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Should I remove Windows Migration Assistant?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,518
United States Rank #6,376
Reach 0.0336%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.94 days
824.30 days >
Average installed length: 433.11 days


VersionDistribution 0.91% 2.87% 21.30% 25.68% 32.02% 17.22%

Windows Migration Assistant

What is Windows Migration Assistant?  (from Apple)

Use Windows Migration Assistant to migrate your files from your old Microsoft Windows-based PC (with Windows XP SP3 or greater) to your Mac running OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. Migration Assistant automatically transfers your contacts, calendars, and email accounts and more, and puts them in the appropriate applications...  Read more


Windows Migration Assistant is a software program developed by Apple. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named MigrationAssistant.exe. The setup package generally installs about 8 files and is usually about 7.19 MB (7,542,549 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 77% of users of Windows Migration Assistant come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.apple.com/kb/HT4796
Help link: www.apple.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Windows Migration Assistant\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{C182D467-6F0A-418A-8B38-788F376F7502}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 7.19 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Migration Assistant

Program executable:MigrationAssistant.exe
Name:Migration Assistant
Path:C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Windows Migration Assistant\MigrationAssistant.exe
Additional files:
  • SMBonjourLib.dll - System Migration Bonjour Support Library
  • SMInstallLib.dll - System Migration Install Support Library (SMInstallLib)
  • SMNativeLib.dll - System Migration Native Utilites Library
  • SQLite3.dll - SQLite3 Dynamic Link Library
  • SMUtilities.dll - System Migration Utilities (SMUtilities)
  • SystemMigration.dll - System Migration Engine (SystemMigration)
  • MigrationAssistant.exe - Migration Assistant
  • AutoLoader.dll - AutoLoader

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • MigrationAssistant.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Windows Migration Assistant\MigrationAssistant.exe'.

How do I remove Windows Migration Assistant?

You can uninstall Windows Migration Assistant 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 Migration Assistant, 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 Migration Assistant.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.67%
Windows 10 23.87%
Windows Vista 11.48%
Windows XP 4.98%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.46%
Windows 10 Home 9.56%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.95%
Windows 7 Professional 8.04%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.77%
Windows 8.1 5.31%

Distribution by countryGeography

76.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 76.98%
  United Kingdom 8.02%
  Canada 5.45%
  Australia 2.98%
  Ireland 0.51%
  France 0.41%
  Hong Kong 0.41%
  United Arab Emirates 0.31%
  New Zealand 0.31%
  Germany 0.31%
  Israel 0.31%
  South Africa 0.31%
  Malaysia 0.21%
  Thailand 0.21%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.94%
Dell 28.73%
Toshiba 12.22%
Acer 9.73%
ASUS 6.33%
Lenovo 2.94%
Sony 2.26%
Samsung 1.81%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.69%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.20%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.10%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.71%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.71%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 2.33%

About Apple

Apple designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer programs, and personal computers.
Publisher URL: www.apple.com


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