The igfxtray.exe process is installed as part of the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver packages. While the majority of users will have this driver for Windows operating systems, Intel does make graphics drivers for Linux machines as well. These drivers are responsible for a variety of visual settings with nVidia and Intel graphics cards.

File name: Igfxtray.exe
Application: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
Publisher: Intel
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Possible causes of Igfxtray.exe errors

These errors are frequently caused by conflicts with the file or installation profile, misuse of the file or respective directories, or a malicious attack on the system.

  • When conflicts arise on the profile or with the file, the application may be unable to transmit data between the necessary files.
  • When a file or directory is misused or damaged, the application as a whole may be unable to load.
  • Malicious attacks or infections on the system may render the entire system frozen or unable to perform any necessary computing functions.
Regardless of the cause, determining the best solution should be the first action step when noticing any system-related computer errors.

Is Igfxtray.exe a dangerous file (virus, malware, spyware)?

In most cases, the file is considered to be safe. However, files do become corrupt at times and some malicious files are disguised to represent known, secure system files. When that happens, they can be very difficult to detect and remove, but using a comprehensive system scan usually detects them and allows you to safely remove them.

Known Igfxtray.exe error messages

Igfxtray.exe error

Common error messages users may see include:

  • File not found: Igfxtray.exe
  • Cannot find file: Igfxtray.exe
  • Device not recognized missing Igfxtray.exe file
As the file is associated with USB connections to the computer, a keyboard, mouse, or other piece of hardware connected to the machine through a USB cable may be causing the error or may be unable to function properly due to the error.

Should I stop the Igfxtray.exe task or process within the Task Manager?

Unless you have experience managing the processes and tasks on your machine, it is best to allow a system scanner or registry scanner to handle those tasks. Many of the tasks are required for performing specific operations on your machine and removing them may cause your program or entire computer to malfunction or reboot.

Should I download a new copy of the Igfxtray.exe file?

The only time you should ever download a new version of a system file is when it comes through an application update or from the publisher directly. Be very cautious when downloading system files from third-party websites as they may contain additional software that you would install without knowing. This could cause an even larger issue than the error you are getting from this file!
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Best way to fix Igfxtray.exe errors

When these errors occur, verify if any new hardware or software has been added. If so, simply removing the new hardware or software may resolve the issue. If not, follow the steps below.

  1. Scan for any driver updates for new equipment. If new equipment or programs have been loaded, they may require updated drivers. Download new, secure drivers and perform a clean system restart.
  2. Download and install updates for the operating system. Regardless of the operating system version you are using, it is always considered good practice to install the latest security updates.
  3. Use anti-virus and anti-malware applications. Most virus scanners will protect your machine from basic threats. To increase your protection, use a malware scanner as well.
If the above steps fail to resolve the issue, it may be due to outdated hardware or software.

More information about Igfxtray.exe

This process is closely related with other Intel Graphics driver files. These drivers are supported by the majority of Intel systems and by Microsoft Windows operating systems including and beyond Windows XP. Errors with this process (or other video driver processes) may result in imperfect video quality or poor performance from the machine as as whole.

Issues with this file may contribute to errors with other system files as well. When this file becomes damaged, not only can the video settings and quality be compromised, but the overall function of the computer as a whole may be decreased as well. Additionally, this file may trigger errors with other system files like the searchindexer.exe file.