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What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #587
United States Rank #952
Reach 1.1560%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.54 days
576.51 days >
Average installed length: 302.91 days


VersionDistribution 0.00% 0.01% 0.00% 0.01% 0.01% 0.02% 0.00% 0.01% 0.03% 0.02% 0.01% 0.00% 0.04% 0.04% 0.12% 0.05% 0.11% 0.05% 0.07% 0.13% 0.09% 0.01% 0.07% 0.02% 1.29% 1.29% 4.25% 0.08% 0.34% 1.72% 0.10% 0.11% 5.84% 10.17% 6.87% 0.00% 0.89% 1.47% 16.13% 2.01% 0.00% 0.63% 5.70% 0.33% 4.63% 0.54% 0.06% 0.14% 1.26% 0.46% 0.58%
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PlayMemories Home

What is PlayMemories Home?

PlayMemories Home is software that enables you to import videos and photos to a computer, and browse them.

About  (from Sony)

Whether at home or out and about -- always access your photos and videos from your favorite devices. PlayMemories Online makes it instant and easy. Viewing photos and videos across your favorite devices has never been easier with PlayMemories Online. Your photos and videos are automatically formatted for instant viewin...  Read more


PlayMemories Home is a software program developed by Sony. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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. 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 primary executable is named pmbbrowser.exe. The setup package generally installs about 75 files and is usually about 938.54 KB (961,070 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 36% of users of PlayMemories Home come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
Sony has been criticized for loading its VAIO laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes. Sony also offers a Fresh start option in some countries which allows a new computer to be shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software pre-installed.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Sony PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\PlayMemories Home\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{E03CD71A-F595-49DF-9ADC-0CFC93B1B211}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 938.54 KB

Program filesFiles installed by PlayMemories Home

Program executable:pmbbrowser.exe
Name:PlayMemories Home
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\playmemories home\pmbbrowser.exe
Additional files:
  • DrpExTimelineMediaObject.dll
  • DrpPMediaReaderEngine.dll
  • DrpDvAviRenderEngine.dll
  • DrpMediaObject.dll - DrpCreateMediaObject.dll
  • DrpExTimelineObject.dll
  • DrpMpegRenderEngine.dll
  • aacdecdll.dll - Sony MPEG4 AAC Decoder (aacdecdll)
  • DrpMP4RenderEngine.dll
  • DefSdkAudioEffectFade.dll - DefSdkAudioEffectFade (Fade Effect)
  • DrpBasebandObject.dll
  • DefSdkChannelMapping.dll - DefSdkChannelMapping (Channel Mapping)
  • DrpGeneralObject.dll
  • DrpPreviewEngine.dll
  • DefSdkVolumeControl.dll - DefSdkVolumeControl (Volume Control)
  • DrpDvAviEngine.dll
  • DrpDvAviObject.dll
  • DrpRawDvEngine.dll
  • 360VideoWMVConv.dll - PlayMemories Home (360VideoWMVConv)
  • ActionCamMovieCreator.exe - ACMC
  • AnimationHtmlMaker.exe - Animation Html Maker
  • AVIndexAccessor2.dll - AVIndex Accessor2
  • AVIWriterCore.dll
  • BDBurner.dll - BDBurner
  • BG360Converter.exe - 360 Converter
  • BG360Viewer.exe - 360 Viewer
  • CameraContextMenu.dll - Camera Device Context Menu
  • CancelAutoPlay.dll - CancelAutoPlay
  • ContentEditor.dll - ContentEditor
  • Convert4UploadEx.dll - Convert4UploadEx
  • DefSdkVideoEffectPainter.dll - DefSdkVideoEffectPainter
  • DrpCustomIpp2.dll
  • DrpExWrapper.dll - DrpExWrapper
  • DrpJpegEngine.dll
  • DrpMpegEngine.dll
  • DrpMpegObject.dll
  • giflib.dll - giflib
  • IFHls.dll - IFHls
  • IFRedEye.dll - IFRedEye
  • IFSharpness.dll - IFSharpness
  • IFToneCurve.dll - IFToneCurve
  • libjpegDll.dll - libjpegDll
  • libtiff.dll - libtiff
  • ParseMP4.dll - ParseMP4
  • PMB_SDK.dll - PlayMemories Home SDK
  • PMBAnnounce.exe - Information Tool
  • PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe - Device Information Provider
  • PMBDownloader.exe - Downloader
  • PMBEnvironmentCheckTool.exe - PlayMemories Home Environment Check Tool
  • PMBFileConfig.exe - PlayMemories Home File Config
  • PMBInit.exe - Settings Initialization Tool
  • PMBMtpDeviceSwitch.exe - MtpDeviceSwitch
  • PMBSlideshow.exe - Slide Show Viewer
  • PMBVideoDecoder.dll - PMBVideoDecoder
  • PMBVolumeWatcher.exe - Media Check Tool
  • XpStorageDevice_WinXp2k.dll - XpStorageDevice_WinXp2k
  • DefSdkVideoFilterMZR.dll - VAIO Movie Story (DefSdkVideoFilterMZR)
  • DrpAc3Engine.dll
  • DrpCustomIpp.dll
  • DrpMP4Engine.dll
  • DrpMP4Object.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • PMBVolumeWatcher.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'SonyPMBImportPicturesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'SonyPMB.VolumeAutoPlay' and the action verb 'launch.
Scheduled Task
  • PMBBrowser.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{1C6F2816-5F62-4A74-A94B-122847EAF782}' (runs on registration).
  • PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe runs as a service named 'PMBDeviceInfoProvider' (PMBDeviceInfoProvider).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PMBVolumeWatcher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PMBVolumeWatcher' which loads as C:\Program Files\Sony\PlayMemories Home\PMBVolumeWatcher.exe.

How do I remove PlayMemories Home?

You can uninstall PlayMemories Home 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 PlayMemories Home, 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 PlayMemories Home.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 57.37%
Windows 7 37.50%
Windows Vista 3.15%
Windows XP 1.97%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.90%
Windows 8.1 18.29%
Windows 10 Home 12.24%
Windows 8 7.12%
Windows 7 Professional 6.45%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.62%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.67%
  Germany 9.56%
  United Kingdom 5.60%
  Italy 5.58%
  France 4.80%
  Canada 3.21%
  Brazil 2.56%
  India 2.44%
  Netherlands 2.36%
  Australia 2.09%
  Japan 1.91%
  Belgium 1.65%
  Spain 1.59%
  Austria 1.34%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 47.81%
Hewlett-Packard 14.44%
Dell 12.86%
Acer 8.26%
ASUS 6.75%
Lenovo 2.47%
Toshiba 1.35%
Intel 1.11%
Medion 1.07%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.31%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.05%
Sony SVE1512C6EW 3.45%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.94%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.47%
Sony SVF1521A1EW 2.37%

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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