Skypehost.exe (Windows Skype) is a process that runs on PCs that are powered by Microsoft's operating system Windows 10 by default.
It does so by default right after installation or first start of the operating system even if the Skype desktop software has not been installed on the machine.
Skypehost.exe powers two applications that Microsoft installs by default on systems running Windows 10: Skype and Messaging + Skype
Messaging is a chat application that Skype was added to, enabling users to send messages using Skype instead of using other forms such as SMS.
Skype Video, integrates more of Skype's functionality to Windows 10 directly. It enables you to make video calls or voice calls (by turning off the camera), and also chat with contacts.
Skypehost.exe runs as a suspended process on Windows 10 if Messaging + Skype, or Skype Video are not being used.
You can verify that in the following way:
Suspended is one of the states of an application's lifecycle on Windows 10. It is sleeping more or less, ready to switch to the running state once activated by the user or automatically.
Suspended apps use little memory and usually no cpu, and it may not make much of a difference on most systems whether skypehost.exe is listed as a suspended process or not.
Windows 10 will terminate suspended applications if resources they use are needed elsewhere.
It makes little sense on the other hand to keep the process in suspended state if Skype Video or Messaging + Skype are not used on the system.
Option 1: Uninstall Messaging + Skype
This is probably the best option for the majority of users. It is easy to carry out and uses build-in Windows options to remove the application from the system.
Check the Windows Task Manager after the uninstallation process completes. You will notice that skypehost.exe is no longer running as a process on the PC.
Option 2: Remove Skype using the PowerShell
If you cannot remove Skype using the Settings application, need more control over the process, or want to execute the uninstallation on remote computer systems, then you may use PowerShell instead to remove the apps from those systems.
Useful information about skypehost.exe
The installation directory of Microsoft Messaging, and skypehost.exe, is the following one:
Please note that the version may change when updates are released, and that you cannot open the folder using File Explorer.
The easiest way to list the folder name is to do the following:
How to restore the removed applications
If you find out at a later point in time that you need the Skype or Messaging application again, then you may want to restore the apps on the system.
The easiest way to do that is to visit Windows Store, search for the apps' name (e.g. Messaging + Skype), and install it from there. All default apps are listed in the Store.
Alternatively, use a program like 10AppsManager to restore these applications on the system.
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