What is Musnotifyicon.exe in Windows 10 ?

Many times we see a situation where we don’t know what to do. And especially if it’s about computers and no prior information, things can go from bad to worse for us in a couple of clicks. To avoid that, we can know certain things about our PC or laptop. One of them is Musnotifyicon.exe  MusNotificationUx.exe, MusDialogHandlers.dll, and MusUpdateHandlers.dll

In this article, one will find all the information regarding Musnotifyicon.exe. Whether it is a threat or not to your computer system, why is it there on your PC or laptop, and how can you disable and remove it without harming the computer system?

So here is everything you need to know about Musnotifyicon.exe in Windows 10.

What is Musnotifyicon.exe?

Musnotifyicon.exe is an executable file from windows, which is called “Windows Update Status Icon. “Exe or Executable files on your PC or laptops are files that have an encoded sequence of instructions. 

The system available on your computer, PC, or laptop can execute exe directly when someone clicks the file icon. Extension files are considered a high-security risk, including EXE, BAT, COM, CMD, INF, IPA, OSX, PIF, RUN, and WSH.

Musnotifyicon.exe can be found in the C:\Windows\System32 folder in your Windows 10. It is not a virus or malware; instead, it is used by Windows so that it can show “Windows Update Status Icon” in the Taskbar notification area.  

If you look deeper, you will find two more DLL files related to these executables in the same directory:

  1. MusDialogHandlers.dll (Modern Update Settings Scan Dialog Handlers)
  2. MusUpdateHandlers.dll (Modern Update Settings Handler Implementation)

Full form of MUS is  Modern Update Settings.

All Mus* EXE and DLL files are actually part of this new “Windows Update Status Icon” feature. 

How to remove MusNotifyIcon.exe?

If you wish to remove the file from your PC and Laptop, then you can do so through the process of Task Manager. The process will clear the Windows Update Status Icon from the notification area. Even after following the procedure, the icon does not go away; move your mouse cursor over the icon, and it will surely disappear from Taskbar.

How to Disable MusNotifyIcon.exe from running in the background?

If you do not want your PC to execute the MusNotifyIcon.exe and other related exe without your prior permission, then you have the option to disable the update by Windows 10. Follow the steps to disable MusNotifyIcon.exe from running in the background.

  1.  Open Task Scheduler using taskschd.msc command.
  2. Go to the “Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator” folder. On the right side, try to find the task which you want to disable from running in the background.
  3. As a user, you can turn off or remove such updates from your PC, which will then block Windows 10 from running this exe automatically.

How to Fix MusNotifyIcon.exe error?

If you are receiving an error notification of MusNotifyIcon.exe, then you can try the following steps to fix the error. If the first step doesn’t work, make sure to use the second and third options. That will surely fix the bug. 

Step 1: How to restore PC back before the error occurred. This method will work on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.

To start the process of restoring, follow the steps given below:

  1. Press the Windows button
  2. As the search box appears, type “System Restore” on it and then press “ENTER.”
  3. When the results start to show, try finding and clicking System Restore.
  4. Enter the administrator password if required/prompted.
  5. Follow all the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Lastly, Restore your computer to that backup image.

Step 2: Reinstall Microsoft Office Access 2010 (or related software)

To until the Microsoft Office Access 2010 (or related software), follow the steps given below:

  1. Press the Windows Start button
  2. As the search box appears, type “Uninstall” on it and then press “ENTER.”
  3. In the search results, try finding and click on “Add or Remove Programs.”
  4. Try finding the entry, namely Microsoft Office Access 2010 14, and click on the option “Uninstall.”
  5. After uninstalling the Microsoft Office Access 2010 software, restart the system and again install Microsoft Office Access 2010 software.

Step 3: Performing a Windows Update

This is the last method to restore back the image before the error. Running a windows update may solve the issue. 

It has been seen many times that MusNotifyIcon.exe error messages that we receive in our notification bar can be attributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, follow the steps given below:

  1. Press the Windows Start button
  2. When the search bar appears, type “Update” on it and then press “ENTER.”
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click on “Check for Updates” or any other similar button depending on which Windows version you have on your PC
  4. If any update is available for download, then click “Install Updates.”

When the update is complete restarts your PC or Laptop.

Following the third step, if you still encounter the error, go through the last step, which is for advanced PC users only. If you have no prior information about it, consult a professional.

Reinstall the Windows 10 version on your PC, a not corrupt and virus free version available. You need to install a clean version of Windows 10 on your PC. Make sure to keep safe any of your data before removing the windows from your PC. The booting system will remove everything, so don’t try this if you have never installed an Operating system before.


With computers will come many errors and we simply can’t run to the professional every time right? This little bug can be fixed with the few steps described above. Make sure to complete one process before jumping to the other. 


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