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20% remove it80% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,360
United States Rank #1,220
Reach 0.5053%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.91 days
262.84 days >
Average installed length: 138.10 days


VersionDistribution 0.02% 0.01% 0.70% 1.62% 0.01% 0.36% 1.23% 3.96% 0.05% 2.39% 4.29% 0.08% 8.67% 0.19% 1.74% 0.12% 0.02% 0.01% 0.01% 0.98% 0.20% 0.89% 0.16% 5.62% 0.06% 0.66% 0.05% 0.41% 0.27%
2.00.0037 0.06%
2.00.0034 0.08%
2.00.0029 0.52%
2.00.0028 0.91%
2.00.0027 0.32%
2.00.0025 0.05%
2.00.0021 0.24%
2.00.0020 17.46%
2.00.0019 1.26%
2.00.0018 3.74%
2.00.0014 8.85%
2.00.0013 4.07%
2.00.0012 2.90%
2.00.0010 5.18%
2.00.0009 1.63%
2.00.0005 0.61%
2.00.0004 0.28% 0.23% 0.72% 0.20% 0.04% 0.09%
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TOSHIBA Hardware Setup

What is TOSHIBA Hardware Setup?  (from TOSHIBA)

Run the HWSetup utility from the Windows Control Panel. This utility provides a relatively user-friendly way to change the BIOS settings. Changes to some of the settings will require re-starting the PC (and Windows). HWSetup was pre-installed on all but early Toshiba notebook models. If it doesn't appear as a Control P...  Read more


TOSHIBA Hardware Setup is a program developed by TOSHIBA. The most used version is 2.00.0020, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is TACSPROP.exe. The software installer includes 35 files and is usually about 4.17 MB (4,373,472 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 53% of users of TOSHIBA Hardware Setup come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Toshiba 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.toshiba.com
Help link: www.toshiba.co.jp/worldwide
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2FD5D2C5-A7A1-4065-89BA-90542BF7CCD3}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 4.17 MB

Program filesFiles installed by TOSHIBA Hardware Setup

Program executable:TACSPROP.exe
Name:TOSHIBA Accessibility
Komponente TOSHIBA Accessibility
Path:C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities\TACSPROP.exe
Additional files:
  • SVPWUTIL.exe - TOSHIBA Supervisor Password Utility (Supervisor Password Utility)
  • HWSetup.exe - TOSHIBA Hardware Setup Utility (TOSHIBA HWSetup)
  • tsccall.dll - tsccall Dynamic Link Library (tsccall DLL)
  • TACSPROP.exe - Acessibilidade TOSHIBA (Componente de Acessibilidade TOSHIBA)
  • HWSetupStartMenu.exe - StartMen Application
  • KeNotify.exe - KeNotify Application (KeNotify MFC Application)
  • TUMUI.dll - TUMUI
  • TosPwChk.dll - TosPwChk
  • tsdtoken.dll - tsdtoken (tsdtoken DLL(x86))
  • NotifyX.dll - NotifyX
  • VolControl.exe - TOSHIBA Volume Up/Dwon Filter Application
  • CreateDriverService.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • HWSetup.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C1854EEF-5E65-45A6-9941-441CB73EB099}' (runs on registration).
  • TACSPROP.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{61B4B40F-AB09-4DA9-BF76-F63017E249DA}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • KeNotify.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 3.
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • HWSETUP.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HWSetup' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities\HWSetup.exe" hwSetUP.
  • SVPWUTIL.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SVPWUTIL' which loads as C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities\SVPWUTIL.exe SVPwUTIL.
  • VolControl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TOSHIBA Volume Indicator' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Utilities\VolControl.exe".
  • KeNotify.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'KeNotify' which loads as C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities\KeNotify.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • HWSetup.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities\HWSetup.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.77 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004006212%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00020101%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00019961%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:59,902
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:917 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove TOSHIBA Hardware Setup?

You can uninstall TOSHIBA Hardware Setup 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 TOSHIBA Hardware Setup, 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 TOSHIBA Hardware Setup.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 20%
Keep it 80%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.21%
Windows Vista 19.66%
Windows 10 8.18%
Windows XP 0.95%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 57.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 17.45%
Windows 7 Professional 6.76%
Windows 10 Home 5.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.48%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.48%
  United Kingdom 6.05%
  France 5.57%
  Australia 4.96%
  Canada 4.58%
  Germany 4.22%
  Netherlands 1.39%
  Italy 1.10%
  Belgium 1.06%
  Mexico 0.99%
  Saudi Arabia 0.88%
  Japan 0.75%
  Portugal 0.66%
  Indonesia 0.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.52%
Dell 0.19%
Hewlett-Packard 0.18%
Acer 0.12%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 8.90%
TOSHIBA Satellite L775D 7.50%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755D 5.72%
TOSHIBA Satellite L775 5.42%
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 3.68%
TOSHIBA Satellite A200 3.37%


Toshiba electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation that is a diversified manufacturer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, Internet-based solutions and services, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
Publisher URL: www.toshiba.com


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