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9% remove it91% keep it
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VersionDistribution 50.00% 16.67% 33.33%

Software Update System

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Software Update System is a software program developed by Carestream Health. 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. The setup package generally installs about 41 files and is usually about 5.8 MB (6,086,840 bytes). The installed file PW.ApplicationUpdate.MessageContracts.dll 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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.practiceworks.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Carestream\Software Update System
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{AD85B37D-AC78-4A8A-BF33-B3F32342CA20}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 5.8 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Software Update System

  • PW.ApplicationUpdate.MessageContracts.dll - PW.ApplicationUpdate.MessageContracts
  • PW.ApplicationUpdate.ServiceContracts.dll - PW.ApplicationUpdate.ServiceContracts
  • PW.SecondaryUpdateManager.ClientProxy.dll - PW.SecondaryUpdateManager.ClientProxy
  • PW.NextGen.Modules.UpdateManagement.dll - PW.NextGen.Modules.UpdateManagement
  • PW.PrimaryUpdateManager.ClientProxy.dll - PW.PrimaryUpdateManager.ClientProxy
  • PW.ApplicationUpdate.DataContracts.dll - PW.ApplicationUpdate.DataContracts
  • PW.ApplicationUpdate.UpdateStore.dll - PW.ApplicationUpdate.UpdateStore
  • PW.ApplicationUpdate.Common.dll - PW.ApplicationUpdate.Common
  • PW.SecondaryUpdateManager.exe - PW.SecondaryUpdateManager
  • PW.ApplicationController.exe - PW.ApplicationController
  • PW.ApplicationUpdate.API.dll - PW.ApplicationUpdate.API
  • PW.GDA.StateMachine.dll - PW.GDA.StateMachine
  • PW.ApplicationUpdateServer.ClientProxy.dll (by KDS) - PW.ApplicationUpdateServer.ClientProxy
  • PW.NextGen.ErrorHandling.dll (by PracticeWorks) - PW.NextGen.ErrorHandling
  • PW.NextGen.GlobalStyles.dll (by PracticeWorks) - PW.NextGen.GlobalStyles
  • PW.NextGen.Diagnostics.dll - PW.NextGen.Diagnostics
  • PW.NextGen.Messaging.dll - PW.NextGen.Messaging
  • PW.NextGen.Resources.dll - PW.NextGen.Resources
  • PW.GDA.Windows.Wpf.dll - PW.GDA.Windows.Wpf
  • PW.Infrastructure.dll - PW.Infrastructure
  • PW.NextGen.Themes.dll - PW.NextGen.Themes
  • PW.GDA.Resources.dll - PW.GDA.Resources
  • Csla.dll (by Rockford Lhotka) - CSLA .NET
  • log4net.dll (by The Apache Software Foundation) - log4net (log4net for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • PW.GDA.dll - PW.GDA
  • Csla.XmlSerializers.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • PW.SecondaryUpdateManager.exe runs as a service named 'Carestream Secondary Update Manager' (PWSecondaryUpdateManager) "Manages the installation of updates to Carestream software components.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PW.ApplicationController.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Carestream Software Update System' which loads as C:\Program Files\Carestream\Software Update System\PW.ApplicationController.exe.

How do I remove Software Update System?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 10 33%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.67%
Windows 10 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 66.67%
Windows 10 Pro 16.67%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 33.33%
Toshiba 16.67%
Lenovo 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard 16.67%
Acer 16.67%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite P845t 16.67%
LENOVO 62724GU 16.67%
HP Compaq 8200 Elite SFF ... 16.67%
Dell OptiPlex 745 ... 16.67%
Dell OptiPlex 7010 16.67%
Acer Aspire 5750Z 16.67%


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