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PI DataLink


PI DataLink is a software program developed by OSIsoft. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 setup package generally installs about 79 files and is usually about 50.22 MB (52,654,913 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 78% of users of PI DataLink come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Malaysia.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: techsupport.osisoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PIPC\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{C8CC2919-C271-4050-AC7D-BD1CAA883AA5}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 50.22 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by PI DataLink

  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIPerformanceEquationEditor.dll - PI Performance Equations SMT3 Plug-In (Performance Equations)
  • PI-ICU.exe - PI-Interface Configuration Utility (PI-Interface Configuration Utility "PI-ICU")
  • PISDKRegistry.dll - PI-SDK, PISDKRegistry Module (PISDKRegistry Module)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PINetworkManagerStatistics.dll - PINetworkManagerStatistics (Network Manager Statistics)
  • PISDKCommon.dll - PI-SDK, PISDKCommon Module (PISDKCommon Module)
  • PISDKParse.dll - PI-SDK, PISDKParse Module (PISDKParse Module)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIArchiveManager.dll - PI Archives SMT3 Plug-In (Archives)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIDatabaseSecurityEditor.dll - PIDatabaseSecurityEditor (Database Security)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIBatchCustomNamesEditor.dll - PIBatchCustomNameEditor (Batch Custom Names)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIServices.dll - PIServerProcessManager (PI Services)
  • pi2srvr.dll - PI-SDK, PI2Srvr Module (PI2Srvr Module)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIAutoPointSyncList.dll - PI AutoPointSync List (AutoPointSync List)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIBatchDatabaseEditor.dll - PIBatchDatabaseEditor (Batch Database)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIBufferServer.dll - PIBufferServerManager (Buffer Server)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIDigitalStateEditor.dll - PIDigitalStateEditor (Digital States)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIPointSourceTable.dll - PIPointSourceTable (Point Source Table)
  • pilogsrv.exe - PI-API log utility (pilogsrv)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIModuleDatabaseEditor.dll - PIModuleDatabase (Module Database)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIReasonTreeEditor.dll - ReasonTreeEditor (Reason Tree)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIRecordedValues.dll - PIRecordedValues (Recorded Values)
  • MDBTree.ocx - PI-SDK Controls (This file contains the following PI-SDK Controls:MDBTree Control.)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIInterfaces.dll - PIInterfaceList (Interface List)
  • PISDKCtl.ocx - This file contains the following PI-SDK Controls: PI-ServerPickList.
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.PISDK.Controls.PIArchiveEditor.dll - PIArchiveEditor
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PICurrentValue.dll - PICurrentValue (Current Values)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIPointBuilder.dll - PIPointBuilder (Point Builder)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIPointClasses.dll - PIPointClasses (Point Classes)
  • PISDKDlg.dll - PI-SDK Dialogs
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIMessageLogViewer.dll - PIMessageLogs (Message Logs)
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.PISDK.Controls.PISDKCtrlDlg.dll - PISDKCtrlDlg
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PILicenseViewer.dll - PILicensing (Licensing)
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.PISDKCommon.dll - PISDKCommon
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIBaGenCfg.dll - PIBaGenCfg (Batch Generator)
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.AXPISDKCTL.dll - AXPISDKCTL
  • ipisql.exe - PI Server (IPISQL)
  • piartool.exe - PI Archive Tool
  • piconfig.exe - PI Table Configuration Utility
  • pictrdll.dll - PI Performance Counter DLL
  • pidiag.exe - PI Diagnosis Utility
  • pigetmsg.exe - PI Get Message Utility
  • pilistupd.exe - PI Update Manager List Utility
  • pimsgss.exe - PI Message Subsystem
  • pinetmgr.exe - PI Network Manager
  • pintlog.dll - PI Event Viewer DLL
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.AXMDBTREE.dll - AXMDBTREE
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.PISDKCtl.dll - PISDKCtl
  • bufserv.exe - bufserv
  • bufutil.exe - bufutil
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.MDBTree.dll - MDBTree
  • AboutPI-SDK.exe - PI-SDK (PI-SDK "About box" utility)
  • OSIsoft.SMT.Plugins.PIPing.dll - PIPing (Ping)
  • pisdk.dll - PI-SDK ActiveX DLL
  • AFExplorer.exe - PI-AF (PI System Explorer)
  • AFExplorerCommon.dll - AFExplorerCommon
  • AFExport.exe - OSIsoft AFExport Utitlity
  • AFImport.exe - OSIsoft AFImport Utitlity
  • AFPlugInAssets.dll - AFPlugInAssets
  • AFPlugInUOM.dll - AFPlugInUOM
  • OSIsoft.I18N.LSTControl.dll - OSIsoft.I18N.LSTControl
  • policy.1.2.OSIsoft.PISDK.dll - PISDK
  • RegPlugIn.exe - OSIsoft Register AFSDK Plug-In

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Services
  • pinetmgr.exe runs as a service named 'PI Network Manager' (pinetmgr).
  • pimsgss.exe runs as a service named 'PI Message Subsystem' (pimsgss).
  • pilogsrv.exe runs as a service named 'PIPC Log Server' (pilogsrv) "Service to manage the number and size of PI-API log files (pipc.log).".
  • bufserv.exe runs as a service named 'PI-Buffer Server' (bufserv) "Service to buffer data sent to a PI server.".

How do I remove PI DataLink?

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Or, you can uninstall PI DataLink 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PI DataLink, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 PI DataLink.

Win 7 (SP1) 75%
Win 8 25%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows 8 25.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 75.00%
Windows 8 Pro 25.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

77.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 77.78%
  Canada 11.11%
  Malaysia 11.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.00%
Lenovo 25.00%
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6520 50.00%
HP Z230 Tower Workstation 25.00%


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