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What percent of users and experts removed it?
21% remove it79% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #332
United States Rank #310
Reach 1.8192%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.32 days
481.41 days >
Average installed length: 252.95 days


VersionDistribution 5.93% 0.12% 3.49% 5.44% 3.49% 0.62% 7.04% 0.08% 0.05% 27.02% 0.01% 0.65% 0.27% 0.16% 0.32% 0.03% 2.80% 6.64% 5.10%
3.50 A6 3.49%
3.00 K2 7.61%
3.00 K1 0.85%
3.00 J1 3.53%
3.00 I2 2.38%
3.00 H3 2.68%
3.00 H2 4.40%
3.00 G1 0.72%
3.00 F1 3.42%
3.00 E1 0.06%
3.00 D2 0.39%
3.00 D1 0.01%
3.00 C2 0.40%
3.00 B2 0.81%

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HP Wireless Assistant

What is HP Wireless Assistant?

This program contains the HP Wireless Assistant for the supported notebook models and operating systems. The HP Wireless Assistant reports the power state and Microsoft Windows Device Manager status of integrated wireless devices, alerts the user when the status of a device changes, and enables the user to turn integrated wireless devices on and off.


It is typically pre-installed with most new Hewlett-Packard computers. The most common release is, 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. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named Wireless.exe. The setup package generally installs about 26 files and is usually about 2.43 MB (2,543,861 bytes).

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Help link: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{54CC7901-804D-4155-B353-21F0CC9112AB}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.43 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by HP Wireless Assistant

Program executable:Wireless.exe
Name:HP Wireless Assistant
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\Wireless.exe
Additional files:
  • HPQWAVer.exe - HP Wireless Assistant (HP Wireless Assistant Version)
  • HPWA_Main.exe
  • HPWA_MobilityCenterTile.exe - HP Wireless Assistant Mobility Center Tile
  • HPWA_Setup.exe - Cette base de données du programme d'installation contient la logique et les données nécessaires à l'installation de HP Wireless Assistant.
  • HPWAMain.exe - HP Wireless Assistant Main Program
  • launchapp64.exe - LaunchApp
  • Setup.exe
  • WAMobCtr.exe
  • WAMobCtr64.exe
  • WiFiMsg.exe - Module to process WiFi messages.
  • Wireless.exe - Wireless
  • HPQWA_UI.exe - HPQWA_UI Application (HPQWA_UI MFC Application)
  • HPCommon.dll - HP Power Assistant (HPCommon)
  • HPQWACom.dll - HPQWACom Module
  • HPWA_Service.exe - HPPA_Service

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • HPWA_Main.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{96150A1B-6E38-4F9E-9AEA-D99F5F6D5DF4}' (runs on registration).
  • HPWA_Service.exe runs as a service named 'HP Wireless Assistant Service' (HP Wireless Assistant Service) "This service monitors the wireless devices in this computer and allows the HP Wireless Assistant application to turn devices on and off.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • HPWAMain.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'HP Wireless Assistant' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe".
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • HPWAMain.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'hpWirelessAssistant' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe.
  • HPWA_Main.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HPWirelessAssistant' which loads as C:\PROGRAM FILES\HEWLETT-PACKARD\HP WIRELESS ASSISTANT\HPWA_MAIN.EXE /HIDDEN.
  • WiFiMsg.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WAWifiMessage' which loads as %ProgramFiles%\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • HPWAMain.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:51.5 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0032793585%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00231574%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00096362%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:115,567
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2.82 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:6 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:32.1 MB
Total CPU:0.0002406665%
Kernel CPU:0.00019429%
User CPU:0.00004638%
Memory:3.3 MB
Total CPU:0.0024870351%
Kernel CPU:0.00116222%
User CPU:0.00132482%
CPU cycles/sec:7,329
I/O reads/min:9 Bytes

How do I remove HP Wireless Assistant?

You can uninstall HP Wireless Assistant 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 Wireless Assistant, 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 Wireless Assistant.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 21%
Keep it 79%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.29%
Windows Vista 27.86%
Windows 10 6.14%
Windows XP 1.71%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.28%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 22.13%
Windows 7 Professional 6.33%
Windows 10 Home 4.49%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.40%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.55%
  France 5.12%
  Italy 5.11%
  United Kingdom 4.11%
  Germany 3.93%
  Canada 3.23%
  Spain 2.18%
  Netherlands 1.95%
  Brazil 1.67%
  Australia 1.37%
  Sweden 1.19%
  Belgium 1.14%
  Mexico 1.00%
  India 0.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 98.95%
Acer 0.36%
Dell 0.32%
ASUS 0.23%
Sahara 0.07%
Toshiba 0.04%
Lenovo 0.03%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 15.66%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 12.09%
HP G60 Notebook PC 5.57%
HP G62 Notebook PC 5.55%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 4.31%
HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook ... 3.51%

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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