Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to Disable "VAIO Care" App

UPDATE 6/13/2012--
To get rid of VAIO Care, you must uninstall it. None of the disabling features below work long term.

Use the standard uninstall procedure: Control Panel, Programs, Uninstall Programs, Vaio Care, and then right-click, uninstall.

I found I also had to remove the Vaio Care and Vaio Updater items from the scheduler as well (described below).

UPDATE 11/29/2011--

Readers, see Anonymous's tip (November 29, 2011 12:26 PM) in the comments below (basically, run msconfig -> Services -> uncheck VCService to disable Vaio Care Performance Service and VCService and at startup), and then note the following (Source and thanks to:

"...You can uninstall most of the bloatware through Vaio Care, except for Vaio Gate. Vaio Care itself is on the bloaty side, so first I'd use Vaio Care to uninstall any bloatware you can, then disable Vaio Care and Vaio Gate from running at startup.

If you look in Task Scheduler, there are a number of tasks related to these two applications. You can set them to "Disabled" without deleting the tasks, so you can always re-enable the tasks later if you want them for some strange reason.

Also check msconfig for any startup entries related to Vaio (Gate | Care), and disable VCService and Vaio Care Performance Service. If you later want to run Vaio Care, e.g. to check for system updates, then you can re-enable VCService before starting up Vaio Care."

ORIGINAL POST 11/20/2009:

The VAIO Care application can be configured not to start automatically when the computer starts. If you disable the VAIO Care application using this procedure, you can still manually run the application and use the tools. These instructions are from the Sony support site.
  1. Click the Start button and then click All Programs .
  2. In the All Programs menu, click the Accessories folder and then click the System Tools folder.
  3. In the System Tools folder, click Task Scheduler .
    NOTE: If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, type the appropriate password or click Continue. [Digital QA Note: You can just right-click on Task Scheduler and select "Run as Administrator"] 
  4. In the Task Scheduler window, in the left pane, click Task Scheduler Library .
  5. In the middle pane, click VAIO Care .
  6. In the right pane, under Actions, click Disable.

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    7. Close the Task Scheduler window.

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  1. Thanks. I find Vaio update annoying.

  2. Disabled ... deleted ... vaio care rescue still comes up before windows starts.
    Very annoying !!!!

  3. I don't think any of the methods suggested via google work.

    You may be starting the computer with the 'assist' button. The power button is on the right hand END of the computer at the back. It is somewhat recessed and not all that obvious. There is nothing in the manual about how to start the computer. Now I can't get this message to post!

  4. Problems to post my THANK YOU, Joe, for days ...

  5. It doesn't work. Vaio Care starts even is disabled.

  6. You cannot disable it while it is running. Right click it and select "end" first, then right click and select "disable."

  7. helpful article. laptops become more and more complex and annoying.

  8. Vaio Rescue Care is not opening up when you start your laptop by pressing the power button not the ASSIST button. I was also doing the same mistake by switching on my laptop with ASSIST button but now vaio care is not coming on start up.

  9. You must go to run input msconfig run -> Services -> uncheck VCService and that disable Vaio Care Service on startup

  10. Thanks Anonymous! I've enhanced my post based on your tip.

  11. I can't believe the answer was so obvious...duh!!...thanx Joe, that was mighty helpful......cheers and Happy New Year to all...

  12. So I tried all of the methods here and still this thing keeps coming back! I did the task scheduler thing, unchecked VCservice under msconfig-service and think there was one more thing you are suppose to do and I did that too. It doesn't come up when I start my computer I notice but within a few minutes appears in my notifications. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  13. Thanksssss!! It's so helpful! :)

  14. helpful article. Thank you so much. I had been trying to make this work for 2 days. It took 1/2 hour after reading this.

  15. Could you plz tell me how can i disable Vaio care update?

    1. Once you've did the above steps (1-6) you need to right click and select properties. Then select Triggers and click on the line in the box. Click edit then look in the bottom left corner and un-check "Enable".

      On my computer there was one called Vaio Messenger and one called DDNi Startup and disabling both did the trick.

      Vaio Gate can be shut off in the settings and it seems to respect being shut off.

  16. All the best guys! Waiting to know more updates from you

  17. A very good post indeed. It's a shame about some of the responses. I have to admit that the way how tides work is just fascinating. Basically the same cycle is repeated over and over

  18. never thought of looking in the scheduler thank you


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