soubeagi
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[SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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The "Dell Datasafe Local Backup" program that appears in the system tray on new Dell computers is not started in any of the ways traditionally used in Windows.  Because of this, the proper way to keep it from running on startup is not well-known, and most of the advice I found on the Internet suggests either uninstalling the program completely, or intentionally crippling it by moving, deleting, or renaming one or another of the files or folders it uses.  Instead, the proper way to disable it is to turn off the "SoftThinks Agent Service" using the services control panel - specifically, by changing the Startup type for this service from "Automatic (Delayed Start)" to "Manual".  I post this info here in the hopes that other people will benefit from this information, and to stop the proliferation of bad advice such as what I found when looking for my solution.

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djones948
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Your solution is greatly appreciated.  I don't use the Dell DataSafe local backup, and it seemed to bog down the startup process.  Thank you.

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soubeagi
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Glad to know that I helped someone.  BTW, I marked your reply as the "answer" to my "question" because the forum won't allow me to mark the original post itself as an answer.

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rbensm
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Very Much Obliged !

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djones948
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Your solution is greatly appreciated.  I don't use the Dell DataSafe local backup, and it seemed to bog down the startup process.  Thank you.

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soubeagi
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Glad to know that I helped someone.  BTW, I marked your reply as the "answer" to my "question" because the forum won't allow me to mark the original post itself as an answer.

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djones948
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Well, you certainly helped me!  Keep up the good work, and Thanks.

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ilinda
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Cannot thank you enough!! 

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rbensm
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Very Much Obliged !

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Brent1978
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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I followed these steps and it stopped my computer from being so busy. Thank you.

I am wondering though that by disabling this I have defeated the point of having the program installed. I was hoping for a settings menu where I could tell it to run less often.

If I have this disabled does the program do any good?

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Billy Blagg
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Very useful thanks. It never caused me a problem before WIn10 but it seemed to one of a number of things that held up the system after the upgrade. Has anyone else found this?

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mennotrav
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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Thanks!  Extremely helpful.

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huper
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RE: [SOLVED] How to disable Dell Datasafe Local Backup

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The slow start up and disk activity problem began when my laptop started to download the anniversary Win10 update last month.

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