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What percent of users and experts removed it?
22% remove it78% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #514
United States Rank #985
Reach 1.2876%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.85 days
408.53 days >
Average installed length: 214.65 days


VersionDistribution 0.02% 0.01% 0.00% 0.03% 6.53% 8.49% 18.32% 0.23% 15.62% 9.54% 8.11% 4.93% 0.80% 1.12% 7.54% 0.03% 1.68% 0.01% 2.52% 0.40% 2.47% 2.01% 0.32% 0.72% 0.11% 0.23% 0.05% 0.27% 1.29% 0.95% 2.57% 0.29% 1.52% 0.03% 0.43% 0.03% 0.72% 0.04% 0.00%

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VAIO Update

What is VAIO Update?

SONY VAIO System Update is the updater program which runs with Windows (in the background as a service) and automatically starts up when your computer boots. It checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings. VAIO Update checks for installed Sony VAIO OEM software included with a new PC.


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Sony computers. The most used version is, 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. 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 main program executable is vaioupdt.exe. The software installer includes 32 files and is usually about 26.76 MB (28,060,054 bytes).

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 Sony 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.vaio-link.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Update 5
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{5BEE8F1F-BD32-4553-8107-500439E43BD7}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 26.76 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Update

Program executable:vaioupdt.exe
Name:VAIO Update
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\vaio update 5\vaioupdt.exe
VAIO Update is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
Additional files:
  • ShellExeProxy.exe
  • ResourceDll.dll - ResourceDll
  • VUSUTrigger.exe
  • VUAC.dll - VAIO Update
  • VUAC64.dll
  • VUAgent.exe
  • VUSSU.dll
  • VUSSU64.dll
  • VUVC.dll
  • VUVC64.dll
  • VUAgentPS64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ShellExeProxy.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Launch Application' (runs on registration).
  • VAIOUpdt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F2C7B179-5A60-439F-AF49-2908530553D8}' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • VAIOUpdt.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VAIO Update 5.
  • VUSUTrigger.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Installer Task.
  • VUAgent.exe runs as a service named 'VUAgent' (VUAgent) "Agent for VAIO Update.".
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • VAIOUpdt.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #1' which loads as C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Update 5\VAIOUpdt.exe /Stationary /RestartByRestartManageC:081D5795-1CA8-412c-8F44-30C2CEC0CBA9.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • VAIOUpdt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VAIO Update 5' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Update 5\VAIOUpdt.exe" /Stationary.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • VAIOUpdt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\sony\VAIO Update\VAIOUpdt.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.22 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001314408%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012742%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000403%
0.015104% average
Memory:2.15 MB
Total CPU:0.0005219159%
Kernel CPU:0.00017979%
User CPU:0.00034212%
CPU cycles/sec:653
I/O reads/min:4 Bytes

How do I remove VAIO Update?

You can uninstall VAIO Update 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 Update, 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 Update.

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.82%
Windows 10 41.27%
Windows Vista 2.17%
Windows XP 0.74%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.32%
Windows 8.1 13.84%
Windows 10 Home 8.05%
Windows 7 Professional 6.86%
Windows 8 6.35%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.25% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.25%
  United Kingdom 7.99%
  Germany 7.46%
  Italy 6.36%
  France 4.09%
  India 3.46%
  Brazil 3.26%
  Canada 2.80%
  Spain 2.19%
  Japan 1.98%
  Netherlands 1.83%
  Belgium 1.56%
  Mexico 1.44%
  Australia 1.39%

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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