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Dell System Detect: Common Questions

What is Dell System Detect?

Dell System Detect (DSD) is an application that runs on your Windows-based PC or tablet with your permission and interacts with the Dell Support website so that we can provide a better and more personalized support experience.

How does Dell System Detect work?

There are three main actions that you can take on Dell Support website that use the DSD application. When you take one of these actions, you will either be prompted to download and install DSD if it is not already installed or the application will automatically start and install the latest version before completing the action.

  1. Detect Product
    This is the most common use of Dell System Detect. At various points on the Dell Support website, you have the option to have your product detected so that Dell can provide targeted support. When you click Detect Product, the application runs on your system and detects the Service Tag of your Dell computer. Dell then uses the Service Tag to look up product information, such as your original system configuration and warranty end date, to provide a product-specific support experience.

  2. Detect Drivers
    Once you have identified your product, you have the option to run a Detect Drivers (System Analysis) on the Driver & downloads tab of the Product Support page. When you click Detect Drivers (System Analysis), DSD looks at which drivers are installed on your system and compares it with the latest available drivers. This is the most accurate way to determine which drivers are out of date on your system. Once the scan is complete, you can choose to "autoinstall" the updates with the DSD application. Similarly, DSD is used when you choose to download drivers from your downloads list or any time the driver size is greater than 2GB. For more information on Detect Drivers or System Analysis, refer to the Dell knowledgebase article Drivers by System Analysis or Detect Drivers.

  3. Run Diagnostics
    You also have the option to "Run a diagnostic" on the Diagnostics tab of the Product Support page to detect and solve common hardware and software problems. When you click Run Diagnostic, the DSD application acts like a bridge between the online and Dell SupportAssist application. DSD helps invoke Dell diagnostic tools (SupportAssist) in the right mode and manages the progress and communications protocol between the tools seamlessly.

How do I uninstall Dell System Detect?

The instructions below applies to the following Microsoft Windows Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows XP

To uninstall Dell System Detect from your computer:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type appwiz.cpl, then press the Enter key.
  3. In the Programs and Features window (previously called Add/Remove Programs in Microsoft Windows XP), select Dell System Detect from the list of applications.
  4. Click the Uninstall button on the top.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation.

Article ID: SLN117738

Last Date Modified: 02/25/2016 07:31 AM

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