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What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #43,260
United States Rank #24,889
Reach 0.0021%


2009.0.0.0 39.02%
2008.0.0.0 26.83%
2007.0.0.0 34.15%

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Desktop Encyclopedia

What is Desktop Encyclopedia?  (from Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Desktop Encyclopedia CD-ROM delivers 25,000 intriguing articles covering art, history, geography, technology, pop culture, and the world. It also includes useful business tools such as a map gallery, multimedia, economic data, technology articles, virtual notecards, Web links, and Merriam-Web...  Read more


Desktop Encyclopedia is a program developed by Encyclopaedia Britannica. The most used version is 2009.0.0.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 installer includes 52 files and is usually about 679.09 KB (695,386 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 94% of users of Desktop Encyclopedia come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.britannica.com
Help link: support.britannica.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Britannica 9.0
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Britannica 9.0\Desktop Encyclopedia\Uninstall_Desktop Encyclopedia\Uninstall Desktop Encyclopedia.exe"
Estimated size: 679.09 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Desktop Encyclopedia

  • dictionary.exe - starter Application (starter MFC Application)
  • starter.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • starter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D8DCBEEF-1D49-41D1-A303-74357C555ECC}' (runs on registration).
  • dictionary.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E7DB2CD7-85E7-4846-8452-E8C434326E64}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Desktop Encyclopedia?

You can uninstall Desktop Encyclopedia 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 Desktop Encyclopedia, 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 Desktop Encyclopedia.

Win Vista (SP2) 44%
Win Vista 2%
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 48.78%
Windows 7 34.15%
Windows 10 12.20%
Windows XP 4.88%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 43.90%
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.71%
Windows 10 Pro 4.88%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.88%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.88%
Windows 7 Professional 2.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

94.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 94.37%
  United Kingdom 2.82%
  Canada 1.41%
  Czech Republic 1.41%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.77%
Hewlett-Packard 20.51%
Toshiba 15.38%
Acer 10.26%
Gateway 7.69%
ASUS 5.13%
Sony 2.56%
Lenovo 2.56%
Intel 2.56%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 5.13%
Dell Inspiron 1420 5.13%
TOSHIBA Satellite S50-A 2.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505 2.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite L355 2.56%
Dell Dell XPS420 2.56%

Publisher URL: www.britannica.com


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