DevHome.PI.exe: What is it & Can I Remove it?

This file is associated with Dev Home and it’s perfectly safe

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DevHome.PI exe

Many users reported an unknown application called DevHome.PI.exe running in the background in Task Manager. Is this application malware and what does it do? Let’s find out!

What is DevHome.PI.exe and why is it on my PC?

What is DevHome Pi?

DevHome.PI.exe is created by Microsoft and it’s a process related to Windows Devices Developer Center.

It’s used to provide access to software development kits and documentation, and it’s usually used by software developers.

What is the Dev Home app used for?

This app is used by developers to monitor projects more easily by using a dashboard or widgets. It can also be used to set up a development environment by downloading apps, packages or repositories.

Why is DevHome.PI.exe on my PC?

If you ever used Dev Home, this application was likely installed along with it. This isn’t the first time Dev Home installed additional software without the user’s knowledge.

Speaking of which many users reported Hotkey for Dev Home Project Ironsides on their PCs.

Is DevHome.PI.exe safe?

Yes, this file is safe to use. You can check its signature and see that it’s made by Microsoft. If you want, you can scan it with your antivirus software.

It’s worth mentioning that scanning this file with Virus Total came positive for malware, but only from a single vendor meaning that this is likely a false positive.

Can I remove DevHome.PI.exe?

No, this is a core component of Dev Home, so removing it can cause issues with it. If you don’t use Dev Home, you can remove it entirely and it will remove DevHome.PI.exe. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + S and type powershell. Choose Run as administrator.
    run windows powershell as administrator
  2. When it starts run the following command: Get-AppxPackage *Windows.DevHome* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-AppxPackage devhome powershell command
  3. Wait for it to finish.

As you can see, DevHome.PI.exe is perfectly safe, and it won’t cause any issues on your PC, but you can remove it by uninstalling Dev Home.

If you want to learn more, we have a great guide on how to download Dev Home, as well as a guide on how to use Dev Home for development, so don’t miss it.

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