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1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,337
United States Rank #11,267
Reach 0.0344%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.10 days
740.54 days >
Average installed length: 389.10 days


VersionDistribution 0.15% 0.15% 0.74% 0.15% 1.33% 21.53% 0.15% 1.03% 30.68% 0.74% 0.59% 4.57% 3.98% 0.74% 0.15% 0.15% 22.42% 5.60% 3.24% 0.29% 0.59% 0.15% 0.29% 0.15% 0.44%

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Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client

What is Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client?  (from Microsoft)

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) can make applications available to end user computers without having to install the applications directly on those computers. This is made possible through a process known as sequencing the application , which enables each application to run in its own self-contained virtual...  Read more


Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client is a program developed by Microsoft. The most used version is, 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. 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 sfttray.exe. The software installer includes 29 files and is usually about 70.32 MB (73,734,467 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 39% of users of Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=108247&clcid=0x409
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{342C9BB8-65A0-46DE-AB7A-8031E151AF69}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 70.32 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client

Program executable:sfttray.exe
Name:Microsoft Application Virtualization
Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Tray
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft application virtualization client\sfttray.exe
Additional files:
  • mavcperf.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization (Microsoft Application Virtualization Client PerfMon Provider)
  • mavcperfres.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client PerfMon Provider Resources
  • mavinject32.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization Injector
  • mavinject64.exe
  • sentinel.dll - App Virt Compatibility
  • sentinel_64.dll
  • sftclientres.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Resource Library
  • SftCMC.dll - SftCMC Snap-In Module
  • sftcmcres.dll - SftCMC Snap-In Resources
  • sftcomp.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Compression Utilities
  • sftcore.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Core
  • sftdcc.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Configuration Controller
  • sftdde.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher
  • sftevent.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Event Log Message Catalog
  • sftfsi.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client File System Interface
  • sftfsi_wow64.dll
  • sftintf.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Interface Layer
  • sftlist.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Service
  • sftlp.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization Launcher
  • sftlp64.exe
  • sftmime.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Configuration CLI
  • sftpsr.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Parser
  • sftsharedres.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Shared Resource Library
  • sftsync.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Synchronization Manager
  • sftuser.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization User Management Library
  • sftvsa.exe - Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Service Agent
  • SGCliprv.dll - Microsoft Application Virtualization Client WMI Provider
  • Nlsdl.dll - Nls Downlevel DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Services
  • sftvsa.exe runs as a service named 'Application Virtualization Service Agent' (sftvsa) "Monitors global service events and launches virtual services.".
  • sftlist.exe runs as a service named 'Application Virtualization Client' (sftlist) "Streams and manages applications.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • sfttray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SoftGridTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client\SFTTray.exe" /autostart.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • sfttray.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client\sfttray.exC:*:enableC:OmniVista 4760 Client'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.06 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0019547329%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00132775%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00062698%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:12,816
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:14 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:116 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.77 MB
Total CPU:0.0000543818%
Kernel CPU:0.00001820%
User CPU:0.00003618%
CPU cycles/sec:294

How do I remove Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client?

You can uninstall Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client 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 Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client, 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 Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client.

Win 7 (SP1) 86%
Win 7 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 87.46%
Windows 10 9.00%
Windows XP 3.54%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Enterprise 82.17%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 6.39%
Windows 7 Professional 3.57%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.42%
Windows 8 Enterprise 1.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.04%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.51%
  Australia 10.44%
  Netherlands 7.05%
  Sweden 6.53%
  United Kingdom 5.61%
  Germany 4.96%
  Canada 2.61%
  India 1.96%
  DK 1.70%
  France 1.70%
  Brazil 1.70%
  Belgium 1.44%
  Israel 1.44%
  Spain 1.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 49.91%
Hewlett-Packard 30.78%
Lenovo 10.93%
Acer 3.28%
Intel 3.10%
Toshiba 1.46%
Common models
Dell Latitude E5440 5.86%
Dell Latitude E6420 5.18%
Dell Latitude E6330 4.05%
Dell Latitude E6430 3.38%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.93%
HP EliteBook 8460p 2.48%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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