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Should I remove Holdkey?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,806
United States Rank #17,437
Reach 0.0085%


3.01 2.99%
3.0 13.77%
2.1 9.58%
2.0 73.05%
0.93 0.60%


What is Holdkey?  (from Bas van Reek)

Holdkey is a Windows program that makes it easy to type characters with accents.
No more hassle with alt codes or other time consuming methods to create characters like : é à ø ü € ß ñ ï ç ö e g and many many more. Holdkey has a learning curve of about 1 minute, just type like you always do until you need a charac...  Read more


Holdkey is a program developed by Bas van Reek. The most used version is 2.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. The programs's main executable is holdkey.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 3.23 MB of memory. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 1 files and is usually about 556.58 KB (569,940 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 61% of users of Holdkey come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.holdkey.eu
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Holdkey\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{1EF409BD-E9D8-4BD5-8754-A0D53AEDC29B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 556.58 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Holdkey

Program executable:holdkey.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Holdkey\holdkey.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • holdkey.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named HoldKey.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0005460322%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007531%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00047072%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:462 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Holdkey?

You can uninstall Holdkey 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 Holdkey, 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 Holdkey.

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win XP 1%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.06%
Windows 10 19.16%
Windows XP 6.59%
Windows Vista 4.19%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 48.50%
Windows 7 Professional 15.57%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.59%
Windows 10 Home 5.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.79%
Windows 10 Pro 4.19%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.29% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.29%
  Canada 6.91%
  Australia 6.45%
  United Kingdom 5.07%
  Netherlands 3.69%
  South Africa 2.30%
  Germany 1.84%
  Italy 1.84%
  India 1.38%
  Hungary 1.38%
  Belgium 0.92%
  New Zealand 0.92%
  Israel 0.92%
  BO 0.46%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.95%
Dell 23.68%
Acer 16.67%
Lenovo 6.14%
Toshiba 6.14%
Intel 4.39%
ASUS 4.39%
American Megatrends 2.63%
Sony 0.88%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.27%
Dell Inspiron 620 3.42%
Dell XPS 8300 2.56%
NOVATECH LTD MBB-44608 2.56%
Acer Veriton X270 1.71%
Dell XPS 8920 1.71%


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