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52% remove it48% keep it
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Global Rank #1,524
United States Rank #1,389
Reach 0.4477%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.71 days
492.82 days >
Average installed length: 258.94 days


VersionDistribution 6.38% 0.32% 28.77% 2.75% 10.78% 3.85% 15.56% 0.01% 29.49% 0.08% 0.75%
6.40 N1 1.25%
6.40 E1 0.01%

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HP Quick Launch Buttons

What is HP Quick Launch Buttons?

This program contains software that enables customers to program the Quick Launch Buttons on the keyboard and the external Easy Access Buttons Keyboard for the supported notebook models and operating systems. This application enables menu control of various buttons such as volume, internal/external display, and mute on/off.

About  (from Hewlett-Packard)

Some HP notebook PCs come with Quick Launch buttons. Quick Launch buttons enable you to quickly access the programs that you use most frequently. For example, if you frequently travel for your job to give presentations, you could program the Presentation button to always open a presentation that you frequently useā€”all ...  Read more


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Hewlett-Packard computers. The most used version is, 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. 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 main program executable is qlbctrl.exe. The software installer includes 69 files and is usually about 25.57 MB (26,815,537 bytes).

HP Quick Launch Buttons 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.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the HP PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{34D2AB40-150D-475D-AE32-BD23FB5EE355}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 uninst
Estimated size: 25.57 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by HP Quick Launch Buttons

Program executable:qlbctrl.exe
Name:HP Quick Launch Buttons
Quick Launch Buttons
Signed by:Hewlett-Packard Company
Path:C:\Program Files\hewlett-packard\hp quick launch buttons\qlbctrl.exe
This contains the software that enables the Quick Launch Buttons on the keyboard and the external Easy Access Buttons Keyboard to be programmed for the supported notebook models and operating systems. This application enables menu control...
Additional files:
  • applun64.exe - HP Quick Launch Buttons (64 bit launch for presentation)
  • bass64.exe - Bass functions
  • BezlActn.dll - Bezel Action Functions
  • btnactn.exe - BTN ACTN
  • callnv32.exe - Calling display switch files
  • callnv64.exe
  • Com4QLBEx.exe - Com for QLB application
  • DispActn.dll - Display related action
  • FnKyActn.dll - Fn Key actions
  • GetBIOSData.dll - Get BIOS information
  • GetPresTile.exe - Tile Synchronization
  • HidActn.dll - HID Action
  • hiddata.exe - HID DATA
  • hpqExec.dll - Action Dll
  • hpSmartAdapterHelp.exe - Smart Adpter Actions
  • hpSysInfo.exe - SyInfo
  • InDual.exe - Dual display
  • InDual64.exe - Dual Display
  • Launch64.exe - Launch App
  • LCDRotate.exe - LCDRotate Application
  • LCDRotate64.exe - LCDRotate64 application
  • MonDisp.exe - monitor display resolution change
  • PushHid.dll - push hid packets
  • qlbDisp.dll - qlbDisp Module
  • QlbOv.exe - Control Panel
  • qlbPres.exe - Presentation Action
  • qlbPresOV.exe
  • qlbW7Disp.exe - Display
  • QpDetect64.exe - 64 bit application to detect ATI
  • RegisterWithQLB.dll - Register with QLB
  • RemoveDriver.exe - RemoveDr Application
  • RemoveDriver64.exe
  • RollBackDr.exe - Driver RollBack
  • RollBackDr64.exe
  • RotateIn.exe - Rotate CRT and LCD
  • VolCtrl.exe - Volume related element
  • WMIrep.exe - Repair WMI Service
  • MCSVActn.dll - HP Quick Lauch Buttons (Action DLL that handles Rotation in Tablet systems)
  • QMActn.dll - Action DLL that handles QMenu actions.
  • QMBright.exe - Brightness
  • QMenu.exe - Q Menu executable
  • QMenuOV.exe
  • AddDriver.exe - Quick Launch Buttons (Add Driver)
  • AddDriver64.exe
  • DspSwtch.exe - DspSwtch Application (Display Swtch Application)
  • hpqactn.dll - hpqql Dynamic Link Library
  • hpqlbVer.exe - hpqlbVer Application
  • Kill Process.exe - HP Info Center (File to stop some files)
  • launchAP.exe - AP Launcher
  • QLBSERVICE.dll - QLB (QLB Database Handler)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • qlbW7Disp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{118BD512-6C50-43DF-9858-1E1F39C31E87}' (runs on registration).
  • AddDriver64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C21C1FF2-DCFD-48B8-ACB7-E9A5A1FCFFA7}' (runs on registration).
  • launchAP.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2941C0E8-9FA4-4717-8F72-4EA95F05BFE0}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • QLBCtrl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named QlbCtrl.exe.
  • Com4QLBEx.exe runs as a service named 'Com4QLBEx' (Com4QLBEx).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • QLBCtrl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name '(default)' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QlbCtrl.exe /Start.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.61 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001619304%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00010815%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00005378%
0.015104% average
Memory:1.41 MB
Total CPU:0.0000538427%
Kernel CPU:0.00002132%
User CPU:0.00003252%
CPU cycles/sec:2,306
I/O reads/min:4 Bytes
Memory:6.32 MB
Total CPU:0.0000996830%
Kernel CPU:0.00005322%
User CPU:0.00004646%
CPU cycles/sec:278,841
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes

How do I remove HP Quick Launch Buttons?

You can uninstall HP Quick Launch Buttons 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 Quick Launch Buttons, 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 Quick Launch Buttons.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 52%
Keep it 48%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 82.07%
Windows 10 8.36%
Windows Vista 7.07%
Windows XP 2.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 59.03%
Windows 7 Professional 9.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.60%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.94%
Windows 10 Home 5.13%
Windows 7 Starter 2.99%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.21% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.21%
  Italy 5.12%
  France 4.10%
  United Kingdom 3.31%
  Germany 3.25%
  Canada 3.05%
  Spain 2.42%
  Australia 1.84%
  Netherlands 1.51%
  Brazil 1.43%
  Sweden 1.27%
  Belgium 1.05%
  India 1.02%
  MA 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 97.41%
Acer 0.87%
Dell 0.71%
ASUS 0.70%
Lenovo 0.13%
Sahara 0.07%
Toshiba 0.05%
American Megatrends 0.03%
Samsung 0.02%
Intel 0.01%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 27.30%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 18.52%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 5.21%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 4.33%
HP G60 Notebook PC 4.24%
HP G61 Notebook PC 2.91%

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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