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Should I remove Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,254
United States Rank #15,305
Reach 0.0121%


1.0.4 75.88%
1.0.1 8.24% 1.76% 9.41% 4.71%

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Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor


Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 1.0.4, 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The setup package generally installs about 228 files and is usually about 1.05 MB (1,097,728 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows XP. While about 55% of users of Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft fix it center
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{B79FBFDD-8B0C-4B8E-B70E-499E39978281}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.05 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

  • matseng.dll - Microsoft® Automated Troubleshooting Services (Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services Engine)
  • matshost.exe - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services Native Host
  • matswiz.exe - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services Wizard
  • fixitcenter.exe - Microsoft® Fix it Center (Microsoft Fix it Center Cllient Application)
  • fixitcenter1st.exe - Microsoft Fix it Center Client First User Experience
  • matsapi.dll - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Service Client
  • matsps.dll - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Service Proxy
  • matsres.dll - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Service Client Resources
  • matsvc.exe - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Service
  • microsoft.support.diagnosis.mats.utilities.dll - Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Service Client Utilities
  • lts.dll - Microsoft® Fix it (Microsoft Log Transfer Service library)
  • fixitcenter.resources.dll - Microsoft Fix it Center
  • fixitcenter1st.resources.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • fixitcenter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C906157E-7CD6-4EB2-90E1-27A8067B0D7C}' (runs on registration).
  • matsapi.dll is scheduled as a task named 'ReportUpload'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • matsapi.dll is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named DataUpload.
  • matsvc.exe runs as a service named 'MatSvc' (MatSvc).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • fixitcenter.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programmer\Microsoft Fix it Center\FixitCenter.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:24.68 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0388735628%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01530224%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02357133%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:19.18 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:279 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:6.28 MB
Total CPU:0.0280014143%
Kernel CPU:0.01633666%
User CPU:0.01166476%
I/O reads/min:85.72 KB
I/O writes/min:12 Bytes

How do I remove Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor?

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

Win Vista (SP2) 65%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 65.88%
Windows XP 22.35%
Windows 7 9.41%
Windows 8 2.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 45.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 22.35%
Windows Vista Home Basic 9.41%
Windows Vista Ultimate 8.24%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.06%
Windows Vista Business 2.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.45% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.45%
  United Kingdom 10.45%
  Germany 9.55%
  Netherlands 4.09%
  Canada 2.73%
  Belgium 2.27%
  Australia 2.27%
  Sweden 1.82%
  DK 1.36%
  Brazil 0.91%
  Italy 0.91%
  France 0.91%
  Austria 0.91%
  Finland 0.91%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.66%
Hewlett-Packard 26.27%
Acer 11.02%
Toshiba 10.17%
Samsung 5.08%
Medion 5.08%
Sahara 3.39%
American Megatrends 2.54%
Intel 1.69%
Lenovo 0.85%
Compaq 0.85%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 4.20%
Dell Dell DXP061 3.36%
HP Pavilion 061 EX265AA-A... 2.52%
Dell MM061 2.52%
Dell Dell DV051 2.52%
Dell Dell DM051 2.52%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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