Dell Optimizer: Overview and Common Questions (2024)

Dell Support Site

Dell Optimizer: Overview and Common Questions (1)
Figure 2: (English only) Dell Support

To get Dell Optimizer, follow these steps (dell support):

  • Go to the Dell Support page.
  • UnderWhich product do you need help with, enter theService Tagof your supported Dell device and clickSubmit, or clickDetect PC.
  • On the Product Support page for your Dell device, clickDrivers & Downloads.
  • Click Manually find a specific driver.
  • Check the Application checkbox under the Category dropdown.
  • LocateDell Optimizerin list and selectDownloadon the right side of the page.
  • Locate the downloaded file on your computer (in Google Chrome, the file appears at the bottom of the Chrome window), and run the executable file.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to installDell Optimizer.

Dell Optimizer: Overview and Common Questions (2)
Figure 3: (English Only) Dell Optimizer User Interface

Dell Optimizer: Overview and Common Questions (3)
Figure 4: (English Only) Displays Dell Optimizer options

Displays the Preferences, Activity Feed, Beta, User's Guide, Give Feedback and About Dell Optimizer section.

Analytics: The analytics feature helps in analyzing the computer, and enables you to generate the following reports:

  • Workload analysis report
  • System analysis report
  • System diagnostics report

Note: This feature is only available for Dell Precision computers running SupportAssist.

Applications (ExpressResponse): ExpressResponse provides optimization of application performance based on workload and battery use.

Audio (Intelligent Audio): Audio environments help filter background noise, stabilize volume, and prioritize preferred voice streams during online meetings.

Collaboration: The Collaboration Touchpad is a hardware functionality on select platforms that displays four icons on your touchpad. It allows you to turn on or off your camera, share screen, chat, and microphone status during a Zoom or Teams call. Icons on your touchpad illuminate when a Zoom or Teams call starts.

Network (ExpressConnect): The Network feature in Dell Optimizer allocates the maximum bandwidth to conference applications while you are on video calls and selects the best network available for which the user has credentials. The Network feature also allows you to activate the beta setting, Optimize Network Traffic where you can prioritize which applications receive the most bandwidth when the network traffic is congested and automatically switch between multiple networks (like both a 2G and 5G access point).

Power (ExpressCharge): The Power feature improves the battery life of your computer by configuring and switching productivity on usage behaviors. It learns the battery usage on the computer and uses AI and machine learning models to apply appropriate charge policies. This feature also identifies opportunities to extend the battery run time.

Presence Detection (ExpressSign-in): This innovative proximity sensor can tell when you are near for a faster secure log-in. It wakes when you approach and locks when you walk away. This feature also detects an onlooker behind you (for more than 3 seconds) while you are sitting in front of your computer, and displays an on-screen alert followed by options to texturize the screen or activate Dell SafeScreen.

Note: For this feature, the webcam must contain a proximity sensor.

Customize Your Dell Devices: Integrated access to Dell Display Manager and Dell Peripheral Manager:

  • Dell Display Manager enhances everyday productivity through comprehensive management tools for supported Dell monitors, giving you optimal front of screen experience, efficient display management, and effortless multitasking.
  • Dell Peripheral Manager enables you to customize and manage your supported Dell devices such as keyboard, mouse, speaker phone, stylus, and web cam.

Suggestions: The Suggestions For Your component appearon the home screen of Dell Optimizer and provides intelligent recommendations to optimize the applications and features.


Question Answer
Why is my computer getting locked within a short period when my Windows setting for screen lock is set up for a longer period? Walk Away Lock settings in the Proximity Sensor option of Dell Optimizer locks the computer when the user is not in the field of view. The default lock timer is set to 60 seconds which is shorter than the default Windows screen lock timer.
Why is the Audio feature disabled? There are two scenarios where the Audio feature is disabled:
  • Your IT Administrator might have set the Audio feature to disabled and locked it.
  • The audio driver is not installed on the computer.


Question Answer
Can I use Dell Optimizer on my non-Dell laptop or desktop? No. Dell Optimizer software is designed to only optimize the performance of a Dell computer.
Why does the Dell Optimizer installer fail with a message stating that my computer is not supported? You cannot install Dell Optimizer on operating systems other than Windows 10 1803 or later. Dell Optimizer is only supported on Latitude, Dell Precision Workstations, and OptiPlex computers launched after March 2020.
Why does the Dell Optimizer installer fail with a message that Dell Precision Optimizer must be removed before the installation of Dell Optimizer? You cannot install both Dell Precision Optimizer and Dell Optimizer on the same computer. You must uninstall Dell Precision Optimizer and then install Dell Optimizer.
Can Dell Optimizer be installed using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)? Yes, SCCM instructions are provided here: Install Dell Optimizer Through System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Application Messages:

Question Answer
Why is the message that the application is managed by the IT Administrator displayed after launching the Dell Optimizer application from the Start Menu? This message is displayed when an IT administrator deploys the Dell Optimizer application in headless mode. Users do not have access to the user interface of the application. To change this setting, uninstall and reinstall Dell Optimizer usingApps & features>Dell Optimizer Service.
Why is the message Dell Optimizer service was not detected displayed after launching the Dell Optimizer application from the Start Menu? This issue occurs when Dell Optimizer is not installed properly. Uninstall and reinstall Dell Optimizer usingApps & features>Dell Optimizer Service.
Why is the message Dell Optimizer service is not running displayed after launching the Dell Optimizer application from the Start Menu? Windows starts the default services once Windows 10/11 restarts. Dell Optimizer windows service is configured as automatic (delayed start), which may take two minutes after Windows 10/11 restart. If you do not restart your computer, you can check or start the Dell Optimizer service usingTask Manageror theServices console.

Application Optimization:

Question Answer
Why do I see a notification or status stating a restart is required to apply optimization settings? You can decide to reboot later but the changes that are applied to your computer becomeeffective only after you reboot the computer. Some examples of optimized settings that require reboot are those that change processor hyper-threading, processor cores, and so on.
Once an application is in the optimized state, why do I not see the report option in the Actions menu?
  • During the learning phase, the application is not engaged enough to determine performance improvements.
  • Either the process is unintentionally interrupted by restarts, or the computer has turned off for an extended period.
Note: Once a computer is in an optimized state, only the process of calculating performance improvement statistics is affected.
Why does my Latitude or OptiPlex only show CPU performance improvements? Latitude and OptiPlex computers can only be optimized for CPU operations. Dell Precision Workstations can also be optimized for memory optimization gains.
Dell Optimizer: Overview and Common Questions (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Duncan Muller

Last Updated:

Views: 5983

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (59 voted)

Reviews: 90% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Duncan Muller

Birthday: 1997-01-13

Address: Apt. 505 914 Phillip Crossroad, O'Konborough, NV 62411

Phone: +8555305800947

Job: Construction Agent

Hobby: Shopping, Table tennis, Snowboarding, Rafting, Motor sports, Homebrewing, Taxidermy

Introduction: My name is Duncan Muller, I am a enchanting, good, gentle, modern, tasty, nice, elegant person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.