What is this random AMDAutoUpdate.exe window?

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

You’re deep into your gaming session or busy with work when suddenly, a command line window pops up out of nowhere. It’s labeled “AMDAutoUpdate.exe,” and it leaves you scratching your head. What is this mysterious blank window? Is it something to worry about? In this article, we will discuss what AMDAutoUpdate.exe is, why it appears, and what you should do about it.

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What Is AMDAutoUpdate.exe?

AMDAutoUpdate.exe is a file that comes with AMD software, mainly the Ryzen Master utility and sometimes the Adrenalin software suite. AMD is a big name in the processor and graphics world, making tools to make their products work better.

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Ryzen Master and Adrenalin

Ryzen Master helps you watch and push AMD’s Ryzen processors to do more, while Adrenalin is for AMD’s graphics cards, giving you drivers and control over graphics for gaming.
Ryzen Master

Why does AMDAutoUpdate.exe window pop up?

The AMDAutoUpdate.exe window helps the Ryzen Master software check for updates to keep your computer’s software fresh, which is important for it to run smoothly and well.

Scheduled tasks and update intervals

This updater is planned to run automatically in Windows, usually checking for updates every 15 days, but you can change this. It’s supposed to work quietly in the background, but sometimes, due to a mistake or glitch, it shows up when you’re in the middle of something like gaming.
Change Ryzen Master Update Interval

Does it affect others as well?

Some people find AMDAutoUpdate.exe popping up a small bother, while others worry it stops them from gaming or working smoothly. Some even wonder if it’s actually updating anything because it seems to just sit there doing nothing.

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Potential issues and solutions

A few people have noticed the update window popping up even when no update is happening, making them question if it’s working right. Some have tweaked the update time to be less often or turned off the task completely.

How to get rid of the AMDAutoUpdate.exe pop up?

If the pop-up bugs you and you’d rather update stuff yourself, here’s how you can stop the AMDAutoUpdate.exe task from bothering you.

Adjusting the update interval

In Ryzen Master settings (Advanced View > Settings), you can pick how often it looks for updates, from every day to once a year. This might make the pop-ups less common, but they could still happen at random times.
Fix AMDAutoUpdate.exe pop up window

Disabling the task in Task Scheduler

If you want Ryzen Master but not the auto-updates, you can use Task Scheduler in Windows to turn off or change the AMDAutoUpdate task.

  1. Open Task Scheduler by typing “Task Scheduler” in the Windows search bar.Open Task Scheduler Windows 11
  2. Navigate to the Task Scheduler Library.
  3. Find the “AMDAutoUpdate” entry.
  4. Right-click on it and select “Disable” or adjust its conditions and triggers to suit your preferences.Disable AMD Auto Update

This stops the auto-check for updates and keeps the command line window from popping up and interrupting you.

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Uninstalling Ryzen Master

If you don’t use Ryzen Master or just want to stop the pop-ups, you can uninstall the software.

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > Installed apps on your Windows machine.
  2. Search for Ryzen Master.
  3. Click on “Uninstall” and follow the prompts to remove the software from your system.Uninstall AMD Ryzen Master

This will stop the AMDAutoUpdate.exe task from running because the software it’s linked to won’t be there anymore.

Is AMDAutoUpdate.exe a virus or malware?

Most people agree AMDAutoUpdate.exe isn’t a virus or malware. It’s a real file from AMD meant to keep your computer’s software up-to-date. Still, it’s always good to double-check and make sure it’s the right file, especially if it’s in weird places or acting oddly.

Summing up

The AMDAutoUpdate.exe pop-up usually happens because of the automatic update feature in AMD software like Ryzen Master and Adrenalin. It can be annoying because it shows up suddenly and might stop what you’re doing, especially if you’re gaming.

To fix this, you can either turn off the auto-update task with Windows Task Scheduler or change the AMD software’s update settings to make the pop-ups less frequent. Some people prefer to check for updates themselves to control when their software gets updated better.

The AMDAutoUpdate.exe process is generally not something to worry about for safety. It’s a legit part of AMD’s software meant to keep your system updated. If the pop-up doesn’t bother you much, you can just let it do its thing, checking for updates to make sure your AMD software stays up-to-date and your computer runs smoothly.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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