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Should I remove Garmin Lifetime Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
23% remove it77% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,238
United States Rank #1,683
Reach 0.1763%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 46.08 days
1032.06 days >
Average installed length: 542.27 days


2.1.11 55.01%
2.1.10 3.68%
2.1.7 22.54%
2.1.6 4.23%
2.1.5 0.03%
2.1.4 0.12%
2.1.3 0.03%
2.1.2 0.03%
2.0.12 5.87%
2.0.11 1.12%
2.0.10 1.12%
2.0.6 4.72%
2.0.5 0.83%
2.0.4 0.55%
2.0.3 0.09%
2.0.0 0.03%

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Garmin Lifetime Updater

What is Garmin Lifetime Updater?

Garmin Lifetime Updater is the updater program which runs with Windows (in the background as a service) and automatically starts up when your computer boots. It checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings.

About  (from Garmin)

Garmin Lifetime Updater downloads available map updates to your computer automatically, and alerts you when new maps are ready to install. You can even control download schedules. Lifetime gives you the most up-to-date maps for the lifetime┬╣ of your device. Purchase it once and download the newest map data up to 4 time...  Read more


The most common release is 2.1.11, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 setup package generally installs about 80 files and is usually about 14.16 MB (14,843,904 bytes). The installed file garmin.cartography.mapupdate.client.core.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.garmin.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Garmin\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{9AAD03E8-4F65-4DE2-8F6C-1B079C0C8521}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 14.16 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Garmin Lifetime Updater

  • garmin.cartography.deviceinteraction.dll - Garmin.Cartography.DeviceInteraction
  • garmin.cartography.wpflocalization.dll - Garmin.Cartography.WpfLocalization
  • garminlifetime.exe - Garmin Lifetime Updater
  • garminlifetime.resources.dll
  • glci.exe
  • garmin.cartography.mapupdate.client.core.dll - Map Update (Core Map Updater)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • glci.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{769E1028-4C03-4278-A42D-38E7F20BB574}' (runs on registration).
  • garminlifetime.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4BD0EC7D-4068-4262-AA45-1BA94AB5E1B6}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • garminlifetime.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Garmin Lifetime Updater' and executes as C:\Program Files\Garmin\Lifetime Updater\GarminLifetime.exe /StartMinimized.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • garminlifetime.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Garmin Lifetime Updater' which loads as C:\Program Files\Garmin\Lifetime Updater\GarminLifetime.exe /StartMinimized.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:50.65 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0022433703%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00095321%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00129016%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:77,225
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:19 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:49 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Garmin Lifetime Updater?

You can uninstall Garmin Lifetime Updater 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 Garmin Lifetime Updater, 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 Garmin Lifetime Updater.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.15%
Windows Vista 12.35%
Windows XP 9.01%
Windows 10 8.49%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 53.67%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.54%
Windows 7 Professional 10.19%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.92%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.43%
Windows 10 Home 3.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

85.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 85.30%
  Germany 3.80%
  Canada 3.34%
  United Kingdom 1.43%
  France 1.06%
  Australia 0.70%
  Sweden 0.40%
  Netherlands 0.39%
  Italy 0.39%
  Switzerland 0.35%
  Belgium 0.33%
  Spain 0.24%
  DK 0.20%
  Hungary 0.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 34.66%
Hewlett-Packard 31.92%
Acer 10.97%
Toshiba 8.73%
ASUS 2.93%
Intel 2.70%
American Megatrends 1.46%
Lenovo 1.19%
Samsung 0.59%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.79%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.03%
Dell XPS 8300 3.61%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.04%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.95%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.09%

About Garmin

Garmin develops consumer, aviation, and marine software/hardware products for the GPS.
Publisher URL: www.garmin.com


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