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Should I remove WD Software Upgrader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
19% remove it81% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,677
United States Rank #12,769
Reach 0.0124%


VersionDistribution 15.10% 12.24%
1.5.1 29.39% 16.73%
1.5.0 2.45% 5.71% 4.90% 0.82% 12.65%

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WD Software Upgrader


WD Software Upgrader is a software program developed by Western Digital Technologies. The most common release is 1.5.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named WD SmartWare Upgrader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 48.02 MB (50,351,371 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 69% of users of WD Software Upgrader come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.wdc.com
Help link: www.support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Software Upgrader\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{6A001CC0-2B9B-48EB-88F8-AF9821B05B02}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 48.02 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Software Upgrader

Program executable:WD SmartWare Upgrader.exe
Name:WD SmartWare Upgrader
WD SmartWare Software Updater
Path:C:\ProgramData\Western Digital\WD SmartWare Upgrader\WD SmartWare Upgrader.exe
Additional files:
  • preservebackupplans.exe - PreserveBackupPlans
  • wd smartware upgrader.exe - WD SmartWare Upgrader (WD SmartWare Software Updater)
  • wd smartware setup.exe

How do I remove WD Software Upgrader?

You can uninstall WD Software Upgrader 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 Software Upgrader, 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 Software Upgrader.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win Vista 0%
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.69%
Windows XP 34.69%
Windows 10 5.31%
Windows Vista 5.31%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.93%
Microsoft Windows XP 34.02%
Windows 7 Professional 10.79%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.73%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.07%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.41% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.41%
  Australia 4.41%
  United Kingdom 3.82%
  Germany 3.53%
  Canada 3.53%
  Italy 1.76%
  France 1.18%
  Norway 0.88%
  Switzerland 0.88%
  Greece 0.88%
  Slovenia 0.59%
  UA 0.59%
  Belgium 0.59%
  Sweden 0.59%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 35.67%
Hewlett-Packard 27.39%
Intel 6.37%
ASUS 5.10%
American Megatrends 4.46%
Acer 4.46%
Medion 3.18%
Lenovo 1.27%
Apple 1.27%
Toshiba 0.64%
Sony 0.64%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.04%
Dell Dell DM061 3.36%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.36%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.36%
Dell XPS 8300 2.52%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.52%

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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