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What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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How common is it?
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United States Rank #14,961
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 174.06 days


1.0.1 100.00%

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Device Simulation Framework 1.0.1

What is Device Simulation Framework?  (from Microsoft)

The Device Simulation Framework (DSF) enables you to create a high-fidelity simulation of hardware in software, which then appears like a real device to Windows. Because the simulation created with DSF does not require any special changes to Windows, the simulation can be used on all versions of Windows supported by DS...  Read more


Device Simulation Framework 1.0.1 is a program developed by Microsoft. 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 installer includes 8 files and is usually about 2.06 MB (2,161,664 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 33% of users of Device Simulation Framework come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/gg454516.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\dsf
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{C7966AB3-A8D9-48D5-B7DF-922674C40098}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.06 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Device Simulation Framework 1.0.1

  • preinstallinf.exe - DSF pre-installer for INF files
  • softehcicfg.exe - USB 2.0 host controller simulator configuration tool
  • inputkbd.dll - Microsoft Windows Developement Kit (Input Keyboard simualator)
  • softhiddevice.dll - Microsoft Windows Development Ket (USB HID device simulator)
  • softusbaudio.dll - Microsoft Windows Development Kit (USB Audio Device simulator)
  • softusbloopback.dll - USB Loopback Device simulator
  • softhidreceiver.dll - WMC Test HID Receiver Device (Software HID Receiver USB Device Simulator)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • preinstallinf.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4A1D24DA-A08A-47B5-BAE7-9F5B7BC59D65}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Device Simulation Framework?

You can uninstall Device Simulation Framework 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 Device Simulation Framework 1.0.1, 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 Device Simulation Framework.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Server 2003 0%
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.64%
Windows 10 19.38%
Windows XP 3.92%
Windows Vista 1.86%
Windows Server 2003 0.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 32.16%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.12%
Windows 7 Professional 19.29%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.77%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.94%
Windows 10 Pro 2.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.15% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.15%
  Germany 5.96%
  United Kingdom 5.40%
  DZ 5.21%
  France 4.28%
  MA 2.98%
  Taiwan 2.05%
  Australia 1.86%
  Russia 1.86%
  India 1.68%
  Mexico 1.68%
  Brazil 1.49%
  TN 1.49%
  Belgium 1.49%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 22.41%
Hewlett-Packard 16.81%
Acer 15.52%
ASUS 15.09%
Samsung 5.17%
Intel 2.59%
Lenovo 1.29%
MSI 0.86%
Common models
MSI MS-7680 4.27%
ASUS All Series 3.66%
MSI MS-7592 3.05%
MSI MS-7641 3.05%
MSI MS-7788 3.05%
Gigabyte G41M-Combo 2.44%

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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