Fix “Igfxtray.exe File Is Linked To Missing Export” Error

Igfxtray.exe is a part of Intel Common User Interface for chipsets with integrated graphics controllers which allows users to change different driver properties. This process adds an icon in your system tray through which you can quickly access and change the properties of your graphics card, such as resolution and color depth.

File Information

The Igfxtray.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32 and is a Microsoft signed file. Igfxtray.exe is not a Windows system file.

Is it necessary to keep Igfxtray.exe as a startup application?

Many processes automatically load on system startup. These processes use a good amount of your system resources. Therefore, you should only let the critical processes load automatically on system startup.

By default, Igfxtray.exe is automatically loaded on system startup, but if you do not change your graphic card’s configuration frequently then we recommend that you remove this process from your startup sequence. Besides, you can directly run igfxtray.exe from the application menu whenever you need it.

Follow the steps below to remove igfxtray.exe from startup applications:

  1. Go to Start, Run and type msconfig.
  2. In the System Configuration utility that opens, click the Startup tab.
  3. Locate and clear the igfxtray checkbox.
  4. Restart your PC.

Fix Igfxtray.exe Error

Error message: “The IGFXTRAY.EXE file is linked to missing export.

You may receive the above error message if you change to a previous version of the graphics driver. For instance, if you use 6.x driver and revert to 5.x graphics driver, then you may encounter this problem.

For a Windows 2000/98/95/NT4.0 operating system you can rectify this problem by following the steps given below:

  1. Copy the text given below
  2. [Version]
    signature="$CHICAGO$"

    [DefaultInstall]
    DelReg = Intel.DelReg

    [Intel.DelReg]
    HKLM,SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{280A8F40-E382-11D2-B561-00A0C92E6848}\shellex\PropertyPageHandlers\igfxcfg\diagHandler,,,
    HKLM,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run,IgfxTray,,
    HKLM,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run,HotKeysCmds,,

  3. Paste this text in a notepad. Save the notepad in C:\ as fixreg.inf. Make sure you choose Save as type: All Files in the Save dialog box.
  4. Open Windows Explorer and locate the file you just saved. Right-click on fixreg.inf file and select install.
  5. Restart your computer.

How to make sure the Igfxtray.exe file running on your PC is not a virus or spyware

Writers of malicious programs, such as virus, spyware, and adware try to hide unsolicited files on your PC by giving them similar names as existing Windows tasks. This prevents computer users from easily identifying these harmful files.

To ensure that no such files exist on your PC, we recommend you check the current processes that are running on your machine. To do this, press Ctrl+ Alt + Del to open Windows Task Manager and then display the Processes tab. Go through the list and see if you can locate any similar name tasks. If you see any discrepancy, then check where the suspected file is located. For instance, if you see a task that has a similar name to igfxtray.exe running on your system then always check the location of that file.

We recommend that you do not directly delete these suspected files, as you may lose important data in doing so. Instead, scan your PC using good antivirus and antispyware utilities to correct the problem. Also, remember to scan your registry using an advanced registry cleaner tool, such as PC Health Boost to get rid of all malicious and unwanted entries from the registry.