IntuitUpdateService.exe (Two versions running in Windows Task Manager)

Anyone know why I would have two versions of this "IntuitUpdateService" running?  I have TurboTax and Quicken installed.  I also have versions of TT going back to 2008.  In trying to isolate this, I've launched all versions of TT and shut off the automatic update feature in each one except the current tax year (2011) that I'm still working on.  Doesn't seem to be causing any harm, I just don't like "extra" memory being used for indiscriminate reasons.  Not even sure if it's TT or Quicken that doing this.
  • This must be related to TurboTax, not Quicken. On my computer which has Quicken but not TT installed, I don't see either of these processes.

    These appear in the Services list as "Intuit Update Service" and "Intuit Update Service v4" and I have no idea either why there are 2 of them. I have 3 versions of TT installed (Personal 2010 & 2011 and Business 2011) and am not inclined to experiment by uninstalling any of them.
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This is a TurboTax utility.  You can safely End that Process if (a) you're not running TurboTax when you do it, and (b) you don't plan on using TurboTax during this Windows session.  Ending that process will prevent the updater from getting the latest forms changes and patches and may require a Windows restart to get the EXE to run when opening TurboTax.
  • The question is why are there 2 processes and not 1?
  • Given that there is multiple years of TT on the machine it doesn't seem surprising in the least that there would be multiple versions of the update program running.  The update service would get updated from year to year too, just like the program.  It is most likely not a "generic" updater.

    Now why turning off the auto update feature doesn't turn it off is another thing, and most likely a bug or some kind of install problem.
  • Furthermore, I still don't get it. Updating TurboTax is a user-initiated procedure. The user has to click "check now", then TT fetches updates. This shouldn't require a background process; updates are not being fetched in the background. "Just say no" to background process bloat!
  • Usually the "update service" contains the code to access the Internet and check for updates and bring it down so that, that kind of code doesn't have to be put into the program itself and the developers of that program don't have to worry about it.
  • A separate body of code does not need to be a background process occupying VM. It could be a stand-alone executable.
  • True.  Why everyone insists on a background job for a such simple task I don't know, but some marketing or whatever guy seems to think they need it.
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