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Old 01-06-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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Wisptis.exe - How to get rid of another Microsoft annoyance

Update: An anonymous tipster has posted a small script to stop Wisptis from loading - it's small and clean, so I attached it here as well (script.zip). Either solution should work.

January 6th, 2004

(instruction also downloadable below)

The first time after I had installed Microsoft Office 2003, I noticed that whenever I run Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0, a background process is started called wisptis.exe. Once wisptis.exe has been started, it won't stop unless you kill it or reboot your system.

In general, the ways in which wisptis.exe can get installed on your system:
  • installing Journal Viewer via Windows Update
  • installing Microsoft Office 2003
So what is wisptis.exe? A quote from TabletPCDeveloper.com:
Quote:
Wisptis.exe (\Windows\System32) This executable runs as a system
service that provides pen-data collection for other components of the
SDK. When a component needs to interact with the pen (for example, to
collect ink or to detect gestures), this executable is spawned as a
service to communicate directly with the input device. On a Tablet PC,
Wisptis.exe interacts with the digitizer, whereas on a desktop it
interacts with the mouse as well. The executable’s name is an acronym
that references an outdated internal name for the team that developed it
(Windows Ink Services Platform Tablet Input Subsystem).
Well I don't have a Tablet PC and I certainly don't want an unnecessary process eating up my memory resources.

You cannot get rid of wisptis.exe by renaming or deleting it: Windows File Protection would cause it to reinstall the next time you run Adobe Acrobat.

There is even a rumor about a bug in wisptis.exe itself whereby it keeps part of the current user registry hive locked, preventing updates and eventually resulting in a corruption of the registry hive (which as reported leads to a "Userenv event 1517" on logging off or shutting down).

Others reported GDI leaks and CPU hogging. I haven't noticed the latter but can confirm that at one point, the number of open GDI handles by wisptis.exe was above 1000, which is unacceptable.

So by and large it seems wisptis.exe can make a thorough nuisance of itself.

To uninstall wisptis and Microsoft's Tablet PC Components on your PC, you must delete the following registry entries:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\{7F429620-16D1-471E-A81A-114992148034}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\wisptis.EXE
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{04A1E553-FE36-4FDE-865E-344194E69424}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{13DE4A42-8D21-4C8E-BF9C-8F69CB068FCA}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{242025BB-8546-48B6-B9B0-F4406C54ACFC}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3336B8BF-45AF-429F-85CB-8C435FBF21E4}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3EE60F5C-9BAD-4CD8-8E21-AD2D001D06EB}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{43B07326-AAE0-4B62-A83D-5FD768B7353C}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{43FB1553-AD74-4EE8-88E4-3E6DAAC915DB}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{524B13ED-2E57-40B8-B801-5FA35122EB5C}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{632A2D3D-86AF-411A-8654-7511B51B3D5F}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{65D00646-CDE3-4A88-9163-6769F0F1A97D}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6E4FCB12-510A-4D40-9304-1DA10AE9147C}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{786CDB70-1628-44A0-853C-5D340A499137}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{836FA1B6-1190-4005-B434-7ED921BE2026}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8770D941-A63A-4671-A375-2855A18EBA73}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8854F6A0-4683-4AE7-9191-752FE64612C3}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{937C1A34-151D-4610-9CA6-A8CC9BDB5D83}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9C1CC6E4-D7EB-4EEB-9091-15A7C8791ED9}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9DE85094-F71F-44F1-8471-15A2FA76FCF3}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9FD4E808-F6E6-4E65-98D3-AA39054C1255}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A5558507-9B96-46BA-94ED-982E684A9A6B}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A5B020FD-E04B-4E67-B65A-E7DEED25B2CF}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{AAC46A37-9229-4FC0-8CCE-4497569BF4D1}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C52FF1FD-EB6C-42CF-9140-83DEFECA7E29}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D8BF32A2-05A5-44C3-B3AA-5E80AC7D2576}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{DE815B00-9460-4F6E-9471-892ED2275EA5}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E3D5D93C-1663-4A78-A1A7-22375DFEBAEE}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E5CA59F5-57C4-4DD8-9BD6-1DEEEDD27AF4}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E9A6AB1B-0C9C-44AC-966E-560C2771D1E8}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{EFB4A0CB-A01F-451C-B6B7-56F02F77D76F}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F0291081-E87C-4E07-97DA-A0A03761E586}

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Components\BCA32ECD550 E1F4488DBD2A1578ACF8B
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\7040110900063 D11C8EF10054038389C\WISPFiles
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\7040110900063 D11C8EF10054038389C\WISPHidden

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TpcCom.* (all of them)

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{194508A0-B8D1-473E-A9B6-851AAF726A6D}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{56D04F5D-964F-4DBF-8D23-B97989E53418}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{773F1B9A-35B9-4E95-83A0-A210F2DE3B37}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{7D868ACD-1A5D-4A47-A247-F39741353012}

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\1125549C421D34E4DBF1036F62580BE1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\652A08B235C6DFF4C8CD41B52DE68CA4
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\9B4B5940D4625D64C85532B8CDE3BF4D
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\D656DA4A9E277A34D90D5E6FFA34E827
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\7040110900063D11C8EF10054038389C\Featu res\WISPFiles
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\7040110900063D11C8EF10054038389C\Featu res\WISPHidden

Now you can also safely delete \Windows\System32\Wisptis.exe. Make sure the process is not running; otherwise kill it before deletion.

Fully tested on an up-to-date Windows XP SP1.

Cheers,
Alex
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Old 01-06-2004, 10:21 AM   #2
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Hay-seuss, what a pain in the butt! M$ sucks.

I've noticed that there's some kind of similar thing (if I understand it correctly) that happens when you use IE. So I just avoid IE as much as possible. Unfortunately you don't have that option here.
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Old 01-10-2004, 05:54 AM   #3
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A tip: To find all the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\* entries to be deleted, search for "WISPHidden" in the registry editor.
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:58 PM   #4
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Thats really cool! Nothing I tried to get rid of this pain worked, until I followed your instruction.
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Old 01-14-2004, 12:16 PM   #5
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Thumbs up

Thanks a lot!

Could someone write an automated .inf Script for this and attach it to this thread?

In the meantime, I will try it myself...

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Old 01-14-2004, 01:25 PM   #6
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A tip: To find all the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\* entries to be deleted, search for "WISPHidden" in the registry editor.
But make sure you don't search for "Whole Word Only".
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Could someone write an automated .inf Script for this and attach it to this thread?
Attached you find such a script file.

You must rename it to unwisp.inf first, then right-click on the file and choose install. Use at your own risk

Btw, if someone has not yet removed wisptis from his/her system, could you please open your registry and look up all

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TpcCom.*

subkeys and post the names for .* here? I have them already removed, but would like to know the keys so that I can also include them in the .inf script.

Another note: If you are truly paranoid about removing wisptis, know that you can always deinstall Journal Viewer or Microsoft Office 2003, and reinstall either one to have the ugly wisptis process back on your system -- or turn on Win XP's System Restore feature prior to applying the changes.

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WISPITS.EXE

Btw, if someone has not yet removed wisptis from his/her system, could you please open your registry and look up all

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TpcCom.*

subkeys and post the names for .* here? I have them already removed, but would like to know the keys so that I can also include them in the .inf script.



On my XPSP1 system with Office 2003:

ClassicW
ClassicW.1
DrawAttrs
DrawAttrs.1
DrawAttrsXP
DrawAttrsXP.1
GenericRecognizer
GenericRecognizer.1
InkObject
InkObject.1
InkObjectXP
InkObjectXP.1
InkSettings.1
Lattice.1
RecoManager
RecoManager.1
TabletManager
TabletManager.1
UserDictionary
UserDictionary.1
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On my XPSP1 system with Office 2003...
Thanks a lot. Turns out these registry entries, though part of MS's tablet services, need not be deleted to keep wisptis from starting.
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A tip: To find all the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\* entries to be deleted, search for "WISPHidden" in the registry editor.
Excellent solution! One note on the registry search. On my XP Home machine, the WISPHidden, tried both ways, produced nothing. But using WISP produced the entire list of keys (and sub-keys).

For what it's worth, I didn't install Office2003 - just Access 2003.

Thanks again, Mike
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Attached you find such a script file.
Seems to have worked perfectly! Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2004, 12:39 PM   #12
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did anybody ever try killing acrord32.exe first ?

because it works, then you can kill wisptis.exe right after. Worked on XP home edition and windows server 2003
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because it works, then you can kill wisptis.exe right after. Worked on XP home edition and windows server 2003
But it doesn't really help to kill acrord32.exe and wisptis.exe, if the next time you run acrord32.exe, wisptis is loaded again (windows file protection). Killing it each time you start Adobe Acrobat would be just a pain in the butt.
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Just UnRegister the components

To prevent the MS Tablet PC Ink Pen components to start up, I just unregistered them.

I created an XP batch file like this:

rem -- UnRegister MS XP Tablet PC Ink Pen components
set sys32=%SystemRoot%\System32
set pfcfink=%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\INK
"%sys32%\WispTis.exe" /unregserver
"%sys32%\regsvr32.exe" /u "%sys32%\inked.dll"
"%sys32%\regsvr32.exe" /u "%pfcfink%/inkobj.dll"
"%sys32%\regsvr32.exe" /u "%pfcfink%/inkdiv.dll"
"%sys32%\regsvr32.exe" /u "%pfcfink%/tpcps.dll"
set pfcfink=
set sys32=
pause

In my PC, the components were installed by the MS Visio 2003 Viewer. That program uses an MS Installer Database (MSI), so whenever I would "Repair" such an Office program, the Tablet components get reregistered again.
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To prevent the MS Tablet PC Ink Pen components to start up, I just unregistered them.
I haven't tried it yet, but it definitely sounds good!
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