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What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,506
United States Rank #1,281
Reach 0.2482%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.94 days
293.32 days >
Average installed length: 154.12 days


7.0.7 3.86%
7.0.6 0.65%
7.0.5 4.70%
7.0.4 6.30%
7.0.3 0.27%
7.0.10 15.91%
5.2.1 0.25%
5.1.7 13.00%
5.1.5 1.90%
5.1.4 1.35%
5.1.16AD 0.37%
5.1.15 6.56%
5.1.13 2.45%
5.0.5 0.61%
5.0.3 0.25%
4.0.8 3.21%
4.0.7 3.86%
4.0.6 0.41%
4.0.5 0.20%
4.0.3 0.29%
4.0.14 9.00%
4.0.13 0.20%
4.0.12 2.64%
4.0.10 0.08%
4.0.0 0.02%
3.0.08 0.27%
3.0.06 1.33%
3.0.05 2.78%
3.0.04 6.85%
3.0.03 5.05%
3.0.02 0.02%
3.0.01 0.47%
3.0.00 0.18%
2.1.03.w7 0.31%
2.1.02.W7 0.08%
2.0.04 0.20%
2.0.03 0.06%
2.0.02 0.45%
2.0.01 0.43%
2.0.00 0.76%
0.0.05 2.39%
0.0.02 0.02%

Typically installed together

Launch Manager

What is Launch Manager?

The Launch Manager software allows you to set the Programmable key on the keyboard to launch the application of your choice. The Launch Manager application is required for the other special function keys on the keyboard to operate properly. If the special function keys are not operating, you may need to reinstall the Launch Manager application.


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Acer computers. The most used version is 7.0.10, 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is LManager.exe. The software installer includes 49 files and is usually about 4.76 MB (4,993,649 bytes).

Launch Manager 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.gateway.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Launch Manager
Uninstaller: C:\Windows\UNINSTLMv4.EXE LMv4.UNI
Estimated size: 4.76 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Launch Manager

Program executable:LManager.exe
Name:Launch Manager
Signed by:Dritek System Inc.
Path:C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LManager.exe
The Dritek Launch Manager software is a keyboard driver for enhanced keyboard functions which include a play, pause, stop, volume and Windows function key on laptop PCs. The software launches when the PC boost and allows the customization...
Additional files:
  • SZUPFUTL.DLL (by Dritek System) - Dritek System Inc. User Profile Registry Utility (User Profile Registry Library)
  • WND2FILE.DLL (by Dritek System) - Dritek System Inc. Wnd2File 12.23.1999 ( VC60 ) (Retrieve Execute FileName or Window Hande)
  • CDROMUTL.DLL - Dritek System Inc. CDRomUtl 6.14.2000 ( VC60 ) (CD-Rom Utility Library)
  • MIXERUTL.DLL - Dritek System Inc. MixerUtl 6.14.2000 ( VC60 ) (Mixer Utility Library)
  • SzPtcUtl.dll - Dritek System Inc. SzPtcUtl 7.25.2000 ( VC60 ) (String Encipher Utility Library)
  • MMDx64Fx.exe - Dritek Display Toggle Hotkey 64-bit Commander (MMDx64Fx Application)
  • NTKCUtl.dll - Key Hook Module for WinNT for Launch Manager
  • VistaVol.dll - Windows Vista Master Volume Control Library
  • COMFNUTL.DLL - Dritek System Inc. Common Function Utility (Common Function Utility Library)
  • RadioWndUtl.dll - Dritek RadioWindow Dynamic Link Library
  • OSDUtl2.dll - Dritek System Inc. OSD Library 2 (OnScreen Display Utility Library 2)
  • RGNMAKER.DLL - Dritek System Inc. Region Maker (Region Maker)
  • LMConfig.exe - Launch Manager utility process
  • CdDirIo.dll - CdDirIo Dynamic Link Library (CdRom Direct I/O Dynamic Link Library)
  • LmSmbKel.dll - LmSmbKel Dynamic Link Library (Acer SMBIOS Kernel Library)
  • WmiProp.dll - Dritek WMI Property Library
  • aipflib.dll - WMI & SMBIOS middleware
  • dsiwmis.exe - Dritek WMI Service
  • LManager.exe - Launch Manager
  • LMLang.dll - Launch Manager Language Resource
  • MkServis.exe - Service Help (Dritek General Service Help Tool)
  • PowerUtl.dll
  • runxx.exe - x64Commander (x64 Commander for 32-bit Applications)
  • x64Commander.exe
  • MMDUtl.dll - Multi-Monitor Switch Library.

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • LManager.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A45ABC76-D0BC-4875-AA94-A80F991A26AF}' (runs on registration).
  • LMConfig.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8CC2F731-1D43-49F4-A80C-3D5024D46EA8}' (runs on registration).
  • x64Commander.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8E5E8A79-30B0-46B1-BC64-02EF32831C23}' (runs on registration).
  • runxx.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{56EE88AF-1ED2-4636-A3E3-286E3E9A9943}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • LManager.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
  • dsiwmis.exe runs as a service named 'Dritek WMI Service' (DsiWMIService) "Launch Manager WMI service program".
Startup File (User Run)
  • LManager.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'LManager' and executes as C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LManager.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • LManager.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'LManager' which loads as C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LManager.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • LManager.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LManager.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.47 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0013140852%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00052739%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00078669%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:3,307
8,062,084 average
Memory:2.66 MB
Total CPU:0.0001509626%
Kernel CPU:0.00010256%
User CPU:0.00004840%
CPU cycles/sec:1,631
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes
Memory:1.84 MB
Total CPU:0.0004338454%
Kernel CPU:0.00027957%
User CPU:0.00015428%
CPU cycles/sec:462,891
I/O writes/min:9 Bytes

How do I remove Launch Manager?

You can uninstall Launch Manager 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 Launch Manager, 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 Launch Manager.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.28%
Windows 10 37.10%
Windows Vista 1.39%
Windows XP 0.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 53.97%
Windows 8.1 14.51%
Windows 8 11.66%
Windows 10 Home 7.60%
Windows 7 Starter 3.43%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.58%

Distribution by countryGeography

86.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 86.31%
  Canada 6.09%
  Mexico 1.77%
  Brazil 1.41%
  Japan 0.40%
  Australia 0.40%
  India 0.32%
  PR 0.31%
  Argentina 0.21%
  Philippines 0.20%
  United Kingdom 0.17%
  Germany 0.16%
  Netherlands 0.13%
  Iran 0.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 99.32%
Gateway 0.23%
Hewlett-Packard 0.21%
Dell 0.15%
ASUS 0.04%
Sony 0.02%
Common models
Gateway NE56R 30.45%
Gateway NV55C 7.06%
Gateway NV57H 6.65%
Gateway NV53A 5.75%
Gateway NV53 4.90%
Gateway NV55S 3.16%

About Gateway

Gateway (acquired by Acer Inc.
Publisher URL: www.gateway.com


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