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55% remove it45% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #352
United States Rank #161
Reach 1.7398%
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Average installed length: 243.57 days


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Dell Getting Started Guide

What is Dell Getting Started Guide?

The Getting Started Guide is pre-bundled with most Dell consumer PCs.

About  (from Dell)

Dell offers detailed instructions for setting up your equipment, to help you get up and running quickly. Now that you have your new Dell in hand, this guide will take you step-by-step through setting it up for use for the first time. Insure your system is up to date with the very last version of software and drivers. A...  Read more


Dell Getting Started Guide is a software program developed by Dell. It is typically pre-installed with most new Dell computers. 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 welcome.exe. The setup package generally installs about 23 files and is usually about 588.3 KB (602,423 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 77% of users of Dell Getting Started Guide come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

This program is pre-installed on Dell 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.
Dell had been criticized for pre-installing a number of trialware and other bundleware with its desktop and laptops, but after strong customer feedback agreed to offer limited pre-installed software on its machines.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Dell 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: www.dell.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Dell\Dell Welcome\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{7DB9F1E5-9ACB-410D-A7DC-7A3D023CE045}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 588.3 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Dell Getting Started Guide

Program executable:welcome.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Dell\Dell Welcome\welcome.exe
Additional files:
  • Factory.exe (by Stardock) - UnloadWB
  • matom.dll (by Nokia) - Nokia M Platform
  • mdatastore.dll (by Nokia)
  • mdatastoreph.dll
  • mevent.dll
  • mfilesystemtransfer.dll
  • mitemplugins.dll
  • mitems.dll
  • mmtptransfer.dll
  • mremotedatastore.dll
  • msynchronizationservice.dll
  • msyncmldl.dll
  • msyncmltransfer.dll
  • mthumbnailservice.dll
  • mtranscoder.dll
  • mtransfer.dll
  • mversion.dll
  • nokiamserver.exe
  • nokiamtranscodeserver.exe
  • sml.dll - PC Connectivity Solution (SyncML RTK Module)
  • sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • welcome.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B0CCDD05-EFEB-4C81-AA04-2F4F062413BD}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Dell Getting Started Guide?

You can uninstall Dell Getting Started Guide 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Dell Getting Started Guide, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Dell Getting Started Guide.

Win 7 (SP1) 74%
Win Server 2003 0%
Uninstall it 55%
Keep it 45%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.73%
Windows Vista 15.79%
Windows 10 7.27%
Windows XP 0.20%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 67.86%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.12%
Windows 10 Home 5.74%
Windows 7 Professional 3.59%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.92%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

77.26% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 77.26%
  United Kingdom 5.32%
  Canada 2.89%
  Germany 1.54%
  Brazil 1.39%
  Australia 1.23%
  France 1.17%
  India 1.04%
  Netherlands 0.74%
  Mexico 0.52%
  Japan 0.40%
  Ireland 0.35%
  Israel 0.34%
  Belgium 0.32%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 99.94%
Hewlett-Packard 0.02%
Intel 0.02%
American Megatrends 0.01%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 7.24%
Dell Inspiron 1545 7.05%
Dell Inspiron N5010 4.44%
Dell XPS 8300 4.01%
Dell Inspiron 620 3.52%
Dell Inspiron N5050 3.49%

About Dell

Dell manufactures, sells and supports computers and related products and services.
Publisher URL: www.dell.com


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