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Should I remove VAIO Control Center?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #496
United States Rank #1,371
Reach 1.5450%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.79 days
288.75 days >
Average installed length: 151.72 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.4.1.13060 1.06%
6.4.0.10290 0.01%
6.4.0.10211 0.00%
6.4.0.10210 0.27%
6.3.8.13060 1.50%
6.3.5.10090 0.02%
6.3.2.09100 0.06%
6.3.0.08050 0.54%
6.3.0.07090 0.32%
6.2.18.09160 0.00%
6.2.12.13060 1.46%
6.2.8.08290 0.66%
6.2.7.07050 0.04%
6.2.1.03250 1.28%
6.2.0.05100 0.06%
6.2.0.04110 0.37%
6.2.0.03070 7.25%
6.1.13.13060 0.09%
6.1.10.08290 0.03%
6.1.0.10300 7.23%
6.0.25.09160 0.00%
6.0.21.13060 0.18%
6.0.16.08290 0.09%
6.0.5.10150 0.67%
6.0.2.08311 0.38%
6.0.1.08290 0.28%
6.0.0.08280 0.30%
6.0.0.08200 10.90%
5.5.0.06050 0.05%
5.4.0.02260 0.09%
5.2.5.01220 0.16%
5.2.4.11260 0.02%
5.2.2.16060 1.09%
5.2.1.15070 5.01%
5.2.0.16230 0.00%
5.2.0.16120 0.54%
5.2.0.14230 0.82%
5.1.3.12120 0.45%
5.1.0.11160 0.05%
5.1.0.09300 0.48%
5.0.0.08051 0.08%
5.0.0.07070 3.31%
4.5.0.04280 0.21%
4.5.0.03040 12.89%
4.4.0.11260 1.93%
4.3.0.05310 10.16%
4.2.0.15020 3.34%
4.1.1.07160 4.89%
4.1.1.03100 1.05%
4.1.0.10160 5.10%
4.0.0.07280 0.89%
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VAIO Control Center

What is VAIO Control Center?

This is a GUI for controlling special features in Sony VAIO laptops such as battery charge limiter, keyboard backlight, ambient light sensor, etc.

Overview

VAIO Control Center is a software program developed by Sony. It is typically pre-installed with most new Sony computers. The most common release is 4.5.0.03040, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named vaio control center.exe. The setup package generally installs about 98 files and is usually about 2.76 MB (2,896,763 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 21% of users of VAIO Control Center come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

This program is pre-installed on Sony PCs

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.
Sony has been criticized for loading its VAIO laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes. Sony also offers a Fresh start option in some countries which allows a new computer to be shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software pre-installed.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Sony 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: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Control Center
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{8E797841-A110-41FD-B17A-3ABC0641187A}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 2.76 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Control Center

Program executable:vaio control center.exe
Name:VAIO Control Center
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\vaio control center\vaio control center.exe
MD5:a1d55a92f92f0dfabc6f8fb52cd6b6ab
Additional files:
  • SUSCommonSetting.dll - Setting Utility Series
  • Frn.dll - Sony Corporation Frn (Frn DLL)
  • 3DSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (VAIO Control Center(3DSettingDll Module))
  • AdvanceStandby.dll - VAIO Control Center(AdvanceStandbyDll Module)
  • AppMonitorSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (AppMonitorSetting Module)
  • AutoBrightnessSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(AutoBrightnessSetting Module)
  • AutoDimmerSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (AutoDimmerSetting Module)
  • BackupPopup.exe - VAIO Control Center (BackupPopup Module)
  • BackupSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (BackupSetting Module)
  • BackupWizard.exe - Starting Backup
  • BCFNSSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(BCFNSSetting Module)
  • BCFSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(BCFSetting Module)
  • BootManagerSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (BootManagerSetting Module)
  • ClickPadDll.dll - VAIO Control Center (ClickPad Module)
  • ClickPadSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (ClickPadSetting Module)
  • ColorModeSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(ColorModeSetting Module)
  • CommonSetting.dll
  • CPUFanSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(CPUFanSetting Module)
  • DefaultSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (DefaultSetting Module)
  • DisplaySetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(DisplaySetting Module)
  • ExecuteApp.exe - VAIO Control Center (ExecuteApp)
  • HDDProtectionSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (HDDProtectionSetting Module)
  • HDDSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (HDDSetting Module)
  • HDMIDisplaySetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(HDMIDisplaySetting Module)
  • InputSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (InputSetting Module)
  • KBDBacklightSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(KBDBacklightSetting Module)
  • LBHSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(LBHSettingDll Module)
  • LEDSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (LEDSetting Module)
  • LidSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(LidSetting Module)
  • MicrophoneSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(MicrophoneSetting Module)
  • NetworkSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (Network Setting Module)
  • PenTouchSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(PenTouchSetting Module)
  • PenWakeSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(PenWakeSetting Module)
  • PluginDll.dll
  • PointingDeviceSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(PointingDeviceSetting Module)
  • PowerPlanSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(PowerPlanSetting Module)
  • RapidWakeSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(RapidWakeSetting Module)
  • RealitySetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(RealitySetting Module)
  • RefreshRateSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(RefreshRateSetting Module)
  • SBMsg.exe - VAIO Control Center(SBMsg Module)
  • SBRes.dll - VAIO Control Center(SBRes Module)
  • SC2Setting.dll - VAIO Control Center(SC2SettingDll Module)
  • SCSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(SCSetting Module)
  • SForceSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (SForceSetting Module)
  • ShellExecuteApp.exe - VAIO Control Center (ShellExecuteApp)
  • ShowAgainSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (ShowAgainSetting Module)
  • ShowDesktop.exe - VAIO Control Center (ShowDesktop)
  • SmartConnectWork.exe - VAIO Control Center (SmartConnectWork Module)
  • SoundDisplay.dll - VAIO Control Center (SoundDisplay Module)
  • SoundEffectSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (SoundEffectSetting Module)
  • SoundSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(SoundSetting Module)
  • SpecialButtonSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(SpecialButtonSetting Module)
  • SuperDKProxy.exe - VAIO Control Center (SuperDKProxy Module)
  • SUS3DSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center (SUS3DSetting Module)
  • SUSBackupSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(SUSBackupSettingDll Module)
  • SUSLaunchStartDes.exe - VAIO Control Center (SUSLaunchStartDes Module)
  • SUSSoundProxy.exe - VAIO Control Center(SUSSoundProxy Module)
  • SwitchControl.dll - VAIO Control Center (SwitchControl Resource)
  • SynKitWrapper.dll - VAIO Control Center (SynKitWrapper Module)
  • SystemSetting.dll - VAIO Control Center(SystemDll Module)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • VAIO Control Center.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0637F511-BC37-4F93-9138-B8B9236D426A}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VAIO Clip.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VAIO Clip.
Service
  • VESMgr.exe runs as a service named 'VAIO Event Service' (VAIO Event Service) "@"C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\VAIO Control Center\VESRes.dll",-10624".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

SUSSoundProxy.exe
Memory:2.64 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000374283%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002536%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001207%
0.015104% average

How do I remove VAIO Control Center?

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

PC BRAND OF CHOICE
100%
Sony
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.61%
Windows 8 39.08%
Windows Vista 5.17%
Windows XP 0.12%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.13%
Windows 8.1 15.13%
Windows 8 7.05%
Windows 7 Professional 6.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

21.05% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 21.05%
  United Kingdom 9.27%
  Germany 8.30%
  Italy 6.00%
  India 4.42%
  France 4.35%
  Brazil 3.86%
  Canada 3.77%
  Spain 2.37%
  Netherlands 2.09%
  Mexico 2.01%
  Belgium 1.90%
  Iran 1.90%
  Australia 1.75%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com

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