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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #150
United States Rank #108
Reach 3.3353%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.41 days
484.10 days >
Average installed length: 254.36 days


VersionDistribution 4.70% 2.03% 2.90% 1.23% 9.94% 0.41% 8.16% 0.22% 4.88% 2.17% 3.30% 12.79% 0.86% 0.72% 3.72% 5.88% 0.59% 2.50% 12.53% 9.52% 4.34% 0.10% 5.51% 0.22% 0.69% 0.08%

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LightScribe System Software

What is LightScribe System Software?

The LightScribe System Software (LSS) is required for proper operation of your LightScribe system. Updates are released regularly to support new hardware or recently introduced LightScribe CDs and DVDs, and will ensure optimal and reliable operation of your LightScribe Labeling system.

About  (from LightScribe)

A LightScribe-enabled optical drive. Although LightScribe technology makes use of existing hardware, additional hardware and firmware components are required to enable LightScribe labeling. LightScribe System Software; this is very similar to a device driver but is specific to LightScribe commands. Each hardware manufa...  Read more


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 LSLauncher.exe. The setup package generally installs about 31 files and is usually about 37.31 MB (39,125,937 bytes). The program is built using the Nokia Qt cross-platforms native C++ framework.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lightscribe.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{2FA75B40-17C9-4D22-88CA-80A5D52FAB13}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 37.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by LightScribe System Software

Program executable:LSLauncher.exe
Signed by:Hewlett-Packard Company
Path:C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSLauncher.exe
HP LightScribe is an optical disc recording technology that uses specially coated recordable CD and DVD media to produce laser-etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs.
Additional files:
  • LightScribeControlPanel.exe (by Hewlett-Packard Company) - LightScribe
  • LSCAPI.dll (by Hewlett-Packard Company)
  • LSCMHT.dll
  • LSDrComm.dll
  • LSImSE.dll
  • LSLauncher.exe
  • LSLog.dll
  • LSMCtr.dll
  • LSPrintAPI.dll
  • LSPrintDialog.exe - LightScribe Print Options Dialog
  • LSPrintingDialog.exe - LightScribe Printing Dialog
  • LSPrintLauncher.dll
  • LSPrtEn.dll
  • LSRunOnce.exe
  • LSSMsg.dll
  • LSSProxy.dll
  • LSSrvc.exe - LightScribe Service
  • LSTrMp.dll
  • QtCore4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtGui4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies))

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • LSLauncher.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'LightScribeOnArrivalAP' with the ProgID of 'LightScribe.AutoPlayHandler' and the action verb 'LabelLightScribeDisc.
5 Scheduled Tasks
  • LSLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{30CFE10C-3BE7-4D57-80DE-B6197D7D550D}' (runs on registration).
  • LightScribeControlPanel.exe is scheduled as a task named 'LightScribe (optimized)' (runs weekly on Wednesdays at 00:00).
  • LSPrintingDialog.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{88B96991-313B-40BA-B5B3-B0BDBCF302CF}' (runs on registration).
  • LSPrintDialog.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AA51C55D-AFB4-4D2A-AACD-50BC66702CD3}' (runs on registration).
  • LSSrvc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C44122BC-2893-49EE-AD77-95697EA70424}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • LightScribeControlPanel.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named LightScribe Control Panel (2).
  • LSSrvc.exe runs as a service named 'LightScribeService' (LightScribeService) "Used by the LightScribe software components to support 3rd party disc labeling applications using the LightScribe COM Application Programming Interface (LSCAPI). This service needs to run for LightScribe direct disc labeling to work.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • LightScribeControlPanel.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'LightScribeControlPanel.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe -hidden.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • LightScribeControlPanel.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'LightScribe Control Panel' which loads as C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe -hidden.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • LightScribeControlPanel.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.84 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002583713%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00023919%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001919%
0.015104% average
Memory:1.5 MB
Kernel CPU:0.00000029%

How do I remove LightScribe System Software?

You can uninstall LightScribe System Software 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 LightScribe System Software, 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 LightScribe System Software.

Win 7 (SP1) 74%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 80.54%
Windows 10 10.17%
Windows Vista 7.28%
Windows XP 1.99%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 60.82%
Windows 7 Professional 9.87%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.37%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.41%
Windows 10 Home 5.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 1.95%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.49%
  Germany 5.48%
  United Kingdom 3.94%
  Canada 3.81%
  France 3.78%
  Italy 3.04%
  Australia 1.59%
  Netherlands 1.37%
  Spain 1.25%
  Brazil 0.99%
  Belgium 0.92%
  Sweden 0.91%
  Mexico 0.68%
  Austria 0.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 92.33%
Dell 2.58%
Intel 0.64%
ASUS 0.57%
Acer 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 18.23%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 11.91%
HP G62 Notebook PC 8.27%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 3.46%
HP G60 Notebook PC 3.07%
HP G72 Notebook PC 3.06%

Publisher URL: www.lightscribe.com


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