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What percent of users and experts removed it?
20% remove it80% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,080
United States Rank #5,503
Reach 0.0357%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.20 days
566.55 days >
Average installed length: 297.68 days


5.00.0410 0.20%
4.10.1117.TI 0.20%
4.00.1202 1.20%
4.00.1114 11.38%
4.00.1030 4.59%
4.00.1022 8.58%
3.10.0819.NoMMC 0.20%
3.00.0825 4.19%
3.00.0731 22.95%
2.00.0626.64 1.40%
2.00.0516 3.59%
2.00.0505 5.39%
2.00.0403 12.18%
2.00.0222 0.40%
1.10.0222 0.40%
1.00.1019 23.15%

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VAIO Startup Assistant

What is VAIO Startup Assistant?

The VAIO Startup Assistant comes packaged with new VAIO PCs and will run on startup each time the computer is rebooted or a user logins.


VAIO Startup Assistant is a program developed by Sony. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Sony computers. The most used version is 1.00.1019, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is VAIOWelcome.exe. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 10.88 MB (11,407,833 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows Vista (SP1). While about 87% of users of VAIO Startup Assistant come from the United States, it is also popular in Iran and Canada.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.sony.com/pcsupport
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\10\50\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{D
Estimated size: 10.88 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Startup Assistant

Program executable:VAIOWelcome.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience\VAIOWelcome.exe
Additional files:
  • CleanUp.exe (by Sony Electronics) - VAIO Startup Assistant
  • WelcomeLauncher.exe (by Sony Electronics) - WelcomeLauncher
  • VAIOWelcome.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WelcomeLauncher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VAIORegistration' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience\WelcomeLauncher.exe".

How do I remove VAIO Startup Assistant?

Quickly and completely remove VAIO Startup Assistant 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 Startup Assistant 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 Startup Assistant, 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 Startup Assistant.

Win Vista (SP2) 78%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 89.24%
Windows 7 9.16%
Windows 8 1.59%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 83.20%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.40%
Windows Vista Business 4.60%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.00%
Windows Vista Ultimate 1.40%
Windows 7 Professional 0.80%

Distribution by countryGeography

87.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 87.10%
  Iran 2.73%
  Canada 1.99%
  PR 0.62%
  Germany 0.62%
  India 0.50%
  Indonesia 0.50%
  Brazil 0.50%
  Argentina 0.50%
  Netherlands 0.37%
  Mexico 0.37%
  United Kingdom 0.37%
  United Arab Emirates 0.25%
  Israel 0.25%

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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