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Should I remove WinMetro?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,444
United States Rank #17,396
Reach 0.0199%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.67 days
167.18 days >
Average installed length: 87.84 days


Beta 2.0 1.02%
beta 1.0 3.32%
1.2 9.18%
1.0 86.48%

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What is WinMetro?  (from IObit)

WinMetro is specially designed to bring the newly introduced Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. It offers an easy solution for old versions of Windows users to try and enjoy the tile based Metro UI. By displaying useful information such as weather, calendar, news, stocks, and frequently used...  Read more


WinMetro is a software program developed by IObit. The most common release is 1.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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). The primary executable is named WinMetro.exe. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 18.14 MB (19,021,211 bytes). The installed file AutoUpdate.exe 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 7 (SP1) and Windows 7. While about 31% of users of WinMetro come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Japan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.iobit.com/iobit-winmetro.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\IObit\WinMetro\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\IObit\WinMetro\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 18.14 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WinMetro

Program executable:WinMetro.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\IObit\WinMetro\WinMetro.exe
Additional files:
  • taskmgr.dll - Task Scheduler Dynamic Link Library
  • Promote.exe - Advanced SystemCare
  • keybdhk.dll - Keyboard Hook DLL
  • AutoUpdate.exe - WinMetro Updater
  • mousehk.dll - Mouse Hook DLL
  • MetroBar.exe - WinMetro (WinMetro Sidebar)
  • MetroStart.exe - WinMetro Start
  • MetroSvc.exe - WinMetro Service
  • MetroWB.exe - WinMetro WebBrowser
  • MetroWizard.exe - WinMetro wizard
  • WinMetro.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • WinMetro.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B6028936-3FBF-4B83-BC6D-D6F5C9B83F7E}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AutoUpdate.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named WinMetro Updater.
  • MetroSvc.exe runs as a service named 'WinMetro Service' (MetroServ).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:17.36 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000528876%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001924%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003364%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:71,772
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:86 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:55.32 MB
Total CPU:0.0000669130%
Kernel CPU:0.00003440%
User CPU:0.00003252%
CPU cycles/sec:16,911,793
I/O reads/min:780.4 KB
I/O writes/min:717.89 KB

How do I remove WinMetro?

You can uninstall WinMetro 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 WinMetro, 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 WinMetro.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 83.72%
Windows XP 8.91%
Windows Vista 5.60%
Windows 10 1.78%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 40.87%
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.74%
Windows 7 Professional 11.31%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.74%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.63%
Windows 7 Starter 1.54%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.75% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.75%
  India 6.61%
  Japan 5.69%
  United Kingdom 4.33%
  MA 3.64%
  Egypt 3.64%
  TN 2.28%
  France 2.28%
  IQ 1.82%
  Germany 1.82%
  Italy 1.82%
  DZ 1.59%
  Portugal 1.37%
  Iran 1.37%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.60%
Acer 26.00%
Hewlett-Packard 18.40%
Toshiba 5.60%
ASUS 5.20%
American Megatrends 2.40%
NEC 2.00%
Lenovo 1.60%
Intel 1.60%
Samsung 1.60%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.63%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.82%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.82%
INTEL DG31PR 2.11%
Dell Studio 1569 2.11%

About (from IObit)

Founded in 2004 by two creative and enthusiastic programmers, IObit is focused on providing consumers with innovative and comprehensive system utilities and security software for superior PC performance and security.
Publisher URL: www.iobit.com


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