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Should I remove Windows Imaging Component?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,200
United States Rank #1,906
Reach 0.5776%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.01 days
265.65 days >
Average installed length: 139.58 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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Windows Imaging Component

What is Windows Imaging Component?

The Windows Imaging Component (WIC) provides an extensible framework for working with images and image metadata. WIC makes it possible for independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) to develop their own image codecs and get the same platform support as standard image formats (for example, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and HDPhoto). A single, consistent set of interfaces is used for all image processing, regardless of image format, so any application using the WIC gets automatic support for new image formats as soon as the codec is installed.

About  (from Microsoft)

Enables application developers to perform image processing operations on any image format through a single, consistent set of common interfaces, without requiring prior knowledge of specific image formats. The extensible metadata framework makes it possible for applications to read and write their own proprietary metad...  Read more


The primary executable is named spuninst.exe. The setup package generally installs about 45 files and is usually about 1.17 MB (1,226,383 bytes). The installed file update.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.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\windows\$hf_mig$\kb2229593
Uninstaller: "C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallWIC$\spuninst\spuninst.exe"
Estimated size: 1.17 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Imaging Component

Program executable:spuninst.exe
Name:Windows Service Pack-Deinstallation
Additional files:
  • spmsg.dll - Service Pack Messages
  • iecustom.dll - Windows® Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer Setup DLL)
  • updspapi.dll - Windows Servicing Setup API
  • browseui.dll - Shell Browser UI-Bibliothek
  • mshtml.dll - Microsoft (R) HTML Viewer
  • msxml3.dll - Microsoft(R) MSXML 3.0 SP10 (MSXML 3.0 SP10)
  • shdocvw.dll - Bibliothek für Shell-Dokumente und -Steuerelemente
  • spcustom.dll - Microsoft Update Custom Component Locator
  • update.exe - Windows Service Pack Setup
  • urlmon.dll - OLE32-Erweiterung für Win32
  • wininet.dll - Interneterweiterungen für Win32

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Total CPU:11.8659459459%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:2.42162162%
0.016088% average
User CPU:9.44432432%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Windows Imaging Component?

You can uninstall Windows Imaging Component 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 Windows Imaging Component, 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 Windows Imaging Component.

Win XP 60%
Win Vista 0%
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 95.37%
Windows Server 2003 3.37%
Windows 7 1.12%
Windows Vista 0.11%
Windows 10 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 97.22%
Microsoft Windows Server ... 1.08%
Microsoft Windows Server ... 0.58%
Windows 7 Home Premium 0.54%
Windows 7 Professional 0.29%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.07%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.30%
  Germany 6.03%
  India 5.56%
  Italy 3.99%
  France 3.47%
  United Kingdom 3.21%
  Iran 2.82%
  Canada 2.47%
  Spain 2.36%
  Brazil 2.26%
  Israel 2.12%
  Taiwan 1.91%
  Romania 1.89%
  Egypt 1.59%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.28%
Intel 16.43%
American Megatrends 14.99%
Sahara 8.21%
Hewlett-Packard 7.95%
Toshiba 3.52%
Acer 2.70%
ASUS 1.66%
NEC 0.71%
Common models
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 2.42%
Gigabyte G41M-Combo 2.21%
INTEL DG31PR 2.21%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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