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3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,281
United States Rank #1,414
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.22 days
537.35 days >
Average installed length: 282.33 days


1.0.0 100.00%

SES Driver

What is SES Driver?

The SES Device Driver is the software driver for the Western Digital SES. It is a computer program used to communicate from the Windows PC OS to the SES device. This software is required in most cases for the hardware device to function properly and is included with the Western Digital SES. In most cases, drivers come with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates as well as downloaded from the Western Digital support website.


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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named devcon_x86.exe. The setup package generally installs about 173 files and is usually about 1.04 MB (1,090,048 bytes). The installed file classicshellupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\SES Driver\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{D8CC254C-C671-4664-9A38-FA368D1E2C97}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.04 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by SES Driver

Program executable:devcon_x86.exe
Name:Windows Setup API
Path:C:\Program Files\Western Digital\SES Driver\devcon_x86.exe
Additional files:
  • avcodec-mp-54.dll
  • avformat-mp-54.dll
  • avutil-mp-52.dll
  • libpng15.dll - LibPNG (PNG image compression library)
  • mediapreview.dll (by BabelSoft) - Media Preview (Windows shell extension to handle media file thumbnails)
  • swscale-mp-2.dll
  • tag.dll
  • WD Quick Formatter.exe - WDQuickFormatter.exe
  • WDCollections.dll - WDCollections Library (WDCollections)
  • WDContextMenuHandler.dll
  • WDSmartWare.Controls.dll - WDSmartWare.Controls
  • zlib.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • addinalerts.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Operating System
  • addinalerts.resources.dll (by Microsoft)
  • addininfrastructure.dll
  • adminclientcommon.dll
  • adminclientcommon.resources.dll
  • admincommon.dll
  • admincommon.resources.dll
  • alertframework.dll - Windows Server AlertFramework DLL
  • alertframework.resources.dll
  • alertsview.dll
  • alertsview.resources.dll
  • backupactions.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Health Actions
  • backupclientprovider.dll - Windows Server Backup Client Provider
  • backupdriverinstaller.exe - Windows Server Driver installer for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • backupresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Resource Library
  • backupserverprovider.dll - BackupServerProvider
  • backuputil.dll - Windows Server Backup Utility
  • CCleaner.exe (by Piriform Ltd) - CCleaner
  • CCleaner64.exe (by Piriform Ltd)
  • certcli.interop.dll - Windows Server Client Certificate Operation Library
  • certenroll.interop.dll - Windows Server Certificate Enrollment Library
  • certmanaged.dll - Windows Server Certificate Managed Lib
  • certnative.dll - Windows Server Certificate Native Lib
  • classicshellupdate.exe (by IvoSoft) - Classic Shell (Checks for a new version of Classic Shell)
  • classicstartmenu.exe (by IvoSoft) - Classic Start Menu
  • classicstartmenudll.dll
  • clientsetupcommon.dll - Windows Server Client Setup Common DLL
  • clientsetupcommon.resources.dll
  • clienttools.exe
  • clienttools.resources.dll
  • cnetclient.dll - Windows Server Networking Native Lib
  • cnetmanagement.dll - Windows Server Core Networking Management DLL
  • common.dll - Windows Server Common DLL
  • common.resources.dll
  • commonres.dll - Windows Server Common resource DLL
  • connectornotify.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Notify
  • connectornotify.resources.dll
  • coreproviders.dll - Windows Server Core Providers DLL
  • dashboardclient.exe - Windows Server Dashboard
  • dashboardclient.resources.dll
  • Dictionary.exe (by fish's dotNET) - Dictionary .NET
  • esclientps.dll - Windows Server Media Center Computer Authorization Proxy
  • essetup.exe - Windows Server Media Center Computer Setup
  • eventlogging.dll - Windows Server EventLogging DLL
  • eventlogmsg.dll - Event Log Messages
  • filebrowser.dll - Application extension for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • filebrowser.resources.dll
  • identitymanaged.dll - Windows Server Identity Lib

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • WDContextMenuHandler.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'WDBackupMenuHandler' with a class of .
5 Scheduled Tasks
  • CCleaner64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CB925407-131E-4FD1-A706-70A76721BE79}' (runs on registration).
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B3FC19BC-7B9A-4FD2-AA9C-4EC8AA045CC7}' (runs on registration).
  • runtask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ConfigureRDPGroup' (Next runs on 28/01/2014 at 18:58).
  • classicstartmenu.exe is scheduled as a task named 'sm' (runs on boot).
  • CCleaner.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Auto Clean' (runs weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 PM).
4 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • runtask.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Clean up task.
  • classicstartmenu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named sm.
  • CCleaner64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named CCleaner.
  • CCleaner.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named CCleanerSkipUAC.
9 Services
  • providerregistryservice.exe runs as a service named 'Registro provider servizi Windows Server' (ServiceProviderRegistry) "Registra i nuovi provider sul computer e li rende individuabili.".
  • sharedservicehost.exe runs as a service named 'Servizio download Windows Server' (providers_system) "Consente di gestire il download dei componenti aggiuntivi sul computer.".
  • lanconfigsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Configurazione LAN Windows Server' (LANConfig) "Individua la presenza del server e configura i servizi DNS locali.".
  • microsoft.homeserver.archive.transferservice.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Media Center TV Archive Transfer Service' (arXfrSvc) "Transfers recorded TV from Media Center to the Recorded TV shared folder on your home server.".
  • whsmcclient.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Media Center Client Service' (WhsMcClient) "Enables this computer to access the server folders on your home server.".
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Connector Update' (WSConnectorUpdate) "Checks for and installs Connector updates provided by Windows Server. If the service is stopped, the computer will be unable to discover or install Connector updates, and it may be unable to use some of the features that are provided by the server.".
  • Plus 3 more
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • CCleaner64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CCleaner Monitoring' and executes as "C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner64.exe" /MONITOR.
  • CCleaner.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CCleaner Monitoring' and executes as "C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner.exe" /MONITOR.
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ClassicStart' which loads as C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe.
  • WDDMStatus.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Quick View' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\WDDMStatus.exe.
  • launchpad.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Launchpad' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\Launchpad.exe -autostart.
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Drive Unlocker' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Security\WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • CCleaner.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner.exe'.

How do I remove SES Driver?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.61%
Windows 8 20.67%
Windows XP 5.86%
Windows Vista 5.79%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.26%
Windows 7 Professional 15.60%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.80%
Windows 8.1 5.21%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.64%
  Germany 8.89%
  France 5.92%
  Canada 4.96%
  Italy 3.21%
  United Kingdom 3.05%
  Australia 2.51%
  Netherlands 2.20%
  Spain 1.49%
  Belgium 1.42%
  Switzerland 1.28%
  Sweden 1.23%
  Israel 1.16%
  Czech Republic 1.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.70%
Dell 24.53%
Acer 12.79%
ASUS 12.05%
Toshiba 4.47%
Samsung 3.09%
Lenovo 2.15%
Intel 1.99%
American Megatrends 1.17%
MSI 0.92%
Medion 0.84%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.01%
HP Pavilion dv7 NoteBook ... 7.32%
ASUS All Series 6.41%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.78%
Dell XPS 8300 2.42%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.18%

About Western Digital Technologies

Western Digital is one of the largest hard disk drive manufacturers and has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated circuit maker and a storage products company.
Publisher URL: www.wdc.com


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