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6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.97%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 87.44%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 10.63%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.48%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.48%



Device Association Framework Provider Host by Microsoft

This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.


There are 5 versions of dashost.exe in the wild, the latest version being 6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214). dashost.exe is run as a standard windows process under the context of the LOCAL SERVICE account. The average file size is about 61.9 KB. The executable is a .NET framework assembly utilizing the CLR. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0006% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 4.77 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 11.26 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 282 Bytes per minute for reads and 821 Bytes per minute for writes.

What is dashost.exe?

Device Association Framework Provider Host enables pairing between the system and wired or wireless devices. This service is new for Windows 8.


File name:dashost.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Device Association Framework Provider Host
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\dashost.exe

VersionsAll file variations of dashost.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
cf56f49e34e4ec1cd2c72a19bd85ced1 337901cc4fade19636a3626a53ac0eb5b97e7aa0 90 KB
b278b76ff26be911dd369724612f2d03 08ae55cb8d137e3f1a88b0345d4e59c912876161 66.5 KB
42e13c8c5d2d1040dbf1908387bcb420 dcddbdbd887cc471dbc130dfadf74a4297c6241f 44 KB
3f76e390ad551fd885f2c0e5b409a3c6 a9d51591dc29854d029643471e5dce90eaabce53 65.5 KB
84968accc6b97e6d9e16308e8e41c0d2 753bf123904f59074f939faa9bf87f0065d5fa63 43.5 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 8 Pro 42.23%
Windows 8 34.95%
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 14.08%
Windows 8 Enterprise 3.40%
Windows 8 Single Language 1.94%
Windows 8 Pro N 0.97%
Windows 8 Release Preview 0.97%
Windows 8.1 Single Language Preview 0.49%
Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center 0.49%
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation 0.49%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 47.06% of Device Association Framework Provider Host.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Hewlett-Packard 22.36%
Toshiba 18.63%
Acer 16.15%
ASUS 16.15%
Dell 12.42%
Sony 6.21%
Lenovo 1.24%
Samsung 1.24%
MSI 1.24%
Packard Bell 0.62%
Alienware 0.62%
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