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Should I remove Windows Home Server 2011 Connector?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,232
United States Rank #8,580
Reach 0.0349%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 38.51 days
661.12 days >
Average installed length: 347.37 days


6.1.8800.16402 12.68%
6.1.8800.16400 80.78%
6.1.8800.16399 2.86%
6.1.8800.16395 2.25%
6.1.8800.16389 0.20%
6.1.8800.16385 1.02%
6.1.8400.16385 0.20%

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Windows Home Server 2011 Connector

What is Windows Home Server 2011 Connector?  (from Microsoft)

Windows Home Server 2011 is designed to help families keep their files and data automatically backed up, organized, and accessible. Affordable and easy to use, it's available as a preinstalled solution. Use it to recover lost files, restore your PC, help keep your devices running smoothly and safely, and stream media f...  Read more


Windows Home Server 2011 Connector is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 6.1.8800.16400, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 setup package generally installs about 110 files and is usually about 4.75 MB (4,975,616 bytes). The installed file wsconnectorupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. 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 57% of users of Windows Home Server 2011 Connector come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows server\bin
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C1E4D639-4A33-4314-809E-89BD0EF48522}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.75 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Home Server 2011 Connector

  • backupdriverinstaller.exe - Windows Server Driver installer for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • remotedesktopclientconfiglibrary.dll - Windows Server Remote Desktop Client Configuration Library DLL
  • esclientps.dll - Windows Server Media Center Computer Authorization Proxy
  • wssdrivercaptureresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Driver Capture Resources
  • certcli.interop.dll - Windows Server Client Certificate Operation Library
  • remotedesktopclientconfig.exe - Windows Server Remote Desktop Client Configuration
  • mediastreamingmanager.dll - Windows Server Media Streaming Win32 API Managers
  • networkingserviceobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Networking Helper Object Model DLL
  • serverdiscoveryobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery Object Model DLL
  • windowsupdateagent.interop.dll - Windows Server Windows Update Agent Interop DLL
  • backupresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Resource Library
  • certenroll.interop.dll - Windows Server Certificate Enrollment Library
  • cnetmanagement.dll - Windows Server Core Networking Management DLL
  • wssgcertmgmt.dll - Windows Server Certificate Management Library
  • microsoft.deployment.windowsinstaller.dll - Windows Server Windows Installer Library DLL
  • serverdiscoveryprovider.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery Provider DLL
  • vclistener.dll - Terminal Server Out Of Proc client TS plugin
  • backupactions.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Health Actions
  • netfwtypelib.dll - Windows Server Windows Firewall Interop DLL
  • skusupport.dll - Windows Server Client PC Backup SKU Support
  • wssdrivercapture.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Driver Capture
  • addinalerts.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Operating System
  • addininfrastructure.dll
  • adminclientcommon.dll
  • admincommon.dll
  • alertsview.dll
  • backupserverprovider.dll - BackupServerProvider
  • clienttools.exe
  • essetup.exe - Windows Server Media Center Computer Setup
  • filebrowser.dll - Application extension for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • machineidentityobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server MachineIdentity ObjectModel
  • microsoft.homeserver.archive.common.dll
  • microsoft.homeserver.archive.dll - TV Archive Media Center Add-In
  • microsoft.homeserver.archive.transferservice.exe - TV Archive Transfer Service
  • uicontrols.dll
  • wssg.web.domainmanagerobjectmodel.dll
  • wsshomegroupobjectmodel.dll
  • taskscheduler.interop.dll - Windows Server Task Scheduler Interop DLL
  • commonres.dll - Allgemeine Windows Server-Ressourcen-DLL
  • lanconfigsvc.exe - Windows Server LAN Configuration Service
  • networkhealthengine.dll - Windows Server Network Health Engine DLL
  • providerregistryservice.exe - Windows Server Provider Registry Service
  • sqmproviderutilities.dll - Windows Server SQM Provider Utilites DLL
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Service
  • certmanaged.dll - Windows Server Certificate Managed Lib
  • clientsetupcommon.dll - Windows Server Client Setup Common DLL
  • connectornotify.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Notify
  • backupclientprovider.dll - Windows Server Backup Client Provider
  • certnative.dll - Windows Server Certificate Native Lib
  • providerframework.dll - Windows Server Provider Framework DLL
  • wssg.powershell.dll - Windows Server Powershell Library DLL
  • cnetclient.dll - Windows Server Networking Native Lib
  • sqmnativehelper.dll - Windows Server SQM Native Helper DLL
  • mountbackup.dll - Windows Server Mount Backup API DLL
  • serverdiscovery.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery DLL
  • sku.dll - Windows Server SKU-specific library
  • skuresources.dll - Windows Server SKU resource library
  • whsmcclient.exe - Windows Media Center Client Service
  • identitynative.dll - Windows Server Identity Native Lib
  • noautoplay.exe - Windows Server AutoPlay Suppressor
  • sharedservicehost.exe - Windows Server Shared Service Host

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • backupdriverinstaller.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2FABBC85-8FC2-4806-B281-14EC4F32BDD1}' (runs on registration).
  • runtask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ConfigureRDPGroup' (Next runs on 6/1/2015 at 3:42 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • runtask.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Clean up task.
6 Services
  • providerregistryservice.exe runs as a service named 'Dienstanbieterregistrierung von Windows Server' (ServiceProviderRegistry) "Hiermit werden neue Anbieter auf dem Computer registriert und die Anbietersuche aktiviert.".
  • sharedservicehost.exe runs as a service named 'Servizio download Windows Server' (providers_system) "Consente di gestire il download dei componenti aggiuntivi sul computer.".
  • lanconfigsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Configurazione LAN Windows Server' (LANConfig) "Individua la presenza del server e configura i servizi DNS locali.".
  • whsmcclient.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Media Center Client Service' (WhsMcClient) "Enables this computer to access the server folders on your home server.".
  • microsoft.homeserver.archive.transferservice.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Media Center TV Archive Transfer Service' (arXfrSvc) "Transfers recorded TV from Media Center to the Recorded TV shared folder on your home server.".
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Connector Update' (WSConnectorUpdate) "Checks for and installs Connector updates provided by Windows Server. If the service is stopped, the computer will be unable to discover or install Connector updates, and it may be unable to use some of the features that are provided by the server.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • launchpad.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Launchpad' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\Launchpad.exe -autostart.

How do I remove Windows Home Server 2011 Connector?

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Or, you can uninstall Windows Home Server 2011 Connector 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 Windows Home Server 2011 Connector, 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 Windows Home Server 2011 Connector.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.67%
Windows 8 34.08%
Windows Vista 1.22%
Windows XP 1.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 20.74%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.53%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.71%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.39%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 7.19%
Windows 8.1 5.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.00%
  Germany 11.20%
  United Kingdom 9.06%
  Canada 3.95%
  Australia 3.29%
  Netherlands 2.80%
  Japan 2.31%
  Sweden 1.65%
  France 1.48%
  Norway 1.32%
  DK 1.32%
  Austria 0.99%
  Switzerland 0.82%
  United Arab Emirates 0.49%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.78%
Hewlett-Packard 20.89%
Acer 12.44%
ASUS 11.11%
Lenovo 2.67%
Intel 2.22%
Samsung 2.22%
MSI 1.33%
Apple 0.89%
Common models
ASUS All Series 5.84%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.25%
Acer Predator G3-605 2.60%
Dell XPS 8300 2.60%
HP Compaq dc7700 Converti... 1.95%
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 1.95%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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