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Running process WSCommCntr1.exe

A - answer The WSCommCntr1.exe process may stay running (doesn't terminate) after you exit AutoCAD (or Inventor or Revit) or it may take too much system resources (CPU time) during the running session of your CAD application.

This background process is a part of the Autodesk Communication Center module, which checks for web updates (service packs), subscription center messages, preset RSS channels and other online information when you run AutoCAD.

Due to its nature (online internet communication), this process is susceptible to various problems and conflicts with firewalls, anti-virus programs (and viruses), communication and network settings.

In case of problems you may want to switch it off. You can do this either one-off by killing the WSCommCntr1 process in the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), or by completely disabling the Communication Center module. You can disable this module using the "CAD Manager Tools" (see your CAD setup media) or in the Registry.

Run REGEDIT and go to:

HKLM/Software/Autodesk/Rxx.x/ACAD-xxx:xxx/CADmanager Control/Communication Center

and set the keys "EnableCommunicationCenter", "EnableNonPatchNotifications" and "MaintenancePatchNotificationOption" to 0 (zero).

The Communication Center (including the WSCommCntr1 process) is now disabled.

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