With HP Support Assistant, it’s easy to keep desktop computers running smoothly. Optimize the performance of HP desktop computers. Automate support tasks. And get assistance when you need help. All of this from one place on your own PC. HP Support Assistant is an HP application that helps you maintain the performance of your desktop computer and resolve problems through automated updates and tune-ups, built-in diagnostics, and a choice of assistance options. There is no charge associated with using HP Support Assistant. HP will not charge you for data transfer, but your Internet provider may charge a fee for sending or receiving data if you contact HP using a data transfer option. No, but some features such as receiving updates, connecting to hp.com, or contacting HP require an active Internet connection. HP Support Assistant is pre-installed on HP or Compaq desktop computers with Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems and some select computers with Windows Vista operating systems. HP Support Assistant is not available on desktop computers running Windows XP. Receiving updates through HP Support Assistant helps you keep your computer up-to-date. Updates help prevent problems from occurring and allow you to benefit from new software features. You will no longer need to search for the latest version of your HP software applications, including HP Support Assistant Software. HP Support Assistant will notify you when updates are available for your desktop computer. And if you want, the application can even install the updates automatically. It only takes a minute or so to set up your desktop computer to receive updates from HP.