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Should I remove ETDWare PS/2-X86 _WHQL?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,615
United States Rank #16,085
Reach 0.0221%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 28.93 days
853.51 days >
Average installed length: 448.45 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

ETDWare PS/2-X86

What is ETDWare PS/2-X86 _WHQL?

ETDWare PS/2 32 bit is the device driver installed for an Elan Microelectronics Touch Pad. It provides the necessary drivers and software to connect the PC/laptop to the Elan Microelectronics Touch Pad. ELAN's Smart Click-Pad eliminates the need of physical buttons since the entire touchpad functions as buttons. User can click almost anywhere on the touchpad to simulate the mouse left or right button click. It's different from traditional touchpad, because it can support multi-finger gesture to let the user interact with their laptop more intuitively. The WHQL is Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested by Microsoft.

Note, removing this software could cause major issues when trying to use the installed touchpad on your laptop and is not advised.


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The primary executable is named etdctrl.exe. The setup package generally installs about 13 files and is usually about 12.57 MB (13,185,208 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.emc.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\elantech
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Elantech\ETDUn_inst.exe
Estimated size: 12.57 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ETDWare PS/2-X86

Program executable:etdctrl.exe
Name:ELAN Smart-Pad
ETD Control Center
Signed by:ELAN Microelectronics Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\elantech\etdctrl.exe
ETD Control Center is part of the ELAN Smart-Pad, a type of multi-finger touch pad input device for laptops.
Additional files:
  • ETDDeviceInformation.exe - ELAN Smart-Pad Tool (Device Information Catcher)
  • ETDFingerPositioner.exe - Device Position Catcher
  • ETDHValueMonitor.exe - Device Sensor Catcher
  • ETDApi.dll - ELAN Smart-Pad (ETD Set Device Config)
  • ETDApix.dll - ETD Driver Function Dll
  • ETDCmds.dll - ETD Driver Command
  • ETDCtrlHelper.exe - ETD Control Center Helper
  • ETDFavorite.dll - ETD My Favorite Library
  • ETDMag.exe - Elan Smart-Pad (ELAN Microelectronics Corp.)
  • ETDMcpl.dll - ETD Ware Control Panel Extensions
  • ETDUn_inst.exe - ETD Ware Un_inst Application
  • ETDUninst.dll - ETD Ware Uninstall Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.09 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002885867%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00004205%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00024653%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:597,252
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
Memory:1.64 MB
Total CPU:0.0001377445%
Kernel CPU:0.00003840%
User CPU:0.00009935%
CPU cycles/sec:276,889

How do I remove ETDWare PS/2-X86 _WHQL?

You can uninstall ETDWare PS/2-X86 _WHQL 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 ETDWare PS/2-X86, 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 ETDWare PS/2-X86 _WHQL.

Win 7 (SP1) 89%
Win 10 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 98.62%
Windows XP 0.69%
Windows 10 0.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Starter 76.62%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.66%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.32%
Windows 7 Professional 1.85%
Windows 7 Home Basic 0.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 0.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.65%
  Italy 8.47%
  Brazil 6.65%
  Canada 5.44%
  Mexico 5.24%
  United Kingdom 4.03%
  Germany 3.02%
  France 2.62%
  Philippines 2.62%
  Australia 2.42%
  Indonesia 2.42%
  Spain 1.81%
  Colombia 1.61%
  MA 1.41%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 96.32%
Hewlett-Packard 1.38%
Dell 1.15%
Lenovo 0.92%
MSI 0.23%
Common models
Acer AOD270 32.13%
Acer AOD255E 22.46%
Acer AO722 13.77%
Acer AOD257 8.70%
Packard Bell DOTS E2 4.59%
Packard Bell dot s 4.35%

About ELAN Microelectronic

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

comments2 comments

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Anonover a year ago
My computer is telling me "this has not been correctly uninstalled", but I don't know how that happened. It is now causing problems with the touchpad. How can I reinstall it?
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Revanchisusover a year ago
I something dangerous in removing it?