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How to Disable an HP Digital Imaging Monitor

Updated March 23, 2017

The HP Digital Imaging Monitor is a program used by many HP all-in-one printers. It is installed automatically into the start-up folder and launches automatically when you start your computer. It consumes volume system resources and can slow down performance. You can disable the HP Digital Imaging feature from launching at computer start-up, and launch it anytime you want to use it.

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click in the "Start Search" box if you are using Windows 7 or Vista. For Windows XP users, click "Run."

Type "msconfig" (without quotes) in the search box and press "Enter" to launch the Systems Configuration Utility control.

Select the "Startup" tab. You should see a list of the applications that launch automatically when you start your computer.

Scroll through the list of start-up programs and uncheck the HP Digital Monitor application. You may notice it by its processor, "hpqtra08.exe."

Click "Apply" to save the changes and click "OK." When prompted, restart your computer.

Tip

Alternatively, you can remove the application from the start-up folder to disable it if you do not see it on the "Systems Configuration Utility" control. To do so, click "My Computer" on the desktop to launch Windows Explorer. Double-click the "C:" drive and double-click the "Users" (Windows 7 and Vista or "Documents and Settings" (Windows XP) folder. Double-click your "username" (Windows 7 and Vista) or "All Users" (Windows XP) folder and double-click the "Start Menu" folder. Double-click the "Programs" folder and double-click the "Startup" folder. Locate the "hpqtra08.exe" or "HP Digital Imaging Monitor" icon and drag it out of the start-up folder to another folder or location on your computer.

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Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.