicrosoft® Windows® Operating System
Company nameMicrosoft Corporation
File descriptionWindows Activation Technologies Serv..
Internal nameWatAdminSvc
Original filenameWatAdminSvc.exe
Legal copyright© Microsoft Corporation. All rights..
Product version7.1.7600.16395
File version7.1.7600.16395 (win7_gdr_oob_gaoob(w..

Digital signatures [?]

watadminsvc.exe has a valid digital signature.

PropertyValue
Signer nameMicrosoft Corporation
Certificate issuer nameMicrosoft Code Signing PCA
Certificate serial number6105f71e000000000032

VirusTotal report

None of the 48 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the watadminsvc.exe file.

None of the 48 anti-virus programs detected the watadminsvc.exe file.

Folder name variants

watadminsvc.exe may also be located in other folders than c:\windows\system32\wat\. The most common variants are listed below:

Hashes [?]

PropertyValue
MD53cec96de223e49eaae3651fcf8faea6c
SHA2564150dab33e8d61076f1d4767bcafc9b4eccccbd58fd4fb3cfe5b8d27dcdcab61

Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to watadminsvc.exe:

watadminsvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

watadminsvc.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

Windows Activation Technologies Service has stopped working.

End Program - watadminsvc.exe. This program is not responding.

watadminsvc.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

watadminsvc.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

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What did other users do?

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User vote results: There were 35 votes to remove and 73 votes to keep

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Comments

Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

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Appeared as a scheduled task after a Windows Update. Related to Windows Activation.

# 25 Nov 2019, 23:39

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