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Should I remove Microsoft LifeChat?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,171
United States Rank #7,544
Reach 0.0494%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 32.24 days
951.15 days >
Average installed length: 499.76 days


VersionDistribution 92.29% 7.50% 0.21%

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Microsoft LifeChat

What is Microsoft LifeChat?

Microsoft Lifechat is a brand of headsets created by Microsoft. LifeChat headsets include headphones, and an attached noise-cancelling microphone. Also included is a button to start voice conversations using Windows Live Messenger. The LifeChat LX-3000 is a wired headset that connects to a PC by a USB cable. The headset features a microphone on an adjustable boom that can rotate up and down. The headset also has an in-line volume control switch with a mute button and a Windows Live Call button that activates voice calls in Microsoft Windows. The LX-3000 uses the CM108 USB audio chip from C-Media.


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. 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 installer includes 17 files and is usually about 7.33 MB (7,682,560 bytes). updateres.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/hardware/support/default.mspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft lifechat
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{BD198331-FF8A-4DEB-9F30-A0AC56625A3B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 7.33 MB
Language: Portuguese (Brazil)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft LifeChat

  • difxapi.dll - Driver Install Frameworks API (DIFxAPI) (Driver Install Frameworks for API library module)
  • dw15.exe - Microsoft Application Error Reporting
  • checker.exe - Microsoft Hardware Shared Component (Microsoft Hardware Checker)
  • downloader.exe - Microsoft Hardware Downloader
  • ausetting.exe - Microsoft LifeChat
  • lcexp.exe
  • lifechat.exe
  • lifechatres.dll
  • mshheadset.dll
  • propertiesdialog.exe
  • updateres.dll - Microsoft Hardware Update Resource DLL
  • dwintl.dll
  • xusb21.sys - Windows Common Controller Driver (Windows Common Controller)
  • wdfcoinstaller01001.dll - WDF Coinstaller
  • wdfcoinstaller01005.dll
  • wdfcoinstaller01007.dll
  • wdfcoinstaller01009.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • propertiesdialog.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BCFB5C00-CF9C-4DFC-B578-A78357C93D1F}' (runs on registration).
  • lifechat.exe is scheduled as a task named 'LifeChatTask' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • lifechat.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'LifeChat' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeChat\LifeChat.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.5 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000277822%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002224%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000554%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:11,510
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:12 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Microsoft LifeChat?

You can uninstall Microsoft LifeChat 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 LifeChat, 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 LifeChat.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win Vista 0%
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 69.81%
Windows 10 16.79%
Windows Vista 8.19%
Windows XP 5.12%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.24%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.28%
Windows 7 Professional 12.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.04%
Windows 10 Home 4.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.54%
  United Kingdom 7.41%
  Canada 5.33%
  Italy 5.25%
  Brazil 4.08%
  Germany 4.00%
  Australia 3.58%
  France 2.41%
  Belgium 1.58%
  Spain 1.50%
  Israel 1.25%
  Netherlands 1.25%
  New Zealand 1.08%
  Finland 1.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.41%
Hewlett-Packard 26.17%
Acer 14.21%
ASUS 9.91%
Toshiba 3.74%
Samsung 3.18%
Intel 2.06%
American Megatrends 1.31%
Lenovo 1.12%
Alienware 0.93%
MSI 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.66%
ASUS All Series 4.53%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.40%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.26%
Dell Dell DM061 1.89%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.89%

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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