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What percent of users and experts removed it?
23% remove it77% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,354
United States Rank #1,625
Reach 0.5958%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.00 days
118.08 days >
Average installed length: 62.04 days


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8.7.5 7.53%
8.7.4 6.30%
8.7.3 4.29% 0.48% 5.91% 0.66% 0.74% 10.40% 13.95% 29.18% 0.02% 0.37% 5.95% 10.95% 3.18%

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HP Software Setup

What is HP Software Setup?

This is the HP printer software installation setup software that is included with various HP printers.


HP Software Setup is a software program developed by Hewlett-Packard. It is typically pre-installed with most new Hewlett-Packard computers. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named HPSoftwareSetup.exe. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 84.86 MB (88,977,226 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 39% of users of HP Software Setup come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
HP like most PC manufacturers engage in the pre-installation of various types of bloat and trialware. Recently, HP released a new service when purchasing a PC (typically for business customers) called HP Premier Image.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the HP PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\SWSetup\AppInstl\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{531000B3-DBEE-4115-BBF3-DA48B67C053F}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 84.86 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by HP Software Setup

Program executable:HPSoftwareSetup.exe
Name:Hewlett-Packard Software Setup
HP Software Setup
Additional files:
  • Setup.exe - Hewlett-Packard Application Installer (Application Installer)
  • HPSoftwareSetup.exe - Hewlett-Packard Software Setup (HP Software Setup)
  • hpqUIDll.dll - hpqUIDll Dynamic Link Library (hpqUIDll DLL)
  • BiosConfigUtility.exe - HP System Software Manager
  • hpqnt.dll - hpqnt Dynamic Link Library
  • SSM.exe
  • cvacompg.exe (by HP) - CVACOMPG

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • HPSoftwareSetup.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{07D74066-B8EB-4EDD-A0FC-338B08AB8787}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove HP Software Setup?

Quickly and completely remove HP Software Setup from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall HP Software Setup from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HP Software Setup, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove HP Software Setup.

Win 7 (SP1) 81%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 84.69%
Windows 8 15.19%
Windows XP 0.08%
Windows Vista 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 65.60%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.97%
Windows 8 3.27%
Windows 8.1 2.90%
Windows 10 Pro 2.42%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.67%
  France 4.72%
  Germany 3.41%
  United Kingdom 3.27%
  Netherlands 3.07%
  Czech Republic 3.04%
  Canada 2.43%
  Italy 2.33%
  Sweden 2.25%
  Belgium 1.91%
  Norway 1.90%
  Australia 1.72%
  South Africa 1.70%
  Austria 1.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 99.94%
Dell 0.06%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 12.48%
HP ProBook 4540s 9.07%
HP ProBook 450 G1 4.10%
HP ProBook 4520s 3.90%
HP 620 3.80%
HP ProBook 4730s 3.14%

About Hewlett-Packard

HP provides products, software solutions and services to consumers, from enterprises to consumers including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Publisher URL: www.hp.com


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