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Should I remove Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #80
United States Rank #145
Reach 4.7992%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.83 days
584.99 days >
Average installed length: 307.37 days


VersionDistribution 9.40% 42.34% 19.88% 0.48% 4.44% 5.29% 0.02% 2.22% 1.19%
2.0.687.0 1.85%
2.0.683.0 0.00%
2.0.673.0 1.32%
2.0.672.0 7.73%
1.2.0241 2.90%
1.2.0238 0.30%
1.1.0324 0.31%
1.1.0322 0.33%

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Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable

What is Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable?

Games for Windows – Live is an online gaming service for Games for Windows-branded PC titles. It enables Windows PCs to connect to the Live service, which will eventually include other devices including Windows Phone. Users, each with a unique Gamertag, the Microsoft username service for gaming that began with the Xbox Live, are able to play online, keep track of their friends' status, send and receive messages, gain and keep track of Achievements and associated Gamerscore, voice chat across platforms, and much more.

About  (from Microsoft)

The package installs for the Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable that enables the in-game Games for Windows - LIVE experience as well as the Games for Windows - LIVE Client that enables the out-of-game experience, including Games for Windows - LIVE Marketplace.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named GameForWindowsLiveRedist.exe. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 20.6 MB (21,598,208 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{2E660A2A-A55F-43CD-9F73-CAD7382EEB78}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{832D9DE0-8AFC-4689-9819-4DBBDEBD3E4F}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 20.6 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable

Program executable:GameForWindowsLiveRedist.exe
Additional files:
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client
  • dxsetup.exe - Microsoft® DirectX für Windows® (Microsoft DirectX-Setup)
  • dsetup.dll - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct driver preloader)
  • dsetup32.dll - DirectX-Setup (32 Bit)

How do I remove Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable?

You can uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable 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 Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable, 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 Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.60%
Windows 10 29.11%
Windows Vista 2.78%
Windows XP 2.49%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.62%
Windows 7 Professional 9.33%
Windows 8.1 6.95%
Windows 10 Home 5.53%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.31%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.54%
  Germany 6.27%
  United Kingdom 4.89%
  France 4.79%
  Canada 3.13%
  Italy 2.76%
  Brazil 2.71%
  Australia 2.00%
  Netherlands 1.78%
  Poland 1.45%
  Sweden 1.45%
  Russia 1.34%
  Spain 1.33%
  India 1.21%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.95%
Acer 17.58%
ASUS 16.39%
Dell 15.41%
Lenovo 4.61%
Toshiba 4.22%
Samsung 3.95%
Alienware 2.43%
MSI 1.64%
Intel 1.22%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.80%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.98%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.99%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.47%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.29%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 1.70%

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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