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Should I remove Stardock Launch8?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,257
United States Rank #19,802
Reach 0.0063%


1.06 44.80%
1.05 17.60%
1.00 36.80%
0.90 0.80%

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Stardock Launch8

What is Stardock Launch8?  (from Stardock)

The Start screen in Windows 8 organizes applications into groups of tiles. Launch8 adds the convenience of a quick access stationary dock on your Start screen. Drag and drop your favorite applications to your Launch8 dock and quickly launch them no matter where you have swiped to on your Start screen.


Stardock Launch8 is a program developed by Stardock. The most used version is 1.06, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is launch8config.exe. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 7.67 MB (8,047,273 bytes). A majority of the PCs this is running on, most OS versions are Windows 10. While about 70% of users of Stardock Launch8 come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.stardock.com/products/launch8
Help link: www.stardock.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Launch8
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Launch8\uninstall.exe" "/C:C:\Program Files\Stardock\Launch8\Uninstall\uninstall.xml"
Estimated size: 7.67 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Stardock Launch8

Program executable:launch8config.exe
Name:Stardock Launch8
Stardock Launch8 Configuration Utility
Path:C:\Program Files\stardock\launch8\launch8config.exe
Additional files:
  • SasUpgrade.exe - Stardock Application Services (Sas License Upgrade)
  • SdAppServices.dll
  • SdDisplay.exe - SdDisplay
  • Stardock.ApplicationServices.dll - Stardock.ApplicationServices
  • DeElevate.exe - DeElevate Application (De-elevation tool)
  • DeElevate64.exe
  • Launch.exe - Stardock ModernMix (Launch)
  • Launch8.exe - Stardock Launch8 (Launch8)
  • Launch8_32.dll - Start menu toolbar for Windows 8
  • Launch8_64.dll
  • Launch8_64.exe
  • Launch8Srv.exe - Stardock Launch8 Service
  • sddlc.dll - Stardock SDDLC (SDDLC)
  • SDActivate.exe - Activate (Product Activation)
  • lua5.1.dll (by Lua.org) - Lua - The Programming Language (Lua Language Run Time)
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • Launch8Srv.exe runs as a service named 'Stardock Launch8' (Launch8) "Stardock Launch8 Service".

How do I remove Stardock Launch8?

You can uninstall Stardock Launch8 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 Stardock Launch8, 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 Stardock Launch8.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Distribution by countryGeography

70.20% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 70.20%
  United Kingdom 5.96%
  Germany 4.64%
  Canada 3.31%
  Australia 1.99%
  Netherlands 1.99%
  France 1.32%
  New Zealand 1.32%
  Hong Kong 0.66%
  Ecuador 0.66%
  Norway 0.66%
  Switzerland 0.66%
  Finland 0.66%
  Sweden 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Lenovo 13.58%
Dell 12.35%
Toshiba 12.35%
MSI 7.41%
Sony 6.17%
ASUS 3.70%
Apple 2.47%
Acer 2.47%
Alienware 1.23%
Samsung 1.23%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C75D-B 3.00%
Hewlett-Packard 23-k100xt 3.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855 3.00%
ASUSTeK CM6870 3.00%
Alienware Aurora 2.00%
ASUS All Series 2.00%

About Stardock

Stardock is a software development company that initially developed for the OS/2 platform, but switch to Windows.
Publisher URL: www.stardock.com


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