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Should I remove PowerDVD?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,575
United States Rank #2,029
Reach 0.1545%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.28 days
745.66 days >
Average installed length: 391.79 days


8.3 0.23%
8.2 0.03%
8.1 45.81%
8.0 13.60%
7.0 40.33%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Dell


What is PowerDVD?

This program is a rebranded version from Cyberlink for Dell PCs. PowerDVD is a media player for Microsoft Window that viewing of DVD. TrueTheater 3D uses a GPU-accelerated video converter to turn regular 2D movies into 3D. It also includes support for native 3D photos and movies, including Blu-ray 3D. PowerDVD plays a wide range of video formats, including mkv, flv, wtv, rm, rmvb, 3gp and 3g2. Both rm and rmvb formats require the installation of RealPlayer. Support for subtitle formats include smi, ass, ssa, psb, srt and sub. Live Comments lets PowerDVD users post opinions and comments to Facebook, Twitter and MoovieLive while a movie is playing.


It is typically pre-installed with most new Dell computers. The most common release is 8.1, 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. 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 primary executable is named powerdvd.exe. The setup package generally installs about 34 files and is usually about 25.22 MB (26,447,514 bytes).

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.
Dell had been criticized for pre-installing a number of trialware and other bundleware with its desktop and laptops, but after strong customer feedback agreed to offer limited pre-installed software on its machines.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Dell 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: www.dell.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD DX
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\00\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{6
Estimated size: 25.22 MB
Language: Spanish

Program filesFiles installed by PowerDVD

Program executable:powerdvd.exe
Name:CyberLink PowerDVD DX
Signed by:CyberLink
Path:C:\Program Files\cyberlink\powerdvd dx\powerdvd.exe
CyberLink PowerDVD is a media player for Microsoft Windows; several editions of the software are sold including "Ultra", "Deluxe" and "Standard". All editions support the viewing of DVD and the Ultra edition supports Blu-ray playback,...
Additional files:
  • CLFormatDetector.dll - FormatDetector Dynamic Link Library
  • fwnet.dll (by CyberLink) - CyberLink Windows Firewall Utility
  • CLVistaAudioMixer.dll - CyberLink Vista Audio Mixer
  • PDVDDXSrv.exe (by CyberLink) - Cyberlink PowerCinema (CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program)
  • CLAuMixer.dll - CyberLink CLAuMixer (CLAuMixer)
  • CLDrvChk.exe - CyberLink CLDrvChk (CLDrvChk)
  • FCL_DLL.dll (by cyberlink) - cyberlink FCL_DLL (FCL_DLL)
  • fxrtEnu.dll (by cyberlink) - cyberlink fxrtEnu (fxrtEnu)
  • QtCore4.dll (by Trolltech ASA) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtGui4.dll (by Trolltech ASA)
  • pthreadVC2.dll (by Open Source Software community project)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • PowerDVD.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'PDVDDXPlayBluRayOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'DVD' and the action verb 'PlayWithPDVDDX.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • PDVDDXSrv.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PDVDDXSrv.exe_0528030332' (runs on registration).
  • PowerDVD.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B291BF25-36DB-4219-B2C7-E1D5919C6F0B}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PDVDDXSrv.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PDVDDXSrv' which loads as "C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD DX\PDVDDXSrv.exe".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • PowerDVD.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD DX\PowerDVD.exe'.
  • PDVDDXSrv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD DX\PDVDDXSrv.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.32 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0009795954%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00066635%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00031325%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:41,593
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:441 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove PowerDVD?

You can uninstall PowerDVD 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 PowerDVD, 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 PowerDVD.

Win Vista (SP2) 62%
Win Server 2003 0%
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 Vista 68.12%
Windows XP 15.22%
Windows 7 14.82%
Windows 10 1.77%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Basic 30.32%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 27.67%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.98%
Windows Vista Business 8.90%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.08%
Windows 7 Professional 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.49%
  United Kingdom 5.54%
  Canada 2.77%
  Australia 1.31%
  Japan 0.83%
  Germany 0.78%
  France 0.72%
  Brazil 0.61%
  India 0.52%
  Belgium 0.48%
  Mexico 0.46%
  Netherlands 0.46%
  Italy 0.41%
  Ireland 0.39%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 99.08%
ASUS 0.23%
Acer 0.20%
Hewlett-Packard 0.17%
Lenovo 0.17%
Toshiba 0.07%
Intel 0.03%
Alienware 0.03%
Sony 0.03%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 15.40%
Dell Inspiron 530 9.45%
Dell Vostro 200 5.51%
Dell Studio 1555 4.85%
Dell Inspiron 530s 4.23%
Dell Studio 540 3.82%

About Dell

Dell manufactures, sells and supports computers and related products and services.
Publisher URL: www.dell.com

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Chrisover a year ago
It is a big program with excellent qualities and it will do all of what windows media player will do. Be prepared to be asked to upgrade frequently, it is annoying. I removed it and use VLC Media Player it is free and dependable. Power DVD can cause bad problems trust me.