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Should I remove Minitab Software Update Manager?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,916
United States Rank #5,874
Reach 0.0727%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.33 days
629.17 days >
Average installed length: 330.58 days


VersionDistribution 32.68% 56.43% 10.89%

Typically installed together

Minitab Software Update Manager

What is Minitab Software Update Manager?

Minitab Software Update Manager is the software update program that runs with Windows in the background and checks for updates, and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings. The program can be configured by the user for maintaining a schedule for when to check the remote server for periodic software updates. If it finds an item to download, it will download and install the new update.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 main program executable is softwaremanager.exe. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 4.74 MB (4,965,432 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: www.minitab.com/support/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Minitab Shared\Software Manager\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Minitab Shared\Software Manager\Setup\Setup.exe /p SoftwareManager /x
Estimated size: 4.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Minitab Software Update Manager

Program executable:softwaremanager.exe
Name:Minitab Software Update Manager
Signed by:Minitab
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\minitab shared\software manager\softwaremanager.exe
Additional files:
  • SetupResources.dll - Minitab Setup Resources

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SoftwareManager.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Minitab Software Update Manager' (runs monthly on Thursdays at 6:12 AM).
  • SoftwareManager.exe runs as a service named 'McNeel Update Service 5.0' (McNeelUpdate) "McNeel Update Service 5.0".

How do I remove Minitab Software Update Manager?

Quickly and completely remove Minitab Software Update Manager from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Minitab Software Update Manager 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 Minitab Software Update Manager, 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 Minitab Software Update Manager.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win XP 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.83%
Windows 8 32.38%
Windows XP 3.14%
Windows Vista 2.45%
Windows 8.1 0.10%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.42%
Windows 7 Professional 15.48%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.74%
Windows 8.1 11.34%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.04%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.04%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.25% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.25%
  United Kingdom 4.45%
  Mexico 3.96%
  Iran 3.23%
  Canada 3.23%
  India 3.15%
  Brazil 2.67%
  Australia 1.94%
  Peru 1.62%
  Spain 1.37%
  Germany 1.37%
  Turkey 1.37%
  Indonesia 1.29%
  Italy 1.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.62%
Dell 25.66%
Acer 10.18%
Toshiba 9.48%
ASUS 8.79%
Lenovo 7.95%
Samsung 5.02%
Alienware 0.84%
Apple 0.70%
Intel 0.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.16%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.63%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.02%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.02%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.72%
HP Pavilion g4 Notebook P... 2.42%

About (from Minitab, Inc.)

Minitab Inc. delivers software and services for quality improvement and statistics education.
Publisher URL: www.minitab.com


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