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12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,372
United States Rank #5,832
Reach 0.0581%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.47 days
426.91 days >
Average installed length: 224.31 days


VersionDistribution 54.36% 28.20%
3.0.377 0.53%
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3.0.260 0.18%
3.0.250 3.20%
3.0.245 0.09%
2.2.408 0.18%
2.1.378 0.18%
2.1.371 0.18%
2.1.332 0.27%
2.1.288 0.18%
1.3.482 9.25%
1.3.329 2.40%
1.2.39 0.27%

WD Discovery

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WD Discovery is a software program developed by Western Digital Technologies. The most common release is, 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. 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 WDDiscovery.exe. The setup package generally installs about 60 files and is usually about 3.63 MB (3,804,877 bytes). The installed file WDUpdateRCW.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 58% of users of WD Discovery come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Discovery\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{02DC675D-4BA4-40D9-A94D-6895D07C7419}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.63 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Discovery

Program executable:WDDiscovery.exe
Name:WD Discovery™
Path:C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Discovery\WDDiscovery.exe
Additional files:
  • WDLocale.dll - WD Shared Libraries (WD Locale)
  • WDUpdateRCW.dll - WD Update Runtime Callable Wrapper
  • WDUPnP.dll - WD UPnP
  • WDUtilities.dll - WD Utilities
  • WDDiscovery.exe
  • d3dcompiler_47.dll (by Microsoft) - Direct3D HLSL Compiler for Redistribution
  • dotNetFx45_Full_setup.exe (by Microsoft) - Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 (Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Setup)
  • ffmpeg.dll
  • Launch WD Discovery.exe
  • libEGL.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library
  • libGLESv2.dll - ANGLE libGLESv2 Dynamic Link Library
  • node.dll (by Node.js) - Node.js (Node.js: Server-side JavaScript)
  • WD Discovery.exe - WD Discovery
  • WDDiscoveryMonitor.exe - WD Discovery Monitor
  • api-ms-win-core-console-l1-1-0.dll - ApiSet Stub DLL
  • api-ms-win-core-datetime-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-debug-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-file-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-file-l2-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-handle-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-localization-l1-2-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-memory-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-namedpipe-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-1.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-profile-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-rtlsupport-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-2-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-timezone-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-util-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-conio-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-convert-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-environment-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-filesystem-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-heap-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-locale-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-math-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-multibyte-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-private-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-process-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-stdio-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-string-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-time-l1-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-crt-utility-l1-1-0.dll
  • rclone.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • WDDiscovery.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8FE62AC7-7E7D-4E84-8967-C64C676FB876}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • WD Discovery.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 3.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WD Discovery.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WDDiscovery' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\Discovery\Current\WD Discovery.exe --autolaunch.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • WDDiscovery.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Discovery\WDDiscovery.exe'.

How do I remove WD Discovery?

Quickly and completely remove WD Discovery from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall WD Discovery 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program WD Discovery, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 WD Discovery.

Win 10 64%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 63.79%
Windows 7 33.63%
Windows Vista 1.69%
Windows XP 0.89%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 23.66%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.27%
Windows 10 Pro 13.93%
Windows 8.1 10.89%
Windows 7 Professional 9.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.06%
  Germany 8.13%
  United Kingdom 6.15%
  Canada 4.10%
  Italy 3.28%
  Netherlands 2.94%
  Australia 2.53%
  France 2.19%
  Belgium 1.37%
  DK 0.89%
  Sweden 0.82%
  Spain 0.68%
  Switzerland 0.55%
  Austria 0.41%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.53%
Dell 22.57%
Acer 12.23%
ASUS 10.34%
Toshiba 6.11%
Lenovo 5.49%
Medion 3.45%
Samsung 2.98%
Intel 1.25%
MSI 0.78%
Alienware 0.63%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.89%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.64%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.64%
Dell Inspiron 3847 2.31%
Dell XPS 8700 2.31%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.98%

About Western Digital Technologies

Western Digital is one of the largest hard disk drive manufacturers and has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated circuit maker and a storage products company.
Publisher URL: www.wdc.com


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