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What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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United States Rank #18,307
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VersionDistribution 1.18% 1.18% 8.63% 2.75% 0.78% 11.37% 54.51% 19.61%

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VMware vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0

What is VMware vSphere Host Update Utility?  (from VMware)

Upgrade ESX hosts (versions 3.0 and later) to ESX 4.0 remotely by using the vSphere Host Update Utility. The intuitive user interface provides real-time status of a remote upgrade and allows you to specify custom post-upgrade scripts. New features include rollbacks after failed upgrades (under supported scenarios). Thi...  Read more


VMware vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0 is a program developed by VMware. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 VpxClient.exe. The software installer includes 100 files and is usually about 17.42 MB (18,263,040 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 41% of users of VMware vSphere Host Update Utility come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.vmware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{9BC51C0F-DA8E-4370-9997-899B3435A647}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 17.42 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by VMware vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0

Program executable:VpxClient.exe
Name:vSphere Client
Path:C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe
Additional files:
  • VMware.DeployAutomation.SoapService50.dll - VMware vCenter Rule-Based Deployment PowerCLI
  • VMware.CustomControls.25.dll - VMware Infrastructure Client (VMware Custom Controls Library)
  • VMware.CustomControls.25u2.dll
  • VMwareUpdateServiceClient.exe - VMware Update Service Client
  • VMwareUpdateServiceClient.resources.dll
  • Vmware.ImageBuilder.SoapService50.dll - ESX Image Builder PowerCLI
  • updateServiceInterface.dll - VMware Update Service (VMware Update Service Interface)
  • upgradeagentwrapper.resources.dll - Upgrade Agent Wrapper
  • Util.dll - Util
  • vmwareUpdateService.dll
  • vmware-vmrc.exe - VMware Remote Console
  • vmware-remotemks.exe - VMware VirtualCenter (VMware VirtualCenter Remote MKS)
  • VMware.ImageBuilder.dll - VMware vSphere ESXi (VMware.ImageBuilder)
  • vimuiframework.dll - ComponentFramework
  • vmplayer-service.exe - VMware Workstation (VMware Player Daemon)
  • ESXAgentManager.dll - vSphere Client (EsxAgentManager)
  • QueryService.dll - Query Service
  • SearchControls.dll - Search Controls
  • SearchLibrary.dll - Search Library
  • vi.dll - VirtualInfrastructure Module
  • vi.resources.dll
  • vi.utils.dll - VirtualInfrastructure.Utils Module
  • VIClient.dll
  • VimSearchUI.dll - Vim Search UI
  • vimvmomi.dll - VimVmomi Module
  • VIPlugins.dll - VIPlugins Module
  • VIPlugins2.dll - VI Plugins 2
  • vmware.customcontrols.dll
  • vmware.customcontrols.resources.dll
  • VpxClient.exe - VpxClient
  • vpxclientcommon.dll - vpxClientCommon Module
  • vpxclientcommon.resources.dll
  • vpxClientGraphics.dll - VpxClientGraphics Module
  • vServiceManager.dll - VServiceManager
  • VMware.DeployAutomation.dll - PowerCLI (AutoDeploy PowerCLI Cmdlets)
  • viuutil.dll - ViuUtil
  • vimclient.dll - client
  • viuapp.exe - VIU (VI Update)
  • viuapp.resources.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • VMwareUpdateServiceClient.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'VMware Update Service' and executes as C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VIUpdate\VMwareUpdateServiceClient.exe -monitor.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • VIUApp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VIUpdate 4.0\VIUApp.exe'.

How do I remove VMware vSphere Host Update Utility?

You can uninstall VMware vSphere Host Update 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 VMware vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0, 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 VMware vSphere Host Update Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win Server 2003 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.90%
Windows 10 12.94%
Windows XP 9.80%
Windows Vista 1.96%
Windows Server 2003 0.39%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 46.25%
Windows 7 Enterprise 14.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.46%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.09%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.14%
Windows 10 Pro 3.16%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.94% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.94%
  Germany 8.05%
  France 6.71%
  Italy 5.70%
  Israel 2.68%
  Netherlands 2.68%
  United Kingdom 2.68%
  Canada 2.35%
  Brazil 2.01%
  Taiwan 1.68%
  India 1.68%
  Austria 1.68%
  Spain 1.68%
  Belgium 1.34%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 52.12%
Hewlett-Packard 29.09%
Intel 7.27%
ASUS 2.42%
Lenovo 2.42%
Acer 1.82%
Toshiba 1.82%
Common models
Dell OptiPlex 390 3.70%
Dell Latitude E6430 3.70%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.96%
Dell Latitude E6420 2.96%
Dell Latitude E6530 2.22%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.22%

About VMware

VMware provides virtualization platform products that include a player that enables users to run virtual machines on their desktops as well as Workstation for software developers and IT professionals, Server, which enables virtual partitioning of a server, Virtual SMP that enables a virtual machine to use four physical processors simultaneously and VMFS, which allows multiple ESX Servers to share block-based storage.
Publisher URL: www.vmware.com


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