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Should I remove VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
60% remove it40% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,647
United States Rank #5,774
Reach 0.0451%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.80 days
495.67 days >
Average installed length: 260.44 days


2.02.1110 0.68%
2.01.1110 21.06%
2.00.1110 63.85%
1.40.0811.PTBR 2.59%
1.30.1023.01.ESLAT 2.59%
1.30.0811.ESLAT 2.25%
1.20.1023.01.FRCA 0.45%
1.20.0811.FRCA 0.34%
1.10.0828.ENCA 4.05%
1.10.0811.ENCA 0.45%
1.00.0918.ENUS 0.34%
1.00.0811.ENUS 1.35%

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VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant

What is VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant?

VAIO OOBE (VAIO Out Of Box Experience) is part of the Welcome Center application that is factory installed on most VAIO laptops. The programs is designed to show new users the tools and functionality that comes pre-installed with the new computer. It also includes offers to several trialware applications. It also sets up the welcome page for when the user first switches on the laptop out of the box and provides the ability to configure things like username and passwords. After running the software the first time, this program can be safely removed from the PC.


The most used version is 2.00.1110, 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 main program executable is OOBEAppLauncher.exe. The software installer includes 9 files and is usually about 18.26 MB (19,146,217 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\10\50\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{1
Estimated size: 18.26 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant

Program executable:OOBEAppLauncher.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience\OOBEAppLauncher.exe
Additional files:
  • OOBEFcdRegistration.exe (by Sony Electronics) - OOBEFcdRegistration
  • MiniProgram.exe - MiniProgram
  • NISLauncher.exe (by Sony Electronics) - NISLauncher
  • XCopyDir.exe - XCopyDir
  • OEMFirstRun.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • OOBEFcdRegistration.exe is scheduled as a task named 'SONY\OOBEReminder'.
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • OOBEFcdRegistration.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VAIO Registration.
  • MiniProgram.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VAIO Mini Program.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • OOBEFcdRegistration.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RegistrationReminder' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience\OOBEFcdRegistration.exe".
  • MiniProgram.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'LaunchUserRequestedPrograms' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Sony\First Experience\Miniprogram.exe".

How do I remove VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant?

You can uninstall VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant 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 VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant, 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 VAIO OOBE and Startup Assistant.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 60%
Keep it 40%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 93.37%
Windows 10 6.29%
Windows XP 0.34%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 73.67%
Windows 7 Professional 10.85%
Windows 10 Home 4.63%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.28%
Windows 7 Starter 2.82%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.60%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.05% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.05%
  Canada 7.32%
  Iran 5.09%
  Brazil 4.77%
  Mexico 2.55%
  Argentina 0.88%
  Turkey 0.72%
  Chile 0.64%
  Spain 0.56%
  United Arab Emirates 0.48%
  Colombia 0.48%
  Peru 0.48%
  Saudi Arabia 0.48%
  Germany 0.40%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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