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Should I remove TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,638
United States Rank #2,464
Reach 0.4134%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.26 days
420.65 days >
Average installed length: 221.02 days


2.01.0012 10.40%
1.3.1 64.18%
1.2.1 8.14%
1.1.0 4.32%
1.0.0 12.96%

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TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility

What is TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility?

TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility is a software that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of managing wireless network adapters.


The most common release is 1.3.1, 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. 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 primary executable is named TWCU.exe. The setup package generally installs about 33 files and is usually about 1.9 MB (1,996,280 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.TP-LINK.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{319D91C6-3D44-436C-9F79-36C0D22372DC}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 1.9 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility

Program executable:TWCU.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility\TWCU.exe
Additional files:
  • WJRa.dll
  • RaWLAPI.dll - RaWLAPI Dynamic Link Library (RaWLAPI DLL)
  • RtlLib.dll (by Realtek Semiconductor) - RtlLib Dynamic Link Library (RtlLib DLL(IHV))
  • IcsManager.exe - IcsManager Application (ICS(Internet Connection Sharing) Management Application)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • RTLDHCP.exe (by Realtek)
  • IpLib.dll (by Realtek) - IpLib
  • RtlIhvOid.dll - IHV OID (IHV OID DLL (WiFi Direct))
  • WJRtl.dll - WJetRtl
  • DC_WFF.dll
  • nicLan.dll
  • TWCU.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • TWCU.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{50483AF6-4ED7-47F3-9F72-3CE623334AB7}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • TWCU.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
  • RTLDHCP.exe runs as a service named 'Realtek DHCP Service' (RTLDHCPService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • TWCU.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TWCU' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility\TWCU.exe" -nogui.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • TWCU.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility\TWCU.exe'.
  • RTLDHCP.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility\RTLDHCP.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.84 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003562715%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00029463%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00006164%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility?

You can uninstall TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility 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 TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility, 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 TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 10 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.70%
Windows 10 24.93%
Windows XP 6.07%
Windows Vista 2.23%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.55%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.16%
Windows 7 Professional 14.94%
Windows 10 Home 7.75%
Windows 10 Pro 7.32%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.84%
  United Kingdom 9.32%
  Germany 5.66%
  Australia 3.15%
  Italy 2.97%
  France 2.93%
  Brazil 2.76%
  DZ 2.10%
  Indonesia 2.10%
  Canada 2.04%
  Israel 1.93%
  Poland 1.81%
  Spain 1.80%
  Malaysia 1.80%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 20.74%
Acer 20.31%
Hewlett-Packard 17.55%
ASUS 12.26%
Intel 3.67%
Lenovo 2.45%
Toshiba 2.02%
American Megatrends 1.93%
Samsung 1.48%
Sahara 0.71%
MSI 0.65%
Common models
ASUS All Series 17.63%
MSI MS-7693 3.14%
MSI MS-7817 2.48%
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 2.42%
MSI MS-7850 2.36%
MSI MS-7721 2.11%


TP-Link is a manufacturer of computer networking products whose products include routers, switch, wireless equipment, ADSL modems, and network adapters for PCs.
Publisher URL: www.tp-link.com

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John Jover a year ago
To use it, double-click the short-cut to run TP-LINK Wireless Configuration Utility. In Network tab, you can see all available wireless networks. Click “Rescan” to refresh the list. To connect to your network, please double-click on it or highlight it then click “connect” button. The Utility would automatically save the profile for auto-connection. Type in your network password and click OK. After successful connection, a green wireless symbol would be shown beside the Network Name (SSID).