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Should I remove Dell Touchpad?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,263
United States Rank #3,457
Reach 0.1745%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.88 days
674.89 days >
Average installed length: 354.60 days


VersionDistribution 0.06% 0.20% 4.33% 4.68% 0.58% 6.57% 1.22% 2.30% 4.97% 4.39% 0.47% 0.52% 0.61% 9.83% 0.38% 8.20% 2.91% 11.20% 0.06% 22.45% 14.07%

Dell Touchpad

What is Dell Touchpad?

This is the software driver and configuration manager software for the default touchpad included with most Dell laptops.


Dell Touchpad is a program developed by ELAN Microelectronic. The most used version is, 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. The main program executable is delldevices.exe. The software installer includes 26 files and is usually about 24.31 MB (25,494,464 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 47% of users of Dell Touchpad come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.emc.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\elantech
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Elantech\ETDUn_inst.exe
Estimated size: 24.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Dell Touchpad

Program executable:delldevices.exe
Name:Dell Pointing Device
Path:C:\Program Files\elantech\delldevices.exe
Additional files:
  • ETDDeviceInformation.exe - ELAN Smart-Pad Tool (Device Information Catcher)
  • ETDAniConf.exe - Elan Smart-Pad (ETD Ware Control Panel Extensions)
  • ETDApi.dll - ELAN Smart-Pad (ETD API)
  • ETDApi32.dll
  • ETDApix.dll - ETD Driver Function Dll
  • ETDCmds.dll - ETD Ware TSR Enhancements
  • ETDCtrl.exe - ETD Control Center
  • ETDCtrlHelper.exe - ETD Control Center Helper
  • ETDFavorite.dll - ETD My Favorite Library
  • ETDGesture.exe - ETD Gesture
  • ETDGesture_DELL.exe - ETD Gesture_DELL
  • ETDMag.exe - ELAN Microelectronics Corp.
  • ETDMcpl.dll
  • ETDService.exe - Elan Service
  • ETDUn_inst.exe - ETD Ware Un_inst Application
  • ETDUninst.dll - ETD Ware Uninstall Application
  • TouchpadEnableDisable.exe - TouchpadEnableDisable
  • ETDSimpleUI.exe - ELAN Touchpad (ETDSimpleUI)
  • ETDSimpleUI_Win8.exe
  • ETDTouch.exe - ETDTouch
  • ETD_DLL.dll - ETD_DLL
  • CallMainCpl.exe - CallMainCpl

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • ETDService.exe runs as a service named 'Elan Service' (ETDService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ETDCtrl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ETDCtrl' which loads as C:\Program Files\Elantech\ETDCtrl.exe.

How do I remove Dell Touchpad?

You can uninstall Dell Touchpad 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 Touchpad, 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 Touchpad.

Win 10 51%
Win 7 (SP1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 51.13%
Windows 7 47.68%
Windows XP 0.84%
Windows Vista 0.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.85%
Windows 8.1 11.48%
Windows 7 Professional 8.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.98%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 7.63%
Windows 8 6.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.66% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.66%
  Brazil 10.24%
  India 5.36%
  United Kingdom 4.65%
  Canada 2.82%
  Germany 2.08%
  Australia 1.91%
  Egypt 1.63%
  Vietnam 1.50%
  France 1.45%
  Netherlands 1.14%
  Mexico 1.14%
  Saudi Arabia 1.12%
  Italy 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 96.43%
Acer 1.11%
ASUS 0.60%
Hewlett-Packard 0.57%
Samsung 0.33%
Sony 0.33%
Lenovo 0.24%
Sahara 0.12%
Toshiba 0.12%
Alienware 0.06%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 5520 43.78%
Dell Inspiron 7520 28.54%
Dell Vostro 3560 12.11%
Dell Vostro 5470 7.92%
Dell Vostro 14-5480 1.90%
Dell Vostro 5460 0.65%

About ELAN Microelectronic

ELAN Microelectronics Corporation is an IC designer and provider of microcontrollers and PC Peripheral ICs.
Publisher URL: www.emc.com.tw

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Skypilot617over a year ago
How about you fix this so it doesn't intrude on the Start up process. I'm trying to access Apps on the Start Menu and this program kicks you back into the desktop just to tell you that it is working. FFS!