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Should I remove Bing-Desktop?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
21% remove it79% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,482
United States Rank #17,862
Reach 0.2507%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.06 days
355.69 days >
Average installed length: 186.89 days


VersionDistribution 34.77%
1.3.478.0 0.04%
1.3.472.0 0.38%
1.3.470.0 1.13%
1.3.466.0 0.57%
1.3.463.0 0.16%
1.3.423.0 0.32%
1.3.402.0 0.38%
1.3.363.0 0.20%
1.3.347.0 13.11%
1.3.340.0 0.22%
1.3.322.0 4.09% 4.59% 24.31% 0.49% 3.56% 0.36% 1.88% 2.29% 4.53% 2.59%

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What is Bing-Desktop?

Bing Desktop is a program developed by Microsoft which allows users to search Bing from the desktop, and to set their desktop background to the Bing homepage image. Bing Desktop allows users to initiate a web search from the desktop, view news headlines, automatically set their background to the Bing homepage image, or choose a background from the previous nine background images.

About  (from Microsoft)

With Bing Desktop, make the Bing homepage image your PC desktop wallpaper each day.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named BingDesktopUpdater.exe. The setup package generally installs about 25 files and is usually about 5.24 MB (5,499,118 bytes). The installed file BingDesktopUpdater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.bing.com/explore/desktop
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{7D095455-D971-4D4C-9EFD-9AF6A6584F3A}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.24 MB
Language: German (Germany)

Program filesFiles installed by Bing-Desktop

Program executable:BingDesktopUpdater.exe
Name:Bing Desktop
Bing Desktop updating service
Path:C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktopUpdater.exe
Bing Desktop is a gadget-like Windows program for Windows 7 that adds a search bar to Windows Desktop and changes the desktop background to that of Bing's image of the day. Bing Desktop updating service is the software updater program which...
Additional files:
  • DefaultPack.EXE
  • BDAppHost.exe - Bing Desktop
  • BDExtHost.exe
  • BDRuntimeHost.exe
  • BDSurrogateHost.exe
  • BingDesktop.exe - Bing Desktop Application
  • BingDesktop_Res.dll - Bing Desktop resources
  • BingDesktop_ResAUS.dll
  • BingDesktop_ResCAN_EN.dll
  • BingDesktop_ResCHS.dll
  • BingDesktop_ResDEU.dll - Bing Desktop-Ressourcen
  • BingDesktop_ResESP.dll - Recursos de Bing Desktop
  • BingDesktop_ResFRA.dll - Ressources de Bing Desktop
  • BingDesktop_ResGBR.dll
  • BingDesktop_ResJPN.dll
  • BingDesktopRestarter.exe - Bing Desktop restarter
  • BingDesktopUpdater.exe - Bing Desktop updating service
  • DefMgr.dll
  • InstallerHelper.dll
  • TaskbarBand.dll
  • TaskbarBand64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • BingDesktop.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D5DF9549-15FA-424E-A7D1-CB9F0EC429F0}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • BingDesktop.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named BingDesktop_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
  • BingDesktopUpdater.exe runs as a service named 'BingDesktopUpdate' (BingDesktopUpdate) "Bing Desktop Update Service".
Startup File (User Run)
  • BingDesktop.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Bing Desktop Application' and executes as C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktop.exe.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • BingDesktop.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #0' which loads as C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktop.exe /RestartByRestartManageC:C0293827-5015-4d54-9F05-A0474EA5A73A /RestartByRestartManageC:A156692B-A3BF-41ed-968E-71A5B3DC37D9 /RestartByRestartMana.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • BingDesktop.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BingDesktop' which loads as C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktop.exe /fromkey.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • BingDesktop.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktop.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.51 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006210996%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00029935%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00032175%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:49,409
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:12 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:11 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.86 MB
Total CPU:0.0000977046%
Kernel CPU:0.00007316%
User CPU:0.00002455%
CPU cycles/sec:8,425
I/O reads/min:17 Bytes
Memory:2.38 MB
Total CPU:0.0010193334%
Kernel CPU:0.00055358%
User CPU:0.00046575%
CPU cycles/sec:48,616
I/O reads/min:106 Bytes

How do I remove Bing-Desktop?

You can uninstall Bing-Desktop from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Bing-Desktop, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Bing-Desktop.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 21%
Keep it 79%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.56%
Windows 10 37.09%
Windows Vista 5.36%
Windows XP 0.99%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.88%
Windows 8.1 11.41%
Windows 7 Professional 9.08%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.58%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.89%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 4.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

92.89% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 92.89%
  United States 2.69%
  Austria 1.57%
  Switzerland 0.69%
  Netherlands 0.38%
  United Kingdom 0.36%
  Spain 0.27%
  France 0.23%
  Luxembourg 0.19%
  Italy 0.10%
  Sweden 0.06%
  Belgium 0.06%
  Hungary 0.06%
  Czech Republic 0.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Medion 31.01%
Acer 21.18%
Hewlett-Packard 11.59%
Dell 9.97%
ASUS 8.62%
Samsung 4.24%
Lenovo 2.10%
Toshiba 1.09%
Sahara 1.05%
American Megatrends 0.97%
Intel 0.90%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7728 4.45%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 4.16%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.39%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 3.39%
Acer Aspire V3-771 3.32%
MEDION MS-7797 3.03%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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