The Hidserv.exe Error

Hidserv.exe stands for Human Interface Device Server. This executable file supports USB devices for Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), 2000, ME, and XP operating systems. On Windows 98 the file is named MMHid or MultiMedia Human Interface Device.

File Information

By default, the hidserv.exe file is located in the C:\system32\hidserv.exe folder. It is a background service that provides support for Audio devices, such as USB gaming joystick. The process also enables Audio controls though a USB connection. For example, the process enables you to use your USB multimedia keyboard to control volume levels. Note that on HP computers, HIDSERV manages the sound controls for both USB and PS/2 keyboards.

If you do not use any of these features, you may disable the process from startup programs by using the System Configuration Utility (msconfig).

Hidserv.exe Problems

You may come across the following error message at system Startup:

"Hidserv.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You need to restart the program.

An error log is being created.”

The following are some of the methods that you can use to fix this error:

  • Update your keyboard and mouse drivers to ensure that you have the latest files on your PC. One simple and efficient way to do this is by using a good driver scanner tool, such as Driver Finder.
  • Clean all the files in the Temp folder. You can easily do this by using the Disk Cleanup tool that comes with Windows.
  • Use efficient antivirus and antispyware tools to perform a thorough scan of your PC and remove any malware infestations from it.
  • Scan, clean, and repair your registry by using a good registry tool, such as RegServe. This will help you prevent any errors that may occur due to corrupt or erroneous registry. Cleaning the registry also helps in optimizing the PC for faster performance.

Most of the PC problems can be easily prevented through proper and regular easy maintenance. Regular software updates, antivirus and spyware scan, disk cleanup and defragmentation, and regular registry clean up are some of the essential maintenance tasks that you may perform.