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6.1.8800.16402 3.85%
6.1.8800.16400 92.31%
6.1.8800.16395 1.92%
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Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector


Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector is a program developed by Microsoft. The most used version is 6.1.8800.16400, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 software installer includes 102 files and is usually about 4.75 MB (4,975,616 bytes). wsconnectorupdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 65% of users of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.microsoft.com/kb/2679127
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows server\bin
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C1E4D639-4A33-4314-809E-89BD0EF48522}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.75 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector

  • backupdriverinstaller.exe - Windows Server Driver installer for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • remotedesktopclientconfiglibrary.dll - Windows Server Remote Desktop Client Configuration Library DLL
  • wssdrivercaptureresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Driver Capture Resources
  • certcli.interop.dll - Windows Server Client Certificate Operation Library
  • remotedesktopclientconfig.exe - Windows Server Remote Desktop Client Configuration
  • networkingserviceobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Networking Helper Object Model DLL
  • serverdiscoveryobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery Object Model DLL
  • windowsupdateagent.interop.dll - Windows Server Windows Update Agent Interop DLL
  • backupresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Resource Library
  • certenroll.interop.dll - Windows Server Certificate Enrollment Library
  • cnetmanagement.dll - Windows Server Core Networking Management DLL
  • wssgcertmgmt.dll - Windows Server Certificate Management Library
  • microsoft.deployment.windowsinstaller.dll - Windows Server Windows Installer Library DLL
  • serverdiscoveryprovider.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery Provider DLL
  • vclistener.dll - Terminal Server Out Of Proc client TS plugin
  • backupactions.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Health Actions
  • netfwtypelib.dll - Windows Server Windows Firewall Interop DLL
  • skusupport.dll - Windows Server Client PC Backup SKU Support
  • wssdrivercapture.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Driver Capture
  • addinalerts.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Operating System
  • addininfrastructure.dll
  • adminclientcommon.dll
  • admincommon.dll
  • alertsview.dll
  • backupserverprovider.dll - BackupServerProvider
  • clienttools.exe
  • filebrowser.dll - Application extension for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • machineidentityobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server MachineIdentity ObjectModel
  • uicontrols.dll
  • wssg.web.domainmanagerobjectmodel.dll
  • wsshomegroupobjectmodel.dll
  • taskscheduler.interop.dll - Windows Server Task Scheduler Interop DLL
  • lanconfigsvc.exe - Windows Server LAN Configuration Service
  • networkhealthengine.dll - Windows Server Network Health Engine DLL
  • providerregistryservice.exe - Windows Server Provider Registry Service
  • sqmproviderutilities.dll - Windows Server SQM Provider Utilites DLL
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Service
  • certmanaged.dll - Windows Server Certificate Managed Lib
  • clientsetupcommon.dll - Windows Server Client Setup Common DLL
  • connectornotify.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Notify
  • backupclientprovider.dll - Windows Server Backup Client Provider
  • certnative.dll - Windows Server Certificate Native Lib
  • providerframework.dll - Windows Server Provider Framework DLL
  • wssg.powershell.dll - Windows Server Powershell Library DLL
  • cnetclient.dll - Windows Server Networking Native Lib
  • sqmnativehelper.dll - Windows Server SQM Native Helper DLL
  • mountbackup.dll - Windows Server Mount Backup API DLL
  • serverdiscovery.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery DLL
  • sku.dll - Windows Server SKU-specific library
  • skuresources.dll - Windows Server SKU resource library
  • commonres.dll - Windows Server Common resource DLL
  • identitynative.dll - Windows Server Identity Native Lib
  • noautoplay.exe - Windows Server AutoPlay Suppressor
  • sharedservicehost.exe - Windows Server Shared Service Host
  • alertframework.dll - Windows Server AlertFramework DLL
  • coreproviders.dll - Windows Server Core Providers DLL
  • launchpad.exe - Windows Server Computer Launchpad
  • healthactions.dll - Windows Server HealthActions DLL
  • installaddin.exe - Windows Server Install an Add-in
  • mountbackupwizard.exe - Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • eventlogging.dll - Windows Server EventLogging DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • backupdriverinstaller.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2FABBC85-8FC2-4806-B281-14EC4F32BDD1}' (runs on registration).
  • runtask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ConfigureRDPGroup' (Next runs on 6/1/2015 at 3:42 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • runtask.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Clean up task.
4 Services
  • providerregistryservice.exe runs as a service named 'Dienstanbieterregistrierung von Windows Server' (ServiceProviderRegistry) "Hiermit werden neue Anbieter auf dem Computer registriert und die Anbietersuche aktiviert.".
  • sharedservicehost.exe runs as a service named 'Servizio download Windows Server' (providers_system) "Consente di gestire il download dei componenti aggiuntivi sul computer.".
  • lanconfigsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Configurazione LAN Windows Server' (LANConfig) "Individua la presenza del server e configura i servizi DNS locali.".
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Connector Update' (WSConnectorUpdate) "Checks for and installs Connector updates provided by Windows Server. If the service is stopped, the computer will be unable to discover or install Connector updates, and it may be unable to use some of the features that are provided by the server.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • launchpad.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Launchpad' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\Launchpad.exe -autostart.

How do I remove Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector?

Quickly and completely remove Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector.

Win 7 (SP1) 79%
Win XP 4%
Automatically starts? 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 78.85%
Windows 8 17.31%
Windows XP 3.85%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 57.69%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.54%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.62%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.85%
Windows 8 Pro 3.85%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.85%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.22%
  Canada 5.80%
  Germany 4.35%
  Saudi Arabia 4.35%
  Sweden 2.90%
  Netherlands 2.90%
  United Arab Emirates 2.90%
  United Kingdom 2.90%
  Taiwan 1.45%
  Dominican Republic 1.45%
  Switzerland 1.45%
  Egypt 1.45%
  Italy 1.45%
  Malaysia 1.45%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 45.65%
Dell 26.09%
Acer 8.70%
Toshiba 4.35%
ASUS 4.35%
Samsung 2.17%
American Megatrends 2.17%
Lenovo 2.17%
Intel 2.17%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.55%
Acer Veriton X498G 4.55%
Acer Aspire M3970 2.27%
Packard Bell EasyNote TS1... 2.27%
LENOVO 23924BU 2.27%
HP Z800 Workstation 2.27%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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