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48% remove it52% keep it
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XPS MiniView Gadget

What is XPS MiniView Gadget?

This program is bundled with various models of the Dell XPS PCs. It is a small piece of computer hardware that consists of a small LCD screen with a 320 x 240 resolution. It can be used to view photos, listen to music, store calendar information and more.


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Dell computers. The main program executable is XPSMiniViewGadget.exe. The software installer includes 4 files and is usually about 4.35 MB (4,560,994 bytes).

XPS MiniView Gadget is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.companionlink.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\XPSMiniViewGadget\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{A73BDB2A-E4A7-4FE8-960E-6A5C8BF76FCB}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by XPS MiniView Gadget

Program executable:XPSMiniViewGadget.exe
XPS MiniView Gadget
Path:C:\Program Files\XPSMiniViewGadget\XPSMiniViewGadget.exe
Additional files:
  • XPSMiniView Settings.dll - XPSMiniView Gadget Settings (XPS MiniView Gadget Settings)
  • XPSMiniViewGadget.exe - XPSMiniViewGadget (XPS MiniView Gadget)
  • chartdir41.dll (by Advanced Software Engineering Limited) - ChartDirector (ChartDirector DLL)
  • Opera_950_en_Setup.exe (by Opera Software ASA) - Opera 9.50 (Setup Launcher)

How do I remove XPS MiniView Gadget?

You can uninstall XPS MiniView Gadget 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 XPS MiniView Gadget, 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 XPS MiniView Gadget.

Win Vista (SP2) 75%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 48%
Keep it 52%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 78.13%
Windows 7 20.09%
Windows 10 1.79%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 69.09%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.09%
Windows Vista Ultimate 9.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.45%
Windows 10 Home 0.91%
Windows 8.1 Pro 0.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

83.24% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.24%
  United Kingdom 6.18%
  Canada 4.71%
  Netherlands 1.47%
  France 0.88%
  Belgium 0.59%
  Switzerland 0.59%
  Australia 0.29%
  BS 0.29%
  Germany 0.29%
  Spain 0.29%
  Ireland 0.29%
  Norway 0.29%
  Philippines 0.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 99.55%
Hewlett-Packard 0.45%
Common models
Dell Dell XPS420 97.61%
Hewlett-Packard p7-1210 0.48%
Dell Studio XPS 435MT 0.48%
Dell Inspiron N4050 0.48%
Dell Inspiron 660 0.48%
Dell Dell XPS430 0.48%

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Mary G (Expert)over a year ago
I have a Dell XPS 420 and I have noticed that the XPS mini view gadget is frequently passing info too and from the internet. Not only doe this slow my internet connection down, it also slows my PC down as well. You can change settings in Control Panel, Hardware and Devices. Sideshow. I have no gadgets running there and it doesn't seem to slow things down. It might cause Hibernation and Sleep problems, however. I tried turning it off in the bios and that seems to work fine. Press F2 immediately after rebooting before you start windows, select Onboard Devices, MiniViewer and turn it off. Save the settings and the computer will reboot without it.