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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 #1,232
United States Rank #1,436
Reach 0.5587%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.63 days
697.12 days >
Average installed length: 366.28 days


3.3.1 0.04%
2.8.1 0.80%
2.6.1 1.81%
2.5.1 3.13%
2.4.1 0.17%
2.3.1 21.12%
2.2.1 2.80% 12.95% 4.80% 9.30% 3.32% 2.23% 2.18% 1.72% 10.52% 6.14% 5.92% 0.98% 1.84% 1.81% 3.32% 3.02% 0.07%

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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 11 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 10. While about 43% 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)
  • hpqnt.dll - hpqnt Dynamic Link Library

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.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00005227%
0.016088% average
Memory:1.2 MB
Kernel CPU:0.00004148%

How do I remove HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7.

Win 7 (SP1) 87%
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 91.87%
Windows 10 8.04%
Windows XP 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 66.94%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.97%
Windows 10 Pro 6.13%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.34%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.85%
Windows 10 Home 0.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.55%
  Germany 4.33%
  France 4.19%
  United Kingdom 3.18%
  Netherlands 2.89%
  Italy 2.58%
  Sweden 2.31%
  Czech Republic 2.30%
  Canada 2.15%
  Belgium 1.70%
  Australia 1.61%
  South Africa 1.53%
  Norway 1.45%
  Spain 1.43%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 98.92%
Dell 0.39%
Acer 0.39%
ASUS 0.18%
Lenovo 0.06%
Intel 0.03%
Toshiba 0.01%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 12.98%
HP ProBook 4540s 6.67%
HP ProBook 4520s 4.21%
HP 620 3.87%
HP ProBook 450 G1 3.67%
HP ProBook 4730s 3.35%

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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