Dealing With Hkcmd.exe Errors

Hkcmd.exe or Hotkey Command interpreter is installed with the Intel 810 and 815 chipset graphic drivers. The process provides configuration and diagnostics options for the devices that the files are installed with. For instance, when the hkcmd.exe process is running, you may press the Ctrl+Alt+F12 or some other similar key combination to display the customized graphic properties provided by Intel.

You should note that you only need this process to be running if you want to use these graphics features on your computer. Otherwise, you can simply disable the process from the Display Properties dialog box that you can open from the Control Panel.

Although the process is not critical for Windows, if running, you must not terminate the process until you suspect that the utility is causing some problems on your system.

Resolve Errors Related to the hkcmd.exe Error

If you have Intel 82810 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)

Or Intel 82815 Graphics Controller on a Microsoft Windows NT computer, you may receive the following error message:

Cannot find c:\winnt\system\hkcmd.exe

Cause of the Error

This error message may appear if there is a problem with the Intel hardware drivers on your computer.


To resolve this error message, you may need to reinstall the Intel drivers on your computer. If you have the drivers, you may install them by following the instructions given in the Read Me file that comes with the driver. In case you don’t have the drivers, or you need the latest drivers, you may download them from the Intel Developer Website.

The following is another hkcmd.exe error that you may encounter on a Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me or Windows NT 4.0 computer, when you have Intel 82810 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) or Intel 82815 Graphics Controller installed on the system:

The HKCMD.EXE file is link to missing export HCCUTILS.DLL:IsDisplayValid."

Cause of the Error

This error usually occurs when you revert to an older version of the graphics driver than the version currently on your computer. For instance, you may encounter the error message if you revert to a 5.x version driver from a 6.x version driver.

Resolution Method

To resolve this issue, perform the following tasks:

  1. On your Windows computer, open Notepad, and then copy the following text into the window:
  2. [Version]

    DelReg = Intel.DelReg


  3. Save the file as fixreg.inf at C:\.
  4. Open Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\ and locate the fixreg.inf file, right-click on the file and then select Install.
  5. You will not receive any confirmation. Just restart your computer and in most of the cases the error will be fixed.

Another common problem with exe files is that they can turn up as harmful viruses or spyware on your computer. Once on your system, these malicious files execute malicious code, generate errors, download and install additional software and just prevent you from getting any work done. In more serious cases, malware infections may generate a fatal error, and then prevent your PC from coming back up.

To prevent and fix this situation you need good and updated antivirus and antispyware tools to perform a thorough full system scan and get rid of all malicious junk from within your system.

Last, but equally important, is to ensure that no exe errors are generated due to incorrect entries within the Windows registry. To to this, you may use an efficient registry cleaner tool, such as RegServe to perform a deep registry scan and clean up all unwanted and malicious data.