What is wsqmcons.exe and How to Disable or Delete it?

The Windows System Quality Monitor, or Wsqmcons.exe, is a digital executable file related to Microsoft’s Windows SQM (Software Quality Metrics). It collects and transmits information about the errors and issues users face while using Windows and other Microsoft products.

Microsoft uses Wsqmcons.exe to oversee how users interact with Windows and other goods. It allows them to track user engagement as well as notify them about aspects that need enhancement.

Despite not being a core Windows file, if Wsqmcons.exe causes problems, it can be turned off. Be aware, stopping it means Windows cannot send information to Microsoft for review.

1. Run SFC Scannow

Should you face any issues with Wsqmcons.exe, the SFC (System File Checker) utility can help. This command-line utility helps users fix and restore corrupted system files.

  1. Press the Win key and type Command Prompt.
  2.  Right-click the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  3. In the command prompt, type sfc/ scannow and press Enter to execute the command.
  4. Once the process completes, check to see if the issues are resolved.

2. Check for Malware

Malware sometimes mimics Wsqmcons.exe to run on your PC without detection. If Wsqmcons.exe is causing problems, there’s a chance it could be malware. Therefore, confirm that Wsqmcons.exe isn’t malware.

To do this, go to C:\Windows\System32 and look for Wsqmcons.exe. If it is not there, look for it in the Windows temporary files folder. If you find it there, it indicates your PC may have malware; scan your Windows with Windows Defender or reputable third-party antivirus software.

  1. Press the Win key and type Windows Security.
  2. Press Enter to open the settings.
  3. Choose Virus & threat Protection from the options listed and click Scan options.
  4. Next, select Full Scan and click Scan Now. The process might take more than an hour.
  5. Once done, check to see if the problem is resolved.

3. Remove the Wsqmcons.exe

Finally, if the above methods don’t help, consider disabling the Wsqmcons.exe process by deleting the Wsqmcons.exe file from the system32 folder. Wsqmcons.exe is not critical, you can safely remove it.

To delete the file from the system32 folder, you need to claim ownership of that specific file from the trusted installer. Otherwise, you will get the “You Require Permission from TrustedInstaller” error message.

  1. Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Win + E keys.
  2. Go to C:\Windows\System32 and look for Wsqmcons.exe.
  3. Claim ownership of the trusted installer by following the steps in the given link.
  4. Then, delete Wsqmcons.exe.
  5. Once finished, you shouldn’t experience any more issues.

Wsqmcons.exe is not essential. It is only used to gather user feedback for Microsoft. If you prefer not to provide feedback to Microsoft, you can disable the Wsqmcons.exe process. This won’t affect the operation of other Windows processes and applications.


Hamza Mohammad Anwar

Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.