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Should I remove Windows Rights Management Client?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #39,499
United States Rank #33,451
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5.2.7 80.00%
3.0.3281 20.00%

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Windows Rights Management Client

What is Windows Rights Management Client?

The Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Client Service Pack 2 is required for your computer to run applications that provide functionality based on Windows RMS technologies.

About  (from Microsoft)

Installing this client places software on your computer that allows RMS-aware applications to work with Rights Management Services (RMS) to provide licenses for publishing and consuming RMS-protected information. If you have a previous version of the RMS Client installed on your computer, installing this Client will re...  Read more


The most common release is 5.2.7, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: support.microsoft.com?kbid=839178
Installation folder: C:\Windows\System32\drm
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{3192A00C-7336-48C6-8BD7-54B9CFA6F7C1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Rights Management Client

  • actmachine.exe - Activates Machine and GIC

How do I remove Windows Rights Management Client?

You can uninstall Windows Rights Management Client 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 Rights Management Client, 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 Rights Management Client.

Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 76.00%
Windows 7 20.00%
Windows Vista 4.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 80.00%
Windows 7 Professional 11.11%
Windows 7 Home Premium 4.44%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.02%
  Australia 6.56%
  Canada 6.56%
  Iran 4.92%
  United Kingdom 4.92%
  South Africa 3.28%
  Romania 3.28%
  Singapore 1.64%
  France 1.64%
  Finland 1.64%
  India 1.64%
  Israel 1.64%
  Croatia 1.64%
  Ireland 1.64%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 34.21%
Intel 13.16%
Hewlett-Packard 7.89%
Sony 7.89%
Compaq 2.63%
Lenovo 2.63%
ASUS 2.63%
Toshiba 2.63%
Gateway 2.63%
Acer 2.63%
American Megatrends 2.63%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 2.78%
Sony VGN-SZ381P 2.78%
Sony VGN-C1Z_B 2.78%
Sony PCG-GRX616SP(GB) 2.78%
SiS 730S 2.78%
MSI MS-7592 2.78%

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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