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Should I remove Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #174
United States Rank #245
Reach 3.0403%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.71 days
433.99 days >
Average installed length: 228.03 days


VersionDistribution 25.17% 74.83%

Typically installed together

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Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace

What is Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace?

The Games for Windows Marketplace client allows user to download full and demo games as well as game upgrades and add-ons through the Games on Demand service. Some titles bought on Games on Demand include Server Side Authentication. This is a Games for Windows feature that automatically ties the game to your Windows Live ID and the Gamertag associated to it. Microsoft eventually merged the content with the Xbox website. The Games for Windows client was also reduced to simply opening up the Windows section of Xbox.com.

About  (from Microsoft)

Want to install games you've already purchased? Get the free Games for Windows Marketplace client.

When you sign-in and launch the Games for Windows – LIVE application, you will be on the Marketplace tab. All Downloads includes every title that has any downloadable content associated with it. Full Games include...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named GameForWindowsLiveDash.exe. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 3.21 MB (3,371,008 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.xbox.com
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{4CB0307C-565E-4441-86BE-0DF2E4FB828C}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4CB0307C-565E-4441-86BE-0DF2E4FB828C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.21 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace

Program executable:GameForWindowsLiveDash.exe
Additional files:
  • xliveservices.resources.dll - Microsoft® Games for Windows® - LIVE
  • gfwlclient.resources.dll

How do I remove Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace?

You can uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace 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 Marketplace, 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 Marketplace.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.07%
Windows 10 32.39%
Windows Vista 3.01%
Windows XP 1.52%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.53%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.21%
Windows 7 Professional 8.92%
Windows 8.1 8.27%
Windows 10 Home 5.79%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.07%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.95% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 41.95%
  Germany 6.09%
  United Kingdom 5.30%
  France 5.04%
  Canada 3.33%
  Italy 2.68%
  Brazil 2.52%
  Australia 2.19%
  Netherlands 1.78%
  Sweden 1.46%
  Spain 1.38%
  Poland 1.24%
  Belgium 1.09%
  Russia 1.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.73%
Acer 16.95%
ASUS 16.64%
Dell 15.31%
Lenovo 4.69%
Toshiba 4.23%
Samsung 3.68%
Alienware 2.64%
MSI 1.82%
Intel 1.29%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.63%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.77%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.29%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.38%
Dell XPS 8300 1.78%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.78%

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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