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What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #147
United States Rank #84
Reach 3.3613%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.92 days
263.18 days >
Average installed length: 138.28 days


9.1.15453.4066 7.88%
9.1.15430.4033 7.10%
9.0.15130.3904 7.95%
9.0.15109.3899 6.35%
9.0.15076.3891 12.52%
8.7.4751.3798 9.08%
8.7.4747.3786 6.65%
8.6.4530.3651 16.48%
8.6.4516.3597 1.57%
8.5.4526.3645 6.61%
8.5.4489.3576 0.76%
8.5.4408.3534 0.06%
8.5.4385.3514 0.26%
8.5.4371.3505 0.94%
8.4.4487.3576 3.88%
8.4.4400.3525 11.35%
8.2.4137.3371 0.07%
8.2.4130.3367 0.51%

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Other programs by Hewlett-Packard

HP Setup

What is HP Setup?  (from Hewlett-Packard)

HP Setup helps you setup and explore some of the features included on your computer. It guides you step-by-step and provides direct links to important HP and Windows applications.


HP Setup is a program developed by Hewlett-Packard. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Hewlett-Packard computers. The most used version is 8.6.4530.3651, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 hptcs.exe. The software installer includes 62 files and is usually about 48.22 MB (50,566,087 bytes). TemplateUpdater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 67% of users of HP Setup come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

This program 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

URL: www.Hewlett-Packard.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard Company\HP Setup
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\00\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Informat
Estimated size: 48.22 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by HP Setup

Program executable:hptcs.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Setup\hptcs.exe
Additional files:
  • symhpe.exe (by Symantec) - Symantec Application
  • SplashPro.exe
  • ContentDownloader.exe - VersionManager (ContentDownloader)
  • HPHTMLGen.exe - HTMLTemplateUpdater
  • RegDataEncrypter.exe - RegDataEncrypter
  • RemEngine.exe - ESAdvRemIntegrator
  • SetACL.exe - SetACL (SetACL 2)
  • TCSTouchPoints.exe - TCSTouchPoints
  • BackgroundCopyManager.DLL - Assembly imported from type library BackgroundCopyManager
  • BackgroundCopyManager1_5.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'BackgroundCopyManager1_5'.
  • ClientLibrary.dll - ClientLibrary
  • CommonInterfaces.dll - InterfaceServices (HP Advisor - InterfaceServices)
  • CommonUtility.dll - Windows
  • CommonUtilityHPSetup.dll - CommonUtility
  • GetOnlinePillar.dll - GetOnlinePillar
  • HPSUSettings.exe - HPSUSettings
  • InternetDetector.dll - InternetDetector
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Interop.NETWORKLIST.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NETWORKLIST'.
  • Interop.TAPI3Lib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'TAPI3Lib'.
  • Interop.TaskScheduler.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'TaskScheduler'.
  • MessagingInterface.dll - Interface
  • MessagingMessages.dll - Messages
  • PCUpdatesPillar.dll - PCUpdatesPillar
  • PreloadScreen.exe (by Microsoft) - TestWinForms
  • RegistrationPillar.dll - RegistrationPillar
  • RegistrationView.dll - RegistrationView
  • ReminderPillar.dll - ReminderPillar
  • Reminders.dll - Reminders
  • RemotingClient.dll - RemotingClient
  • SecurityPCUPdatesView.dll - SecurityView
  • SecurityPillar.dll - SecurityPillar
  • Shortcut.dll
  • Interop.HelpPane.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'HelpPane'.
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Common.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET (Enterprise Library Shared Library)
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.ExceptionHandling.dll - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Application Block
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.ExceptionHandling.Logging.dll - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Logging Provider
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Logging.dll - Enterprise Library Logging Application Block
  • Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder.dll - Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder
  • RemLocaleWrapper.dll
  • RunOnceHPTCS.exe - HP Setup
  • TemplateUpdater.dll - TemplateUpdater

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • hptcs.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F19A7439-A70F-4B56-953A-438FA9EFAFC9}' (runs on registration).
  • RemEngine.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Registration' (runs daily).

How do I remove HP Setup?

You can uninstall HP Setup 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 Setup, 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 Setup.

Win 7 (SP1) 87%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 18%
Keep it 82%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 88.22%
Windows 10 11.60%
Windows XP 0.17%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 67.33%
Windows 7 Professional 15.91%
Windows 10 Home 8.18%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.72%
Windows 10 Pro 2.02%
Windows 7 Starter 1.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

67.32% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 67.32%
  United Kingdom 3.52%
  Canada 3.13%
  France 3.11%
  Italy 2.24%
  Germany 2.19%
  Australia 1.57%
  Netherlands 1.13%
  Sweden 1.01%
  Spain 0.99%
  Mexico 0.97%
  Brazil 0.87%
  Belgium 0.85%
  India 0.59%

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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Dorjeover a year ago
HP Setup has some tools for setting up your computer right after you get it, but, can surely be installed after that.