What is csrss.exe

Wikitechy | 1511 Views | windows | 03 Jun 2016



  • Csrss stands for client/server run-time subsystem and the full description will be displayed in Windows 10 versions of operating system and is an essential subsystem that must be running at all times. 
  • Csrss holds the responsibility for console windows, creating and/or deleting threads, and some parts of the 16-bit virtual MS-DOS environment. 
  • It’s the user-mode portion of the Win32 subsystem (with Win32.sys being the kernel-mode portion). You cannot end this process from Task Manager.

Want to see the csrss process in your computer go ahead with the steps below :

While starting your computer and checking the processes with task manager. You can find csrss process running that has no information and it won’t allow you to see any property or file location. If you to try change to show processes from all users option ( you can see two), it will indicate the product owner is Microsoft. You can see the csrss in the system registry too and it’s simply not a virus.


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