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Should I remove Intel Rapid Start Technology?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #895
United States Rank #1,121
Reach 0.7678%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.83 days
289.94 days >
Average installed length: 152.34 days


VersionDistribution 0.55% 0.10% 1.10% 5.95% 2.17% 0.05% 0.05% 0.20% 0.12% 0.11% 0.58% 1.83% 0.02% 0.13% 57.95% 0.28% 0.03% 1.98% 4.78% 4.99% 6.89% 1.24% 0.01% 0.22% 8.68%

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Intel Rapid Start Technology

What is Intel Rapid Start Technology?  (from Intel)

Sometimes life expects you to be up and running in a flash. With Intel® Rapid Start Technology you can bring your computer from zero power to fully operational in just seconds1, saving time and battery life. More important—it saves you from those sometimes-excruciating moments of waiting for your computer to catch up w...  Read more


Intel Rapid Start Technology is a program developed by Intel. The most used version is, 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. 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 programs's main executable is irstrtsv.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1018 KB of memory. The software installer includes 18 files and is usually about 3.15 MB (3,299,540 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 45% of users of Intel Rapid Start Technology come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: m.intel.com/us/en/intel-technologies-overview/intel-rapid-start-technology.smart.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Intel\irstrt
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Intel\irstrt\Uninstall\setup.exe -uninstall
Estimated size: 3.15 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Intel Rapid Start Technology

Program executable:irstrtsv.exe
Name:Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology Service
Signed by:Intel
Path:C:\Program Files\Intel\irstrt\irstrtsv.exe
Additional files:
  • Drv64.exe - Intel(R) Installation Framework (64 bit driver installer)
  • Setup.exe - Intel Installation Framework
  • RapidStartConfig.exe - Intel® Rapid Start Technology Manager
  • IntelButton.dll - Intel Button (IntelButton)
  • Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll (by CodePlex Community) - TaskService (Task Scheduler Wrapper)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • RapidStartConfig.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A039C597-1052-4B45-8B98-D1C752F18A1A}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • RapidStartConfig.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology Manager.
  • irstrtsv.exe runs as a service named 'irstrtsv'.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • RapidStartConfig.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Intel\irstrt\RapidStartConfig.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1018 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000879124%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007732%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001059%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,499
8,062,084 average
Memory:15.94 MB
Total CPU:0.0014461116%
Kernel CPU:0.00080569%
User CPU:0.00064042%
CPU cycles/sec:312,768
I/O reads/min:1.76 KB

How do I remove Intel Rapid Start Technology?

You can uninstall Intel Rapid Start Technology 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 Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology, 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 Intel Rapid Start Technology.

Win 10 73%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 72.66%
Windows 7 27.30%
Windows XP 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 29.53%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.08%
Windows 8 13.99%
Windows 10 Home 9.95%
Windows 7 Professional 5.58%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 5.19%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.17%
  Brazil 4.68%
  Canada 4.47%
  Italy 4.15%
  United Kingdom 3.74%
  Germany 3.70%
  France 3.50%
  Australia 3.45%
  Netherlands 1.97%
  Sweden 1.55%
  Norway 1.07%
  DK 1.03%
  Spain 1.02%
  Israel 0.99%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 25.18%
Dell 21.25%
Hewlett-Packard 14.37%
Acer 11.85%
Samsung 10.98%
Toshiba 8.91%
Lenovo 6.51%
Alienware 0.61%
MSI 0.17%
NEC 0.10%
Common models
ASUSTeK S400CA 4.42%
Samsung 530U3C/530U4C/532... 4.12%
ASUSTeK UX31A 3.76%
Dell Inspiron 5423 3.56%
Acer Aspire S3-391 3.18%
Dell Inspiron 5523 2.70%

About Intel

Intel Corporation is the world's largest semiconductor chip maker and is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors found in most personal computers.
Publisher URL: www.intel.com


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