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October 28th, 2021 16:00

This thunderbolt application is not in use anymore and can be safely uninstalled

Hi, each time I power on the Dell XPS 9570 Windows 10 the following error shows: "Application cannot run .This thunderbolt application is not in use anymore and can be safely uninstalled"

I see no conflicts in Device Manager. Any fix? Thanks

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October 28th, 2021 17:00

@alegator  Starting with some release of Windows 10 I can’t remember, Thunderbolt support was built into the OS natively, and the legacy Thunderbolt application was replaced with Thunderbolt Control Center. So just uninstall that legacy Thunderbolt application using Programs and Features.



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March 3rd, 2022 09:00


Uninstalling and reinstalling the driver resolves the issue.

Follow the link here to  uninstall and reinstall thunderbolt drivers

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October 28th, 2021 23:00

Thanks and kudos! I uninstalled the Thunderbolt Software, just leaving the Thunderbolt Control Center, and all is fine now, problem solved

December 18th, 2021 11:00

For anyone else finding this post, the solution applies to Windows 11. I upgraded a XPS 15 9570 and the error message began to appear. Removing the Thunderbolt software fixed the issue. 

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February 16th, 2022 15:00


I noticed this error on startup since a recent Windows 11 update. The only software I can see is Thunderbolt software ( - 21-09-2019). However, after uninstall it immediately reappears with the device disconnect reconnect windows sounds. Anyone else find a workaround or solution with this issue? Please share your experience.

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