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Should I remove OOBE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,297
United States Rank #14,955
Reach 0.0579%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.95 days
352.41 days >
Average installed length: 185.16 days


VersionDistribution 2.45% 11.39% 0.88% 44.61%
3.20.1101 2.63%
3.20.1018 8.50%
3.10.0630 12.27%
3.00.0519 3.51%
3.00.0511.2 0.26%
3.00.0215 11.48%
1.00.11121 2.02%

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What is OOBE?

OOBE (VAIO Out Of Box Experience) is part of the Welcome Center application that is pre-installed on various VAIO computers. The programs is designed to show new users the tools and functionality that comes pre-installed with the new computer. It also includes offers to several trialware applications. It also sets up the welcome page for when the user first switches on the laptop out of the box and provides the ability to configure things like username and passwords. After running the software the first time, this program can be safely removed from the PC.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. 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 main program executable is OOBEAppLauncher.exe. The software installer includes 34 files and is usually about 61.67 MB (64,666,541 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\OOBE
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\10\50\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Informat
Estimated size: 61.67 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by OOBE

Program executable:OOBEAppLauncher.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Sony\OOBE\OOBEAppLauncher.exe
Additional files:
  • keyutilities.dll - KeyUtilities
  • metrics.dll - Metrics
  • oemfirstrun.exe - OOBE
  • interop.taskscheduler.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'TaskScheduler'.
  • microsoft.mshtml.dll - Assembly imported from type library MSHTML
  • OOBEReminder.exe (by Sony Electronics) - OOBE Registration Reminder
  • wlancontrol.dll - WLANControl
  • XCopyDir.exe (by Sony Electronics) - XCopyDir
  • OOBEAppLauncher.exe
  • OOBESendInfo.exe
  • SymSilentOEM.exe (by Symantec) - Symantec Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • OOBESendInfo.exe is scheduled as a task named 'OOBESendInfo' (runs when idle).
  • OOBEAppLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task named 'OOBEApplauncher' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • OEMFirstRun.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named OOBEReminder.
  • OOBEReminder.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named OOBEReminder.

How do I remove OOBE?

You can uninstall OOBE 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 OOBE, 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 OOBE.

Win 7 (SP1) 85%
Win 8.1 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 91.42%
Windows 10 8.58%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 51.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 24.38%
Windows 7 Starter 8.01%
Windows 10 Home 6.07%
Windows 7 Professional 4.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.99%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.90% of installs come from Brazil
Which countries install it?
  Brazil 26.90%
  Canada 26.90%
  United States 15.06%
  Mexico 10.83%
  Argentina 4.23%
  Chile 3.81%
  Colombia 3.81%
  Spain 1.18%
  Iran 0.85%
  Peru 0.76%
  Ecuador 0.51%
  Guatemala 0.42%
  Venezuela 0.42%
  Germany 0.42%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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