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What’s MediaCreationTool22H2.exe (Windows 10 Setup)? Is it safe or a virus?

This Windows Media Creation Tool is a very useful executable that our own team here at SpyShelter uses for our own PCs, or virtual machines.

In our Cybersecurity Lab here in Austin, we often use MediaCreationTool22H2.exe (made by Microsoft itself) to create clean installs for Windows PCs along with many other things related to the Windows OS itself.

This useful software allows us to upgrade our current PC operating systems to Windows 10/11, or to create a bootable USB or DVD for making a clean install of Windows 10/11.

It also provides options for downloading the latest Windows updates and creating a backup of the current Windows System files. It's important to download the latest security updates to keep your PC safe.

MediaCreationTool22H2.exe simplifies the process of installing Windows, making it easier for anyone to update their operating system, or perform a clean install of Windows.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes MediaCreationTool22H2.exe (Windows 10 Setup)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of MediaCreationTool22H2.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is MediaCreationTool22H2.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the MediaCreationTool22H2.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find MediaCreationTool22H2.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 2, 2024

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