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VersionDistribution 100.00%

PI Software Development Kit PI-SDK


PI Software Development Kit PI-SDK is a software program developed by OSIsoft. 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 primary executable is named aboutpi-sdk.exe. The setup package generally installs about 42 files and is usually about 126.29 MB (132,425,588 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 7. While about 82% of users of PI Software Development Kit PI-SDK come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Chile.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: techsupport.osisoft.com
Help link: techsupport.osisoft.com/support_sdk.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PIPC\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{79C53F13-EB4B-4F0C-8B1B-747A889212DC}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 126.29 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PI Software Development Kit PI-SDK

Program executable:aboutpi-sdk.exe
PI-SDK "About box" utility
Path:C:\Program Files\pipc\pisdk\aboutpi-sdk.exe
Additional files:
  • PISDKCommon.dll - PI-SDK, PISDKCommon X86 Module (PISDKCommon X86 Module)
  • PISDKParse.dll - PI-SDK, PISDKParse X86 Module (PISDKParse X86 Module)
  • pisdk.dll - PI-SDK, PI-SDK X86 Module (PI-SDK X86 Module)
  • pi2srvr.dll - PI-SDK, PI2Srvr Module (PI2Srvr Module)
  • pilogsrv.exe - PI-API log utility (pilogsrv)
  • MDBTree.ocx - PI-SDK Controls (This file contains the following PI-SDK Controls:MDBTree Control.)
  • PISDKCtl.ocx - This file contains the following PI-SDK Controls: PI-ServerPickList.
  • PISDKDlg.dll - PI-SDK Dialogs
  • 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
  • bufserv.exe - bufserv
  • bufutil.exe - bufutil
  • 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
  • RegPlugIn.exe - OSIsoft Register AFSDK Plug-In
  • SetPISystem.exe - OSIsoft AFSDK Set PISystem
  • OSIsoft.AXMDBTREE.dll
  • OSIsoft.AXPISDKCTL.dll

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 Software Development Kit PI-SDK?

Quickly and completely remove PI Software Development Kit (PI-SDK) from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall PI Software Development Kit PI-SDK 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 Software Development Kit (PI-SDK), 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 Software Development Kit PI-SDK.

Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win 8 8%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 91.67%
Windows 8 8.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 50.00%
Windows 7 Enterprise 41.67%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 8.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

82.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 82.14%
  Canada 3.57%
  Chile 3.57%
  Germany 3.57%
  Malaysia 3.57%
  Thailand 3.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 66.67%
Lenovo 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard 16.67%
Common models
Dell OptiPlex 990 16.67%
LENOVO 2320HMU 8.33%
LENOVO 20296 8.33%
HP EliteBook 2570p 8.33%
HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF 8.33%
Dell Precision WorkStatio... 8.33%


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