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Should I remove Bing Desktop?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #555
United States Rank #295
Reach 1.2091%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 32.94 days
971.86 days >
Average installed length: 510.64 days


VersionDistribution 3.84% 1.11% 0.18% 0.91% 0.04%
1.3.478.0 1.46%
1.3.475.0 0.46%
1.3.472.0 1.06%
1.3.470.0 26.17%
1.3.466.0 0.21%
1.3.463.0 0.97%
1.3.423.0 0.81%
1.3.402.0 0.39%
1.3.400.0 0.09%
1.3.395.0 3.47%
1.3.377.0 0.09%
1.3.376.0 0.01%
1.3.363.0 1.04%
1.3.347.0 8.51%
1.3.341.0 1.33%
1.3.340.0 0.46%
1.3.328.0 0.32%
1.3.322.0 0.24%
1.3.309.0 1.43% 0.03% 0.05% 15.86% 10.21% 1.98% 3.42% 0.34% 1.23% 3.23% 4.11% 2.75% 2.17%

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Bing Desktop

What is Bing Desktop?  (from Microsoft)

Bing Desktop marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage with a quick and convenient search interface so you don’t have to open our browser to start a search session or get the latest headlines. Every day, the Windows Desktop Background will automatically refresh to a high resolution version of the day’s home page, dra...  Read more


Bing Desktop is a program developed by Microsoft. The most used version is 1.3.470.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 programs's main executable is BingDesktop.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 12.92 MB of memory. The software installer includes 23 files and is usually about 9.77 MB (10,243,115 bytes). BingDesktopUpdater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 76% of users of Bing Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

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: 9.77 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Bing Desktop

Program executable:BingDesktop.exe
Name:Bing Desktop
Bing Desktop Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktop.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.
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 7.
  • 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 'BingDesktop' 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:12.92 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010186544%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00060497%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00041369%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:809,962
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.77 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7.03 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:2.67 MB
Total CPU:0.0001690517%
Kernel CPU:0.00007563%
User CPU:0.00009343%
CPU cycles/sec:523,536
I/O reads/min:450 Bytes
Memory:2.48 MB
Total CPU:0.0002593193%
Kernel CPU:0.00016656%
User CPU:0.00009276%
CPU cycles/sec:127,214
I/O reads/min:1.76 KB

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) 59%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.26%
Windows 10 32.68%
Windows Vista 5.86%
Windows XP 1.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.63%
Windows 7 Professional 10.59%
Windows 8.1 9.28%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.14%
Windows 10 Home 5.69%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.74% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.74%
  United Kingdom 6.51%
  Canada 3.64%
  Australia 2.44%
  India 1.42%
  Iran 0.75%
  South Africa 0.37%
  United Arab Emirates 0.35%
  Philippines 0.33%
  Malaysia 0.32%
  Saudi Arabia 0.32%
  Indonesia 0.30%
  Spain 0.28%
  Singapore 0.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 34.76%
Dell 27.65%
Acer 12.41%
Toshiba 8.89%
ASUS 6.05%
Lenovo 2.69%
Samsung 2.67%
Intel 1.37%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.29%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.07%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.85%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.67%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.41%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.26%

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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thorax232over a year ago
Basically just another way for Microsoft to try and get people to use Bing, you can uninstall it but Windows Update will just re-download it for, I would recommend turning off the auto start up for this, it's a waste of memory.