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Should I remove Halo 2 for Windows Vista?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #9,784
United States Rank #7,624
Reach 0.0373%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.36 days
423.75 days >
Average installed length: 222.65 days

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Halo 2 for Windows Vista

What is Halo 2 for Windows Vista?  (from Microsoft Game Studios)

Windows Vista gamers will be able to experience the epic story of Halo 2 as Master Chief delves further into the mystery of the Covenant in the aftermath of Halo’s destruction. What he discovers will soon threaten the fate not only of Earth, but of the Universe itself. The entertainment phenomenon that conquered the d...  Read more


Halo 2 for Windows Vista is a program developed by Microsoft Game Studios. 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 main program executable is startup.exe. The software installer includes 55 files and is usually about 23.88 MB (25,044,914 bytes). Update.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 60% of users of Halo 2 for Windows Vista come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/games
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft games\halo 2
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo 2\StartUp.exe /tnC:/remove
Estimated size: 23.88 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Halo 2 for Windows Vista

Program executable:startup.exe
Name:Halo 2 for Windows Vista
Signed by:Microsoft Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft games\halo 2\startup.exe
Additional files:
  • sldlext.dll - DownLevel Software Licensing Client Extension Dll
  • activate.exe - Microsoft Game Studios Activation Wizard (Microsoft Games Studios Activation Wizard)
  • gfwlivesetupmin.exe - Microsoft® Games for Windows® - LIVE (Games for Windows® - LIVE Setup)
  • mfnetcore.dll - Media Foundation Net Core DLL
  • MFPlat.dll - Media Foundation Platform DLL
  • advapi32.dll - Advanced Windows 32 Base API
  • Update.exe - Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor
  • mspac.dll - Product Activation Wizard (Microsoft Game Studios PA Wizard)
  • mspacres.dll
  • H2Admin.exe - Halo 2 for Windows Vista (Halo 2 Dedicated Server Administration Console)
  • H2Server.exe - Halo 2 for Windows Vista Dedicated Server
  • halo2.exe
  • resource.dll
  • tnpcacheengine.exe - Cache Engine
  • MF.dll - Media Foundation DLL
  • ImeUiRes.dll - ImeUiRes
  • pccompat.dll - PCCompat (PC Game Compatibility Module)
  • sldl_dll.dll - SLDL_DLL
  • xinput1_3.dll (by http://x360ce.googlecode.com) - XBOX 360 Controller Emulator
  • tnpui.dll - Launcher User Interface
  • mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • halo2.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CB914391-C4D0-4CEC-AF65-75A98151278C}' (runs on registration).
  • Startup.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Halo 2 for Vista restart' (runs on registration).
  • H2Server.exe runs as a service named 'Halo 2 Dedicated Server #LAN' (h2server_LAN) "Provides awesomeness.".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • halo2.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo 2\halo2.exe'.

How do I remove Halo 2 for Windows Vista?

You can uninstall Halo 2 for Windows Vista 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 Halo 2 for Windows Vista, 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 Halo 2 for Windows Vista.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.43%
Windows 10 32.56%
Windows Vista 7.19%
Windows XP 0.81%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.27%
Windows 7 Professional 11.55%
Windows 8.1 6.52%
Windows 10 Home 6.11%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.98%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.89%
  Australia 6.10%
  Canada 3.96%
  United Kingdom 3.42%
  Colombia 2.99%
  Mexico 1.82%
  Netherlands 1.39%
  Finland 1.28%
  Germany 1.28%
  Sweden 1.18%
  Italy 1.18%
  Brazil 0.86%
  Belgium 0.75%
  India 0.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.08%
Dell 17.29%
Acer 13.53%
ASUS 11.53%
Toshiba 7.02%
Intel 4.26%
Lenovo 3.51%
Samsung 2.01%
Alienware 1.25%
Gateway 0.75%
MSI 0.75%
Common models
ASUS All Series 9.61%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.37%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.37%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.49%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.18%
Dell XPS 630i 1.75%

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Studios is the video game production of Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox and Games for Windows.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com/games


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