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Should I remove HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
59% remove it41% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,250
United States Rank #1,463
Reach 0.6445%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.08 days
798.76 days >
Average installed length: 419.69 days


2.8.1 0.24%
2.6.1 1.16%
2.5.1 2.14%
2.4.1 0.17%
2.3.1 20.11%
2.2.1 2.88% 13.62% 5.02% 9.88% 3.21% 2.29% 2.45% 1.73% 10.60% 6.49% 6.25% 0.98% 2.00% 1.87% 3.51% 3.32% 0.08%

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HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7

What is HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7?

HP ESU stands for Essential System Updates.

About  (from Hewlett-Packard)

This program installs Microsoft fixes and enhancements for the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating Systems, as well as providing other fixes and enhancements that are specific to the supported notebook/laptop models. These fixes and enhancements are required to improve the performance of these notebook/laptop models.


HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7 is a program developed by Hewlett-Packard. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Hewlett-Packard computers. The most used version is 2.3.1, 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 software installer includes 9 files and is usually about 1.57 MB (1,645,056 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 7. While about 39% of users of HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7 is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Hewlett-Packard Company
URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{6357258D-2BF9-49E7-A9EF-0C609D52C46D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.57 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7

  • HPESU.dll - HP Essential System Updates (HP Essential System Updates DLL)
  • coreshredder.exe - File Sanitizer For HP Protect Tools (File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools)
  • FSSetup.dll - Setup Dll
  • HPFSService.exe - HPFSService Application
  • PTPMPlugin.dll
  • FSSetup64.exe - File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools (Setup Exe)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • HPFSService.exe runs as a service named 'File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools' (HPFSService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • coreshredder.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'File Sanitizer' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\CoreShredder.exe.

How do I remove HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7?

Quickly and completely remove HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7.

Win 7 (SP1) 91%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 59%
Keep it 41%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 96.05%
Windows 8 3.87%
Windows XP 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 69.27%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.65%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.23%
Windows 10 Pro 2.23%
Windows 10 Home 0.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.48%
  Germany 4.35%
  France 4.19%
  United Kingdom 3.14%
  Netherlands 2.91%
  Sweden 2.51%
  Czech Republic 2.44%
  Canada 2.35%
  Italy 2.09%
  Belgium 1.85%
  Australia 1.70%
  South Africa 1.69%
  Norway 1.55%
  Austria 1.42%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 98.90%
Dell 0.44%
Acer 0.38%
ASUS 0.23%
Lenovo 0.03%
Intel 0.02%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 13.50%
HP ProBook 4540s 6.63%
HP ProBook 4520s 4.42%
HP 620 3.89%
HP ProBook 450 G1 3.55%
HP ProBook 4730s 3.38%

About Hewlett-Packard

HP provides products, software solutions and services to consumers, from enterprises to consumers including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Publisher URL: www.hp.com


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