Syntpenh.exe is a Synaptics touchpad driver that is installed on laptops using the Synaptics touchpad. The syntpenh process offers additional configuration and support for the touchpad. At times, the process is essential for some computer configurations. For example, IBM Thinkpads that have UnltraNav, which is a pointstick and touchpad combo, requires the syntpenh.exe process to enable certain advanced features such as scrolling.
SynTPEnh.exe is a Microsoft signed file and it is loaded during the Windows start up process. By default, the file is stored in the C:\ProgramFiles\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe folder. In the Windows registry, the entries related to syntpenh.exe can be located in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key.
On Windows Vista, the size of the syntpenh.exe file can be around 808 Kb and on Windows XP the file is known to be found in the following sizes: 688,218, 512,000, 761,947, 536,576, 610,304, 729,178 bytes, , 761,945 , 761,946, 495,616, 499,712, 815,104, 557,056, 774,233, 794,713, 491,520, 569,344, 827,392, 352,256, 1,015,808, 708,698, 857,648, 684,032, 729,177, 401,408, 766,041, 413,696, 1,021,224, 532,480, 397,312 bytes, 1,045,800, 577,536, 581,632, 1,024,000, 507,904, 614,400, 37,760, 1,029,416, 37,163, 503,808, 1,573,160, 26,636, 36,996, 27,660, 606,208, 573,440, 737,369, 684,123, 692,315, 737,370, 16,897 bytes, 25,600, 692,314, 14,860, 684,122, 688,217, 1,348,904, and 851,968 bytes.
Should Syntpenh.exe be Disabled?
Although the syntpenh.exe process is not an essential Windows process, you should not remove it unless you suspect that it is causing errors and your system hang ups. It is recommended not to disable this executable file as it is required for various essential applications to run properly.
Syntpenh.exe Errors and Fixes
The following syntpenh.exe related error can occur if you leave your computer with this process idle for more than 15-20 minutes.
Syntpenh.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
This error can be fixed by downloading and installing an updated version of the Synaptics Touchpad driver. The driver can be downloaded from the Synaptics official website.
Synaptic Touchpad drivers can also cause the following problems:
- Excessive CPU usage
- Problems in the installation of specific software packages.
- Frequent laptop freeze ups.
In most cases, these errors are fixed when you download the updated versions of the driver definitions. To ensure that your device drivers are updated at all times, you may seek the help of a reliable driver scanner tool, such as Driver Finder.
In case the problem persists, follow the steps listed below to stop the process.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Task Manager.
- On the Processes tab, select the SYNTPENH and SYNTPLPR processes one-by-one and then click the End Process button to kill them.
When you disable this process, keep in mind that you will no longer be able to use your laptop’s touchpad and may need to attach an external mouse to your laptop.
Determining if Syntpenh.exe is a Virus or Spyware
Syntpenh.exe by itself is not harmful to your computer. It may not be a Windows system file, but it can be essential for running some input devices and removing it can cause you inconvenience and unnecessary problems.
However, it has been seen that when your system is infected by a malicious program, the virus or spyware may take the name of an existing windows process. For example a virus or spyware can take names very similar to Syntpenh.exe, such as syntenh.exe, syntpnh.exe, or syntpeh.exe. This is the reason why it is essential for you to know all the process running on your system. You can check the running processes by using the Task Manager. If you find some suspicious processes running on your system, then check the location of the specific files to determine they are harmful or not.
In case you are not sure about the authenticity of the file then do not attempt to just delete it because doing this may cause more problems. At this point, you should scan your system with a reliable antivirus and antispyware software to detect any malicious program and then remove it from your PC.
In some cases Syntpenh.exe errors can also occur due to incorrect or corrupt entries in the system registry. In such cases it is advisable to scan and clean your Windows registry using an advanced and reliable registry cleaner tool, such as PC Health Boost.