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Should I remove Lenovo Smile Dock?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
46% remove it54% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,767
United States Rank #7,898
Reach 0.0170%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.77 days
612.61 days >
Average installed length: 321.88 days


VersionDistribution 44.05% 1.79% 43.45% 9.23% 1.49%

Lenovo Smile Dock

What is Lenovo Smile Dock?

Lenovo Smile Dock is a pre-installed software application available on some Lenovo computers. Users activate the dock by clicking an icon of a gray circle with a smile upon it. This the opens the dock, which contains features such as a Web search and links to online tools such as email and weather information plus some Lenovo products and services.


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Lenovo computers. 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. 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 CenterStage.exe. The software installer includes 32 files and is usually about 11.39 MB (11,944,316 bytes).

Lenovo Smile Dock 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.
Lenovo Smile Dock is typically pre-installed with Lenovo computers.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Lenovo PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It is often time or functionally (lite version) limited for Lenovo computers.
  • If you do not use this program you might consider remvoing it as it often consumes system resources, even if not actively being run, adversely affecting system responsiveness.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ddni.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\DDNi\Lenovo Smile Dock
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\{DC88B4E9-0A30-46AE-A4D5-38E7C0D304E4}\Smile Dock Setup" REMOVE=TRUE MODIFY=FALSE
Estimated size: 11.39 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Lenovo Smile Dock

Program executable:CenterStage.exe
Name:Lenovo Smile Dock
Path:C:\Program Files\DDNi\Lenovo Smile Dock\CenterStage.exe
Additional files:
  • ShockwaveFlashObjects.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'ShockwaveFlashObjects'.
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Interop.SHDocVw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • Interop.Microsoft.Feeds.Interop.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'Feeds'.
  • Infragistics3.WPF.v7.2.dll (by Infragistics) - Infragistics NetAdvantage for WPF (Infragistics3.Wpf.v7.2)
  • CenterStage.exe (by Digital Delivery Networks) - Lenovo Smile Dock
  • LenovoSplash.dll (by Digital Delivery Networks) - LenovoSplash
  • TWS.dll - TWS
  • AspX2.dll - AspX2
  • AxShockwaveFlashObjects.dll
  • DDNiAddIns.dll - Add-Ins
  • DDNiUtility.dll - DDNi Utilities
  • Resources.dll - Resources
  • setup.exe - Setup

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CenterStage.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F836878A-7118-4587-9022-7360C85E33B1}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • CenterStage.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Lenovo Smile Dock (Cody).

How do I remove Lenovo Smile Dock?

You can uninstall Lenovo Smile Dock 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 Lenovo Smile Dock, 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 Lenovo Smile Dock.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP 1%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 46%
Keep it 54%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 88.69%
Windows 10 10.42%
Windows XP 0.89%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 87.76%
Windows 10 Home 9.55%
Windows 7 Starter 0.60%
Windows 8.1 Pro 0.60%
Microsoft Windows XP 0.60%
Windows 8 Pro 0.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

93.27% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 93.27%
  Canada 1.59%
  India 1.06%
  Philippines 0.53%
  Australia 0.35%
  Israel 0.35%
  Iran 0.35%
  Italy 0.35%
  TZ 0.18%
  South Africa 0.18%
  France 0.18%
  Sri Lanka 0.18%
  Mexico 0.18%
  Pakistan 0.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 99.69%
Gateway 0.31%
Common models
LENOVO 0679 27.71%
LENOVO 4334 10.84%
LENOVO 0914 8.73%
LENOVO 4383 6.33%
LENOVO IdeaPad Y560... 6.33%
LENOVO 2958 6.02%

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PixelDustover a year ago
Thanks for the "uninstall" directions! Helpful.