TextInputHost.exe: What is it & How to Disable it

You can disable this process using Task Manager

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  • The textinputhost.exe file enables the text input process in the Universal Windows Platform.
  • Viruses or malware can duplicate this file and cause issues.
  • You can disable this process by changing the name of the file.
What is textinputhost.exe
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There are several executable files and background processes that are required for your PC to run smoothly and operate all the processes. The textinputhost.exe is another such executable file.

In this guide, we will explain what is textinputhost.exe and how you can disable it. We will also discuss whether or not this is a safe file and should remain on your PC or not. Let us get right into it.

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What is TextInputHost.exe?

The textinputhost.exe is an important Microsoft executable file. Notably, it is a part of the Windows Feature Experience Pack and is often known as Windows System File or Microsoft or GameEngine, or UX.Client.ST.

It is responsible for the text input process for UWP (Universal Windows Platform). So, it is important for the Windows OS to have this file for its proper functioning.

You will find the textinputhost.exe file inside the C:\Windows\SystemApps\MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_cw5n1h2txyewy\InputApp\ or C:\Windows\SystemApps\MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_cw5n1h2txyewy\ locations.

However, just like every other exe file, malware or virus can mask or duplicate the TextInputHost.exe file and affect the performance of your computer.

How can I know if the textinputhost.exe file is dangerous?

We have given you the actual location where you can find the textinputhost.exe file. In case, the file is found on a different location in your PC, then there are higher chances that this file isn’t legit and is an infected file.

So, you should first check the location of the textinputhost.exe file, because if you will block or remove the original file, then your emoji picker tool and the GIF image selector tool won’t be able to fetch any images.

How do I disable the textinputhost.exe?

Change the file name

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key.
  2. Open Task Manager.
  3. Select Microsoft Text Input Application process and hit the End task button.
  4. Press the Win + E keys to open the File Explorer.
  5. Navigate to the below path. C:\Windows\SystemApps\MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_cw5n1h2txyewy\
  6. Rename the InputApp folder to anything.

This will help you disable the textinputhost.exe file and this solution was suggested by our reader and has helped users to accomplish the task.

How do I remove textinputhost.exe from my PC?

1. Scan the PC for virus

  1. Press the Win key to open the Start menu.
  2. Open Windows Security.
  3. Select Virus & threat protection.
  4. Choose Quick Scan.
  5. You can also click on Scan options and select Full scan for an in-depth scan.
  6. Apply the prompted fixes.
  7. Restart your PC.

Viruses and malware can create a copy of the textinputhost.exe file and cause your system to misbehave. In such a case, we would suggest you scan your PC and remove the virus, if any.

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2. Disable Asus GPU Tweak II

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key.
  2. Type control panel and open the app.
  3. Select Programs and Features.
  4. Right-click on Asus GPU Tweak II and select Uninstall.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall the program from your PC.
  6. Reboot your PC.

Asus laptops come with Asus GPU Tweak II software that helps monitor and adjust the graphics card settings and overclock your GPU.

However, one of our readers pointed out that after trying out several solutions and disabling apps, exiting the Asus GPU Tweak II software helped get rid of the TextInputHost.exe. You can also try out this solution if you own an Asus laptop.

3. Run an SFC scan

  1. Press the Win key to open the Start menu.
  2. Open the Command Prompt as an admin.CMD elevated CAPICOM.dll
  3. Type the below command and press Enter. sfc /scannow
  4. Wait for the process to complete.
  5. Restart your PC.

Fixing corrupt or missing system files can help get rid of issues such as the textinputhost.exe file causing issues.

That is it from us in this guide. We have a guide that explains what is Startmenuexperiencehost.exe and how you can disable it if it is not an important executable file.

Let us know in the comments if you found any other ways to end this textinputhost.exe process.

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