Solution to Wcescomm.exe High CPU Usage Issue

Purpose of Wcescomm.exe

Wcescomm.exe stands for Windows CE Synchronization and Communication Manager and its main purpose is to synchronize Window CE devices with Windows PCs. We recommend you not terminate this process when your CE device is connected to your computer as it will stop the synchronization process abruptly and may lead to errors.

File Information

By default, the wcescomm.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files. You may find the file in 401,491, 405,583, 1,207,080, 413,775, 376,912, 401,496, 1,289,000, 1,200,128, 401,493, 1,196,032, 450,646, 442,451, 417,871, 28,172, and 1,964,840 bytes sizes. ??? ?

You may find the entries related to this process in the registry in the following locations:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

These entries enable the program to load at system startup.

Wcescomm.exe Startup Information

By default, the wcescomm.exe process loads automatically when you start your system. However, as the wcescomm.exe process is not an essential process, you can safely remove it from your startup programs. You can always reactivate this process whenever you connect your CE device to your computer.

One more reason that may force you to remove this process from your startup sequence is its high CPU usage. The wcescomm.exe process may often cause your system to become painstakingly slow.

You can perform the following steps to prevent this program from loading automatically:

  1. Go to Start and select Run.
  2. In the Open box, type msconfig and then press Enter.
  3. Next, click the Startup tab to view the list of the startup programs.
  4. Clear the box before ?Wcescomm.exe" or "Microsoft ActiveSync?.
  5. Finally, click Apply to save the changes and restart your computer. ?

Wcescomm.exe Error

This process uses ActiveSync that is a synchronization program used to transfer data between a Windows computer and a mobile device. ActiveSync is known to have issues with Symantec products. You may encounter a wcescomm.exe error if you use any Symantec product. An example is discussed below.


If you are using Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition version 8.0.x, you may get the following error on a Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer:

The application couldn’t be initialized correctly (0xc0000142)


To fix wcescomm.exe error, upgrade to Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition version 8.1.x.

Is wcescomm.exe a virus?

No, the wcescomm.exe file is a safe file and does not present any security threat to your computer. However, it is important to note that many malware programs install files that have names similar to existing processes. For example, it is possible that a malware may install a rogue process with a name similar to wcescomm.exe. To view the current processes, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click the Processes tab on the Windows Task Manager window.

If you find any unsolicited process running on your PC, run a virus/malware scan using reliable antimalware software such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to get rid of the rogue program.

It is also recommended that you run a thorough registry scan by using a reliable registry tool, such as RegServe to scan and fix any issues in the registry that might be generating the errors.