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2% remove it98% keep it
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Global Rank #1,626
United States Rank #1,676
Reach 0.4176%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.71 days
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Average installed length: 336.55 days


VersionDistribution 0.81% 0.01% 1.99% 1.03% 1.71% 0.62% 0.13% 0.22% 0.01% 0.13% 1.00% 1.81% 0.09% 18.56% 2.03% 12.83% 1.75% 4.46% 0.64% 3.56% 1.15% 0.06% 11.31% 1.28% 6.86% 10.21% 0.86% 0.96% 0.18% 2.86% 2.62% 4.86% 3.38%

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ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software

What is ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software?  (from Broadcom)

This software is to add functions over the Microsoft Bluetooth software for Microsoft Windows Vista. So the version number of some of the software may not the same as the version number of this software. This package installs the software (Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software II) to enable the ThinkPad Bluetooth ...  Read more


ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software is a program developed by Broadcom. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. 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 programs's main executable is BTStackServer.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 32.55 MB of memory. The software installer includes 49 files and is usually about 82.78 MB (86,796,599 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 47% of users of ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

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.
ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software is typically pre-installed with Lenovo computers.
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 Lenovo PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It is often time or functionally (lite version) limited for Lenovo computers.
  • If you do not use this program you might consider remvoing it as it often consumes system resources, even if not actively being run, adversely affecting system responsiveness.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lenovo.com
Help link: www.lenovo.com/pc/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Bluetooth Software\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{A1439D4F-FD46-47F2-A1D3-FEE097C29A09}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 82.78 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software

Program executable:BTStackServer.exe
Name:Bluetooth Software
Bluetooth Stack COM Server
Path:C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Bluetooth Software\BTStackServer.exe
Bluetooth Stack COM Server for Broadcom's OEM distributed Bluetooth Windows software drivers. This module is installed as part of the OEMs driver updates.
Additional files:
  • AdminUtils.exe - Bluetooth Software (Admin Utility Application)
  • Bluetooth Headset Helper.exe - Bluetooth Headset Helper
  • BluetoothHeadsetProxy.exe - Bluetooth Headset Skype Proxy
  • bt2k_ins.dll - bt2k_ins
  • BtAudioHelper.dll - BtAudioHelper
  • BtBalloon.dll - Balloon Tooltip Routine DLL
  • btbip.dll - btbip DLL
  • BTChooser.dll - BTChooser DLL
  • btcss.dll - Bluetooth Status and Properties dll
  • btdev.dll - Bluetooth Device dll
  • btins.dll - Bluetooth Installation dll
  • BtITunesPlugIn.exe - BtITunesPlugIn DLL
  • BTKeyInd.dll - KeyBoard Hook DLL
  • BtMmHook.dll - Multimedia Keys Hook DLL
  • BTNCopy.dll - BTNCopy Module
  • btosif.dll - BTOSIF DLL
  • btosif_notes.dll - BTOSIF Notes DLL
  • btosif_ol.dll - BTOSIF Outlook DLL
  • btosif_olx.dll - BTOSIF Outlook Express DLL
  • btosif_wincal.dll
  • btrez.dll - btrez DLL
  • btsec.dll - BTW license dll
  • btsendto.dll - SendTo Dialog DLL
  • btsendto_explorer.exe - SendTo from Explorer Application
  • btsendto_ie.dll - SendTo from Internet Explorer DLL
  • btsendto_notes.dll - SendTo from Notes DLL
  • btsendto_office.dll - SendTo from Office DLL
  • btsendto_wab.dll - SendTo From WAB DLL
  • BTStackServer.exe - Bluetooth Stack COM Server
  • BtToast.exe - Bluetooth Toast Notification
  • BTTray.exe - Bluetooth Tray Application
  • btwapi.dll - WBTApi DLL
  • BtwApplExt.dll - Bluetooth Applet Extension
  • BtwCP.dll - BtwCP DLL
  • btwdins.exe - Bluetooth Support Server
  • BtWdSdk.dll - WidcommSdk DLL
  • BtwHfConfig.exe - Bluetooth Hands-free configuration app
  • btwhidcs.dll - Bluetooth HID Power Control Suite dll
  • BtwHtmlPrint.exe - BTW HTML Print Application
  • BtwHtmlRenderer.dll
  • BtwHtmlRenderer64.dll
  • BtwIEProxy.exe - Internet Explorer Bluetooth Plug-in
  • BtWizard.dll - BtWizard Module
  • btwleapi.dll - BtwLeAPI
  • BtwMetaPlayer.dll - Bluetooth MetaPlayer Application
  • BtWmpPlugIn.dll - BtWmpPlugIn DLL
  • BTInvoke.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • BTTray.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E1962D1A-39A8-4C4A-AC3A-36BB42FC3058}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • BTTray.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software.
  • btwdins.exe runs as a service named 'Bluetooth Service' (btwdins) "Handles installation and removal of Bluetooth devices.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:32.55 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004229530%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00023780%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00018515%
0.015104% average
Bluetooth Headset Helper.exe
Memory:2.09 MB
Total CPU:0.0000034831%
Kernel CPU:0.00000068%
User CPU:0.00000280%
Memory:2.38 MB
Total CPU:0.0000170563%
Kernel CPU:0.00001149%
User CPU:0.00000556%

How do I remove ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software?

You can uninstall ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software 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 ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software, 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 ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software.

Win 7 (SP1) 79%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.79%
Windows 10 17.31%
Windows Vista 0.83%
Windows XP 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 54.97%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.51%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.56%
Windows 10 Pro 7.19%
Windows 7 Enterprise 7.03%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.18%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.62%
  Germany 7.92%
  Canada 3.64%
  United Kingdom 3.36%
  France 2.56%
  DK 1.88%
  Israel 1.84%
  Australia 1.70%
  Taiwan 1.65%
  Italy 1.63%
  Norway 1.37%
  Sweden 1.28%
  India 1.26%
  Finland 1.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 97.76%
Dell 2.24%
Common models
LENOVO 2436CTO 4.65%
LENOVO 3443CTO 4.50%
LENOVO 2359CTO 4.35%
LENOVO 4270CTO 3.56%
LENOVO 2306CTO 3.02%
LENOVO 4286CTO 2.97%

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company in the wireless and broadband communication business.
Publisher URL: www.broadcom.com


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