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Should I remove Microsoft Web Platform Installer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,299
United States Rank #4,374
Reach 0.0933%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 452.59 days
1307.64 days >
Average installed length: 687.07 days


3.0.5 78.24%
3.0.4 6.69%
3.0.3 9.58%
3.0.2 0.33%
3.0.1 4.73%
3.0.0 0.44%

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Microsoft Web Platform Installer 3.0

What is Microsoft Web Platform Installer?  (from Microsoft)

The Web Platform Installer (WebPI) is a simplified download/install experience for all of Microsoft’s free web products. It includes everything that you need to get up and running to build your web solutions – from servers, tools, and technologies, including the most recently updated products. You can also choose from ...  Read more


Microsoft Web Platform Installer 3.0 is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 3.0.5, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named WebPlatformInstaller.exe. The setup package generally installs about 17 files and is usually about 2.82 MB (2,953,728 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 55% of users of Microsoft Web Platform Installer come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6164
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft\web platform installer\transformation files
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{F3D7BBAA-7412-4388-B510-11E145D2C48B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.82 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Web Platform Installer 3.0

Program executable:WebPlatformInstaller.exe
Name:Microsoft IIS Extensions
Web Platform Installer
Additional files:
  • npwpidetector.dll - WPI Detector 1.4 (wpidetector)
  • microsoft.web.platforminstaller.dll - Microsoft IIS Extensions
  • microsoft.web.platforminstaller.ui.dll
  • webplatforminstaller.exe - Web Platform Installer
  • wpidetector.ocx - Web Platform Installer (WebPI ActiveX Detector)
  • microsoft.web.platforminstaller.ui.resources.dll
  • webplatforminstaller.resources.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npwpidetector.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npwpidetector.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npwpidetector.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'WPI Detector 1.4'.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • webplatforminstaller.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'WebPlatformInstaller' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Web Platform Installer\WebPlatformInstaller.exe" "/id" "wpC://SQLExpress&ASPNET&NETFramework4&MVC2&Silverlight4Tools&NETEXTENSIBILITY&ISAPIExtensions&ISAPIFilters&StaticCon.

How do I remove Microsoft Web Platform Installer?

You can uninstall Microsoft Web Platform Installer 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 Web Platform Installer 3.0, 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 Web Platform Installer.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Microsoft Web Platform Installer 3.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win XP 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.10%
Windows Vista 10.01%
Windows XP 9.36%
Windows 10 6.47%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.09%
Windows 7 Professional 17.54%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.08%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.29%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.59%
Windows 10 Home 2.80%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.99% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.99%
  United Kingdom 5.41%
  Germany 4.95%
  Canada 3.30%
  Italy 2.37%
  France 2.28%
  Netherlands 2.11%
  Australia 1.52%
  Belgium 1.35%
  Japan 1.35%
  Brazil 1.31%
  Israel 1.31%
  Spain 1.10%
  India 0.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.57%
Hewlett-Packard 25.41%
Acer 13.82%
ASUS 5.99%
Toshiba 5.12%
Intel 4.25%
Samsung 2.80%
Lenovo 1.35%
Sahara 1.16%
American Megatrends 1.06%
Apple 0.77%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.84%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.40%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.43%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.21%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.21%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 1.99%

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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