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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 #2,039
United States Rank #3,001
Reach 0.3253%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.51 days
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Average installed length: 271.33 days

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What is Microsoft Document Explorer 2008?  (from Microsoft)

Microsoft Document Explorer only gets installed with our earlier Visual Studio 2002-2008 developer products and some SDKs. HelpStudio Lite is specifically intended for supporting Visual Studio add-ins.


Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 is a program developed by Microsoft. 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 main program executable is dexplore.exe. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 26.17 MB (27,442,316 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 32% of users of Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and India.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=96782
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help 9\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help 9\Microsoft Document Explorer 2008\install.exe
Estimated size: 26.17 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Document Explorer 2008

Program executable:dexplore.exe
Name:Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008
Microsoft Document Explorer
Path:C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help 9\dexplore.exe
Additional files:
  • DExplore_.exe - Microsoft Document Explorer 2005 (IExpress Setup)
  • dexplmnu.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 (Dexplore Menu Registration DLL)
  • msenv.dll - Development Environment DLL
  • vslog.dll - Visual Studio Logging
  • custsat.dll - custsat

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • dexplore.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{66850B03-03A6-4382-8ECD-4883B317642F}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Microsoft Document Explorer 2008?

Quickly and completely remove Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 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 Microsoft Document Explorer 2008, 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 Microsoft Document Explorer 2008.

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.34%
Windows 10 17.99%
Windows XP 7.01%
Windows Vista 3.44%
Windows Server 2003 0.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 23.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.03%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.75%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.11%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.57%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.21% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.21%
  Germany 6.05%
  India 5.79%
  United Kingdom 2.95%
  France 2.94%
  Brazil 2.52%
  Iran 2.42%
  Italy 2.41%
  Taiwan 2.32%
  Canada 2.25%
  Netherlands 1.84%
  MA 1.68%
  Spain 1.65%
  Japan 1.53%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.27%
Hewlett-Packard 23.10%
Acer 13.74%
ASUS 8.73%
Intel 4.31%
Lenovo 4.20%
Toshiba 3.38%
Samsung 3.16%
American Megatrends 0.68%
Apple 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.44%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.69%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.61%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 3.43%
ASUS All Series 3.35%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.92%

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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