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Should I remove Dell Precision Performance Optimizer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,869
United States Rank #12,213
Reach 0.0111%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.29 days
421.63 days >
Average installed length: 221.54 days


01.09.00 15.60%
01.08.00 24.77%
01.07.00 43.12%
01.04.00 7.80%
01.03.00 8.72%

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Dell Precision Performance Optimizer

What is Dell Precision Performance Optimizer?  (from Dell)

Dell Precision Performance Optimizer directs the right amount of power and performance to your applications by adjusting system components such as processors, memory, graphics, storage, operating system, BIOS and software drivers. You depend on your applications to help get the job done, so your workstation needs to be...  Read more


Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is a program developed by Dell. The most used version is 01.07.00, 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. 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). A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 35.4 MB (37,121,774 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 79% of users of Dell Precision Performance Optimizer come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Dell.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Dell\PPO
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{D66A3355-FEA4-4F60-8BAF-D6CBEDB396D8}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 35.4 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Dell Precision Performance Optimizer

  • cfgEngine.dll - Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (PPO Configuration Engine)
  • cpiProcessor.dll - PPO Configuration Plugin
  • cpiSystem.dll
  • DcsuWrap.exe - PPOSM DCSU Wrapper
  • DellPoaEvents.exe - Dell Precision Performance Optimizer Event Handler
  • LoadDefaults.exe - Dell PPO Support Program
  • localDisk.dll - PPO Profile Manager Dll
  • monEngine.dll - PPO Monitoring Engine
  • mpiDDV.dll - PPO DDV Monitoring Plugin
  • mpiIntel.dll - PPO Intel PerfMon Plugin
  • mpiSystem.dll - PPO Monitoring Plugin
  • nvidia.dll
  • POAEvents.dll - PPO Message DLL
  • poaService.exe - PPO Policy Processing Engine
  • poaSmSrv.exe - PPO System Maintenance Service
  • PoaSMSrvPS.dll - PPO System Maintenance Proxy DLL
  • poaTaServ.exe - PPO Track & Analyze Service
  • poaUser.exe - PPO User Application
  • Inst.exe (by Dell Inc) - Dell POA (Driver Installer Application)
  • nvapiw.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • DcsuWrap.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PPO SM Automatic Update' (runs weekly on Mondays at 12:06).
3 Services
  • poaTaServ.exe runs as a service named 'Dell PPO Track & Analyze Service' (poaTaServ).
  • poaSmSrv.exe runs as a service named 'Dell PPO System Maintenance Service' (PoaSMSrv) "Dell PPO System Maintenance Service".
  • poaService.exe runs as a service named 'Dell PPO Service' (poaService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • DellPoaEvents.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DellPoaEvents' which loads as C:\Program Files\Dell\PPO\DellPoaEvents.exe.

How do I remove Dell Precision Performance Optimizer?

You can uninstall Dell Precision Performance Optimizer 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 Precision Performance Optimizer, 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 Precision Performance Optimizer.

Win 7 (SP1) 79%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 65%
Keep it 35%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 79.36%
Windows 10 20.18%
Windows XP 0.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 77.42%
Windows 10 Pro 9.22%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.07%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 1.84%
Windows 8 Pro 1.38%
Windows 7 Enterprise 1.38%

Distribution by countryGeography

78.53% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 78.53%
  United Kingdom 5.21%
  India 2.15%
  Canada 1.84%
  France 1.53%
  Norway 1.23%
  Mexico 0.92%
  Germany 0.92%
  Singapore 0.61%
  Australia 0.61%
  Indonesia 0.61%
  Estonia 0.61%
  DK 0.61%
  Italy 0.61%

About Dell

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


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