What is pcdrcui.exe? How to Fix pcdruci.exe Corrupted Error on Windows?

What is pcdrcui.exe?

Pcdrcui.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Dell Support Center PC-Doctor, and Lenovo ThinkVantage. These applications are usually used for optimization. Therefore, Pcdrcui runs in the background every time. According to the survey, pcdrcui file was removed by 3% of users as accused of a malware file. A file with the extension of.exe usually indicates to the system files. However, it is not necessary to have a pcdrcui file because it does not belong to Windows OS, but it may cause some problems if you delete it. Some users have alleged that the pcdrcui is harmful or dangerous.

PCDRCUI.exe

We want you to know that the .exe file should be located in the subfolders of C\:Program Files. Otherwise, it may be detrimental and dangerous for the Windows OS. Pcdrcui file comes pre-installed on Dell or Lenovo computers, and it is used by some of the troubleshooting applications such as Dell SupportAssist, PC-Doctor, and Lenovo ThinkVantage.

How to fix Pcdruci.exe corrupted error on windows?

The error appears when trying to run Dell SupportAssist, PC-Doctor, and Lenovo ThinkVantage. When the error occurs, the Pcdrcui file is corrupted, and you have to restore it to prevent the error message. Corrupted registry files, high CPU or memory usage, interference of third-party antivirus, or even Windows firewall are the most common contributor factors behind corrupted files.

Speaking about the causes, if you want to know more in detail, you can read from below:-

  • A Firewall May Be Blocking- In most cases, system files get corrupted due to a firewall or antivirus. The antivirus can block or eliminate a file if a file consumes high memory usage. Usually, Windows Defender or the third-party software is behind any corrupted file as they can delete the file even if they cannot remove the essential, but at least they try, and as a result, we get a corrupted file.
  • Corrupted Registry Files- Corrupted Registry files can be one of the main reasons as they store data of every program that runs on Windows OS. Fortunately, some commands can aid in restoring registry or system files.
  • High CPU or Memory Usage- According to the users, the Pcdrcui file consumes high memory usage, which may cause a corrupt file. Therefore, we advise you to apply the below methods.

1. Reinstall Application

If allowing the Pcdrcui through the Windows firewall does not fix the error, try reinstalling the application. As the error itself says Pcdrcui is corrupted then reinstalling the application should restore the corrupted file.

  1. First, you need to uninstall the application. For that, press the Win + R on the keyboard to launch the Run Program
  2. Type Appwiz.CPL and press Enter

    Open Uninstall Programs Window
    Open Uninstall Programs Window
  3. Find the application causing the error, then right-click on it and click Uninstall/Change

    Uninstalling Program
    Uninstalling Program
  4. Once done, download the application for the official website
  5. After the downloading, follow the further instruction to install the application.

2. Start Windows in Safe Mode

If the error is still causing, try to boot Windows in Safe Mode and see if this fixes the issue. If it is, then do a clean boot. Safe Mode starts Windows with minimal drivers and basic operating system services. We are not talking about the GPU drives because the integrated GPU works in Safe Mode. A safe Mode is an excellent option for troubleshooting problems like software and driver conflicts. Having trouble while booting to Safe Mode, follow the article on Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

  1. To start Windows in Safe Mode, click Start Menu and type MSConfig

    Open System Configuration
    Open System Configuration
  2. Launch the system configuration and for a Window to appear
  3. Click Boot from the top, and tick the option Safe Mode
  4. Click Apply and press OK

    Select Safe Mode
    Select Safe Mode
  5. You will see a Restart notification, click on restart
  6. Note: In case a small Windows to restart the computer does not appear, then do a manual restart
  7. Once done, you are in the Safe Mode
  8. Now run the application which is causing Pcdrcui is Corrupted error message
  9. Then, again type MSConfig and hit Enter to open System Configuration
  10. Click on Boot and untick the Safe Mode to start Windows in normal mode
    Untick Safe Mode
    Untick Safe Mode
  11. If the error appears, don’t follow the sub-method. Proceed to the next solution.

2.1 Clean Boot Your System

A clean boot to the system will fix the error if the error does not occur in Safe Mode. A clean boot disables the third-party application that loads at the startup. It boots the Windows with some services and drivers. The difference between clean boot and Safe Mode is clean boot loads the minimum of drivers but does not disable all the services, while safe mode disables all the services except some required ones. Let’s suppose, the error does not appear after clean booting the Windows then you need to enable the services half at a time or one by one to find which application or service was causing the error otherwise you can run Windows on selective startup rather than normal startup to prevent the error message. Below are the steps that will help you to start Windows in clean boot:-

  1. Press the Win + R keys at the same time
  2. Type MSConfig in the search box and press Enter

    Go to System Configuration
    Go to System Configuration
  3. Select the Selective Startup and navigate to Services from the top
    Click Selective Startup
    Click Selective Startup
  4. Click Hide All Microsoft Services then click Disable All
  5. Click Apply then click OK

    Perform a Clean Boot
    Perform a Clean Boot
  6. Once done, the restart notification should appear on the screen
  7. Click Restart and once the Windows loads up, launch the problematic application and see if this fixes Error: Pcdrcui is Corrupted.

3. Repair System Files

Corrupted Registry Files might be causing Pcdrcui Corrupt error message. When it comes to corrupt files, we use SFC or System File Checker, a utility that allows restoring corrupted files such as DLL and registry files. System File Checker contains a DLL package used when there is any corruption in DLL files. It replaces the corrupted file with the cached. Running the System File Checker will help fix this error if it arises due to corrupted files. Follow the steps to run SFC commands:-

  1. Click Start Menu and type Command Prompt

    Run Command Prompt As Administrator
    Run Command Prompt As Administrator
  2. Run command prompt as administrator by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Enter simultaneously
  3. Click Yes when asked for Administrator Privileges
  4. Once the command prompt is launched, type the following commands and press Enter after one line of code
    sfc /scannow
    Restoring System Files
    Restoring System Files
  5. Once done, wait for the process to complete
  6. After that, try to launch the application to see if the error is fixed.

4. Scan Your Computer

Malware programs can be the sole reason behind the corrupted files as they may damage the system files and also reveal essential data. Therefore, we suggest you scan your computer. Scanning the computer will remove the malware programs and viruses that may be interfering and causing Error: Pcdrcui is Corrupted.

  1. To scan your computer, launch the Settings by pressing Windows + I on the keyboard
  2. Navigate to Update & Security

    Go to Windows Update Security
    Go to Windows Update Security
  3. Click Windows Security from the left pane, then click Virus & Threat Protection

    Navigate to Virus & Threat Protection
    Navigate to Virus & Threat Protection
  4. Click Quick Scan to start the scanning
    Starting Scanning to Find Malware Files
    Starting Scanning to Find Malware Files
  5. Once done, launch the application to check if the error is fixed.

5. Use a Restore Point (If Applicable)

If none of the methods worked, try restoring Windows to a previous state but it requires a restore point, which should be created before you encounter the error message. If you have not created a restore point, proceed to the next solution.

  1. To use a restore point, click the Start Menu, type rstrui and press enter to open it
    Navigating System Restore
    Navigating System Restore
  2. A short Windows will come up, click Next then select the recently created restore point
    Select Restore Point
    Select Restore Point
  3. Press Next and click Finish to start the process
    Click Finish to Start Restore Process
    Click Finish to Start Restore Process
  4. Once done, launch the application and check if the error persists.

6. Reset Your Windows

Resetting the Windows will remove the unnecessary files including malware and corrupted files, that might be causing Pcdrcui Corrupt error message.

  1. To reset the Windows, go to Settings by pressing the Win + I on the keyboard
  2. Navigate to Update & Security
  3. Click Recovery from the left pane
    Select Recovery From the Left Pane
    Select Recovery From the Left Pane
  4. Click on Get Started button under the Reset This PC
  5. In the upcoming Window, choose the option Keep My Files

    Click Keep My Files
    Click Keep My Files
  6. Click Local Reinstall from the listed options
    Click Local Reinstall
    Click Local Reinstall
  7. Click Next then click Reset

    Resetting Windows OS
    Resetting Windows OS
  8. After resetting the Windows, download and install the problematic application to check if the error Pcdrcui Coruptis is fixed.

If all else fails to fix the error, then you may need to reinstall the operating system.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jasmin Kahriman


Jasmin is a certified Senior Systems Engineer with over 15 years in IT Infrastructure. Jasmin holds multiple IT certifications which include CNIP, MTA, MCP, MCSA, MCT, Server+, and Network+.
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