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Should I remove NETGEAR USB Control Center?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,980
United States Rank #5,041
Reach 0.0508%


1.36 28.04%
1.34 0.80%
1.32 58.68%
1.27 6.89%
1.11 5.59%

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NETGEAR USB Control Center

What is NETGEAR USB Control Center?

Included with the ReadySHARE® USB Storage Access device and software.

About  (from NETGEAR)

On each computer that will share the printer, download the NETGEAR USB Control Center utility. You must install this utility before you can use the ReadySHARE Printer feature. For the ReadySHARE Printer feature to work, this utility must be run in the background. Once the Connect button has been clicked once on all of ...  Read more


NETGEAR USB Control Center is a program developed by NETGEAR. The most used version is 1.32, 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 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 Control Center.exe. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 20.82 MB (21,833,786 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 75% of users of NETGEAR USB Control Center come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.netgear.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\USB Control Center\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4BA8CC94-07C4-43DA-A952-8C67017728B6}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 20.82 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by NETGEAR USB Control Center

Program executable:Control Center.exe
Control Center
Path:C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\USB Control Center\Control Center.exe
Additional files:
  • Choose_Language.exe
  • Control Center.exe - Control Center
  • NuDrvInst.exe
  • NuDrvInst64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Choose_Language.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CB0E45E0-DEA6-46AD-8B8C-3D9714D61CE8}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Control Center.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named NETGEAR USB Control Center_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Control Center.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Control Center' and executes as C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\USB Control Center\Control Center.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Control Center.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NETGEAR USB Control Center' which loads as C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\USB Control Center\Control Center.exe -mini.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Control Center.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\USB Control Center\Control Center.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Control Center.exe
Memory:4.24 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001592486%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012478%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003447%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:555,777
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:357 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove NETGEAR USB Control Center?

You can uninstall NETGEAR USB Control Center 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 NETGEAR USB Control Center, 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 NETGEAR USB Control Center.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 18%
Keep it 82%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.40%
Windows 10 43.43%
Windows Vista 4.08%
Windows XP 2.89%
Windows Server 2003 0.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.51%
Windows 10 Home 13.09%
Windows 7 Professional 12.08%
Windows 8.1 11.28%
Windows 10 Pro 7.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.95%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.30%
  Australia 4.74%
  Italy 3.68%
  Canada 2.41%
  United Kingdom 2.34%
  Germany 2.12%
  Netherlands 1.34%
  Switzerland 1.13%
  South Africa 0.92%
  DK 0.71%
  Austria 0.64%
  New Zealand 0.64%
  Norway 0.50%
  Belgium 0.28%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.88%
Dell 26.55%
Acer 12.11%
ASUS 10.56%
Toshiba 7.61%
Lenovo 4.50%
Samsung 1.09%
MSI 0.93%
Intel 0.78%
American Megatrends 0.62%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.83%
ASUS All Series 5.50%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.21%
Dell XPS 8500 3.24%
Dell XPS 8300 2.27%
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook ... 2.27%


Netgear is amanufacturer of computer networking equipment and other computer hardware and sells products through multiple sales channels worldwide, including online retailers, wholesale distributors, direct market resellers, value-added resellers and broadband service providers.
Publisher URL: www.netgear.com


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