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3% remove it97% keep it
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WD SmartWare Quick View

What is WD SmartWare Quick View?  (from Western Digital Technologies)

This versatile, flexible software comes pre-loaded on select WD drives and is available for purchase to use on any other WD or 3rd party USB external drive. If you have a WD drive with WD SmartWare, you can upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro to take advantage of the new features including cloud backup to Dropbox. WD SmartWar...  Read more


WD SmartWare Quick View is a program developed by Western Digital Technologies. 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The software installer includes 40 files. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 44% of users of WD SmartWare Quick View come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{0A860ACF-0534-46B9-A17E-8A791CABA282}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD SmartWare Quick View

  • WDRulesEngine.exe - WD Business Rule Engine Application (WD Business Rule Engine)
  • WDFME.exe - WD File Management Engine
  • WDFMEIPC.dll - WD File Management Engine IPC Module
  • WDContextMenuHandler.dll
  • WDCollections.dll - WD Collections (64-bit)
  • WD Quick Formatter.exe - WDQuickFormatter.exe
  • WDActivation.dll - WD Shared Libraries (WD Activation)
  • WDEncrypt.dll - WD Encrypt
  • WDException.dll - WD Exception
  • WDIO.dll - WD IO (64-bit)
  • WDLocale.dll - WD Locale
  • WDNet.dll - WD Network
  • WDRegistry.dll - WD Registry
  • WDTransport.dll - WD Transport
  • WDUpdateUI.dll - WD Update UI
  • WDUPnP.dll - WD UPnP
  • WDUtilities.dll - WD Utilities
  • WDDMStatus.exe - WD Drive Manager Status
  • WDBackupEngine.exe - WD SmartWare (WD Backup Engine)
  • WDLockedFiles.exe - WD Locked Files
  • WDShadow.5.1.dll - WD Shadow Copy (XP)
  • WDShadow.5.2.dll - WD Shadow Copy
  • WDSmartWare.Controls.dll - WD SmartWare Controls
  • WDSmartWare.exe
  • WDSmartWare.Themes.dll - WD SmartWare Themes
  • WDDM.dll - WDDM (WD Drive Utilities)
  • WDEngine.dll - WD Engine
  • Interop.WDRulesService.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WDRulesService'.
  • Interop.WDCollections.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WDCollections'.
  • WDDMService.exe (by WDC) - WDDriveManager.exe (WD Drive Manager Service)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • WDContextMenuHandler.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'WDBackupMenuHandler' with a class of {C752BC82-C19A-4827-9C15-0996BA85C180}.
Scheduled Task
  • WDSmartWare.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{1023DD72-EF61-4730-8FDD-9797B31C2A0C}' (runs on registration).
4 Services
  • WDRulesEngine.exe runs as a service named 'WDRules' (WDRulesService) "WD SmartWare Rules Engine".
  • WDFME.exe runs as a service named 'WDFME' (WDFMEService) "WD SmartWare File Management Engine".
  • WDDMService.exe runs as a service named 'WDDMService' (WDDMService) "WD SmartWare Drive Manager".
  • WDBackupEngine.exe runs as a service named 'WD Backup' (WDBackup) "WD SmartWare Backup Engine".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WDDMStatus.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Quick View' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\WDDMStatus.exe.

How do I remove WD SmartWare Quick View?

You can uninstall WD SmartWare Quick View 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 WD SmartWare Quick View, 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 WD SmartWare Quick View.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 7 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.82%
Windows 10 23.64%
Windows XP 9.09%
Windows Vista 5.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.27%
Windows 7 Professional 20.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.09%
Windows 10 Pro 5.45%
Windows 8.1 5.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.94% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.94%
  Canada 9.09%
  United Kingdom 6.06%
  Italy 6.06%
  Germany 4.55%
  Spain 4.55%
  Belgium 3.03%
  Israel 3.03%
  Malaysia 3.03%
  Netherlands 3.03%
  Australia 1.52%
  Czech Republic 1.52%
  DJ 1.52%
  DK 1.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.50%
Dell 20.00%
Acer 12.50%
ASUS 7.50%
Lenovo 7.50%
American Megatrends 5.00%
Medion 5.00%
Alienware 2.50%
Sony 2.50%
Samsung 2.50%
Sahara 2.50%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.65%
Sony VPCEC1S1E 2.33%
Sony SVF1421S1EB 2.33%
Samsung DP700A3D/DM700A3D... 2.33%
Notebook W65_W670SR... 2.33%

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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