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Should I remove Welcome Center?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #2,050
United States Rank #948
Reach 0.3173%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.34 days
128.03 days >
Average installed length: 67.27 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.02.3507 12.63%
1.02.3505 1.86%
1.02.3504 12.44%
1.02.3503 11.08%
1.02.3502 0.16%
1.02.3501 0.61%
1.02.3103 1.68%
1.02.3102 3.98%
1.02.3101 0.22%
1.02.3007 1.42%
1.02.3005 6.49%
1.02.3004 4.62%
1.02.3002 2.54%
1.01.3002 5.18%
1.00.3013 9.16%
1.00.3012 0.21%
1.00.3011 0.26%
1.00.3010 0.03%
1.00.3009 8.89%
1.00.3008 7.90%
1.00.3006 0.02%
1.00.3005 7.21%
1.00.3004 1.39%

Welcome Center

What is Welcome Center?  (from Gateway)

After you start your computer and complete the Windows® setup, the first thing you’ll see on your screen is the Windows desktop. The desktop includes a taskbar, Start button, and Recycle Bin icon. Other icons may be added depending on your computer’s configuration. The Welcome Center offers a wealth of options for gett...  Read more

Overview

Welcome Center is a program developed by Gateway. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Acer computers. The most used version is 1.02.3507, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is OEMWelcomeCenter.exe. The software installer includes 2 files and is usually about 13.74 MB (14,404,259 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 88% of users of Welcome Center come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Mexico.

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.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.gateway.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Gateway\Welcome Center
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Gateway\Welcome Center\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 13.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Welcome Center

Program executable:OEMWelcomeCenter.exe
Name:Welcome Center
Path:C:\Program Files\Gateway\Welcome Center\OEMWelcomeCenter.exe
MD5:087c51440fcd1e4e14473ec76982a2d3
  • uninstall.exe (by Acer) - Welcome Center

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • OEMWelcomeCenter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C32C0839-8859-4FE4-BE1D-E59BF043935C}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Welcome Center?

You can uninstall Welcome Center 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 Welcome Center, 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 Welcome Center.

USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#2,050
 
REACH
~0.32%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 89.86%
Windows 10 9.77%
Windows XP 0.32%
Windows Vista 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 83.93%
Windows 10 Home 8.03%
Windows 7 Starter 2.59%
Windows 7 Professional 1.38%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.12%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

88.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 88.30%
  Canada 6.86%
  Mexico 1.41%
  Japan 0.56%
  Brazil 0.51%
  Australia 0.25%
  Argentina 0.20%
  PR 0.16%
  Philippines 0.12%
  New Zealand 0.11%
  United Kingdom 0.11%
  Germany 0.11%
  Israel 0.08%
  Taiwan 0.07%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 99.34%
Gateway 0.66%
Common models
Gateway DX4860 10.08%
Gateway NV55C 5.44%
Gateway NE56R 4.85%
Gateway NV57H 4.65%
Gateway NV53A 4.14%
Gateway DX4831 3.99%

About Gateway

Gateway (acquired by Acer Inc.
Publisher URL: www.gateway.com

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