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Should I remove Windows Live Sync?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #53
United States Rank #46
Reach 7.1732%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.52 days
251.26 days >
Average installed length: 132.02 days


14.0.8117.416 34.39%
14.0.8089.726 53.11%
14.0.8064.206 4.89%
14.0.8050.1202 7.62%

Other programs by Microsoft

Windows Live Sync

What is Windows Live Sync?

Live Sync was a free-to-use Internet-based file synchronization application by Microsoft designed to allow files and folders between two or more computers be in sync with each other on Windows PCs or the Web via SkyDrive. It also enabled remote desktop access via the Internet.

About  (from Microsoft)

Windows Live Sync was retired February 2013, and remote desktop and peer-to-peer syncing have stopped working. If you still have Mesh installed on a computer, you might see the message, "Sorry, there is a problem with the Windows Live Sync servers." If you still have files in your Sync online storage (called “Mesh sync...  Read more


The most used version is 14.0.8089.726, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is windowslivesync.exe. The software installer includes 79 files and is usually about 1.38 MB (1,449,984 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\garmin\usb_drivers\amd64
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{84EBDF39-4B33-49D7-A0BD-EB6E2C4E81C1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.38 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Sync

Program executable:windowslivesync.exe
Name:Windows Live Sync
Path:C:\Program Files\windows live\sync\windowslivesync.exe
Windows Live Mesh (formerly Windows Live Sync) is a free-to-use Internet-based file synchronization application designed to allow files and folders between two or more computers be in sync with each other on Windows computers or the Web via...
Additional files:
  • windowslivesync.resource.dll - Windows Live Sync
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • windowslivesync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Windows Live Sync' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe" /background.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • windowslivesync.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe'.

How do I remove Windows Live Sync?

You can uninstall Windows Live Sync 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 Live Sync, 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 Live Sync.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win 10 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.59%
Windows Vista 10.66%
Windows 10 7.57%
Windows XP 5.18%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 62.72%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.39%
Windows 7 Professional 5.67%
Windows 10 Home 5.60%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.29% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.29%
  Germany 7.12%
  United Kingdom 6.23%
  Italy 3.48%
  Canada 3.00%
  Australia 1.91%
  Brazil 1.90%
  Netherlands 1.85%
  Spain 1.75%
  Sweden 1.11%
  Belgium 1.03%
  France 0.83%
  Mexico 0.67%
  Japan 0.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.33%
Acer 23.81%
Dell 22.06%
Toshiba 12.51%
ASUS 3.95%
Samsung 3.16%
Sony 2.73%
Medion 1.38%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Intel 0.63%
Lenovo 0.59%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.72%
Dell Inspiron 1545 4.79%
HP G62 Notebook PC 4.43%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.23%
HP G72 Notebook PC 2.55%
HP G60 Notebook PC 1.94%

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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