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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,796
United States Rank #6,530
Reach 0.0285%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 46.14 days
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Average installed length: 317.38 days


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What is Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games?  (from Encore Software)

Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games 2012 is the largest collection of puzzle games available for your PC and Mac! This epic collection of over 1,000 puzzle and board game variations includes traditional favorites plus new games to challenge your skill, strategy and wit. Take a break from your daily duties and relax with class...  Read more


Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games is a software program developed by Encore Software. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 primary executable is named Hoyle Puzzle Games.exe. The setup package generally installs about 36 files and is usually about 524.04 KB (536,616 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 85% of users of Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.encore.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hoyle\Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{2049C1B1-B5BF-4557-9AF9-2506D835F888}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 524.04 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games

Program executable:Hoyle Puzzle Games.exe
Name:Hoyle Board and Puzzle Games 2012
Path:C:\Program Files\Hoyle\Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games\Hoyle Puzzle Games.exe
Additional files:
  • Hoyle Puzzle Games.exe - Hoyle Board and Puzzle Games 2012
  • OpenAL32.dll (by Creative Labs) - Creative Labs OpenAL32 (OpenAL32)
  • mss32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Miles Sound System
  • freetype6.dll (by FreeType) - FreeType (FreeType: font engine and rasterizer)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • CPUCheck.dll
  • HoyleDLL.dll
  • d3dx9_42.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D 9 Extensions)
  • DevIL.dll
  • DevILU.dll
  • DevILUT.dll
  • dlcomp.dll (by Datalode) - Datalode Compression Engine
  • dlcrypt.dll (by Datalode) - Datalode Security Engine
  • dlkrnl.dll - Datalode Agent Kernel
  • dlplay.dll - Datalode Agent Display Engine
  • encore_reg.exe (by DataLode) - RealConnect Agent (RealConnect Agent Application)
  • FColladaU.dll
  • GDIPLUS.DLL (by Microsoft) - Microsoft GDI+
  • Grengine.dll (by Greestreet Software Limited) - Greenstreet General Graphic Engine (Grengine)
  • Hoyle Card Games.exe - Hoyle Card Games 2012
  • Hoyle Casino.exe
  • Hoyle Slots.exe
  • ILU.dll (by Abysmal Software) - Developer's Image Utilities Library (ILU: A portable image library in development)
  • ILUT.dll (by Abysmal Software) - Developer's Image Utility Toolkit Library (ILUT: A portable image library in development)
  • Kakuro Basic.exe (by Greenstreet Software Limited) - Kakuro
  • KingOfCheapGames_Solitaire.exe
  • libeay32.dll
  • LibJpeg.dll
  • libpng.dll
  • MFC71.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version)
  • msvcr71.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • pathfind.dll
  • PodXsr.dll (by GST) - PODXSR
  • ssleay32.dll
  • Uninstall.exe
  • zlib.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • Hoyle Card Games.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FCE98E03-4762-46CC-9412-2B788AA9F754}' (runs on registration).
  • Hoyle Puzzle Games.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E64EAF43-09BD-40B5-89A8-C43A19622084}' (runs on registration).
  • KingOfCheapGames_Solitaire.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{05BD5E08-C10F-45D5-8551-F4FAB7AB78AD}' (runs on registration).
  • Hoyle Casino.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7D4B72FA-671B-41BA-8184-D3641BFD8E85}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • encore_reg.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named '20090604' and executes as C:\Program Files\Broderbund\Home and Business Lawyer\encore_reg.exe /r "C:\Program Files\Broderbund\Home and Business Lawyer\encore_reg.rpd".

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Or, you can uninstall Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games.

Win 10 55%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 54.73%
Windows 7 39.64%
Windows Vista 4.18%
Windows XP 1.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.32%
Windows 8.1 20.58%
Windows 10 Home 18.03%
Windows 7 Professional 8.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.92%
Windows 10 Pro 4.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

85.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 85.17%
  Canada 3.91%
  Australia 2.61%
  United Kingdom 1.66%
  Spain 0.59%
  France 0.47%
  Egypt 0.47%
  Romania 0.36%
  Netherlands 0.36%
  Turkey 0.36%
  Italy 0.36%
  South Africa 0.24%
  Sweden 0.24%
  Greece 0.24%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.20%
Dell 25.46%
Acer 13.53%
Toshiba 7.96%
ASUS 6.10%
Lenovo 3.71%
Alienware 1.33%
Samsung 0.80%
American Megatrends 0.53%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.24%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.24%
Dell Inspiron 3847 2.78%
ASUS All Series 2.78%
Dell Inspiron 660 2.78%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.78%

About (from Encore Software)

Based in Minneapolis, MN, Encore Software, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation and a Top Ten interactive software publisher.
Publisher URL: www.encore.com


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