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Should I remove SyncToy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #34,453
United States Rank #27,061
Reach 0.0036%


1.4 81.43%
1.0.0075 4.29%
1.0.0074 2.86%
1.0.0064 8.57%
1.0.0049 1.43% 1.43%

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SyncToy is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 1.4, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 setup package generally installs about 59 files and is usually about 1.39 MB (1,453,056 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 62% of users of SyncToy come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows live\sync
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{B5688129-7595-4E5B-9990-CEF981A31264}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.39 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by SyncToy

  • windowslivesync.exe - Windows Live Sync
  • windowslivesync.resource.dll
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client
  • atl.dll - Microsoft (R) Visual C++ (ATL Module for Windows NT (Unicode))
  • feedsync2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework
  • filesyncprovider2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework File Sync Provider
  • metastore2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Store
  • microsoft.synchronization.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization
  • microsoft.synchronization.files.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.Files
  • microsoft.synchronization.metadatastorage.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.MetadataStorage
  • microsoft.synchronization.simpleproviders.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.SimpleProviders
  • msfdb.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Storage DB
  • msfdbqp.dll
  • msfdbse.dll
  • simpleproviders2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Provider Framework
  • sqmmanagedwrapper.dll - SyncToy
  • synchronization2.dll
  • synctoy.exe
  • synctoycmd.exe - SyncToyCmd
  • synctoyengine.dll - SyncToyEngine

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • windowslivesync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Windows Live Sync' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe" /background.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • windowslivesync.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programas\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe'.

How do I remove SyncToy?

You can uninstall SyncToy 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 SyncToy, 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 SyncToy.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 42.86%
Windows Vista 25.71%
Windows 7 22.86%
Windows 10 8.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 42.65%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.71%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.24%
Windows Vista Ultimate 8.82%
Windows 7 Professional 7.35%
Windows 10 Pro 4.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.54%
  Canada 7.69%
  United Kingdom 6.59%
  Belgium 4.40%
  France 3.30%
  South Africa 2.20%
  Netherlands 2.20%
  Germany 2.20%
  Vietnam 1.10%
  Thailand 1.10%
  Australia 1.10%
  India 1.10%
  Sweden 1.10%
  DK 1.10%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.61%
Hewlett-Packard 18.37%
American Megatrends 10.20%
Intel 6.12%
Gateway 6.12%
Medion 4.08%
Acer 4.08%
Toshiba 2.04%
MSI 2.04%
ASUS 2.04%
Compaq 2.04%
Common models
Dell Dell XPS420 5.26%
Dell Vostro 200 3.51%
Microsoft Corporation Vir... 3.51%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.51%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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