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Should I remove TOSHIBA Desktop Assist?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #640
United States Rank #751
Reach 1.0565%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.18 days
329.75 days >
Average installed length: 173.26 days


VersionDistribution 2.69% 0.02% 0.44% 3.29% 0.04% 0.00% 1.59% 0.09% 0.02% 7.18% 1.25% 30.39% 0.01% 0.06% 0.01% 0.01% 15.50% 0.02% 0.02% 0.00% 0.16% 15.37% 0.42% 0.00% 0.05%
1.00.0007.00002 21.35%
1.00.0006.00004 0.00%

Other programs by TOSHIBA

TOSHIBA Desktop Assist

What is TOSHIBA Desktop Assist?  (from TOSHIBA)

TOSHIBA Desktop Assist is installed on computers with Windows 8 (factory installed and upgrade). The Desktop Assist utility is designed to give users easy access to their programs, control panel, as well as files and folders, similar to the Start Menu in previous versions of Windows. Click on it for quick and easy acce...  Read more


TOSHIBA Desktop Assist is a program developed by TOSHIBA. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 TosDesktopAssist.exe. The software installer includes 4 files and is usually about 546.28 KB (559,392 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 50% of users of TOSHIBA Desktop Assist come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.csd.toshiba.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Desktop Assist\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{95CCACF0-010D-45F0-82BF-858643D8BC02}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 546.28 KB

Program filesFiles installed by TOSHIBA Desktop Assist

Program executable:TosDesktopAssist.exe
Name:TOSHIBA Desktop Assist
Path:C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Desktop Assist\TosDesktopAssist.exe
Additional files:
  • TosDesktopAssist.exe - TOSHIBA Desktop Assist
  • TOSHIBADesktopAssist.dll - TOSHIBADesktopAssist
  • TosMUILang.dll - TOSHIBA Utilities (TOSHIBA MUI Language Information for WPF)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • TosDesktopAssist.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9D6BDB34-3D5B-403B-B042-2F07F21A1C35}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove TOSHIBA Desktop Assist?

You can uninstall TOSHIBA Desktop Assist 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 TOSHIBA Desktop Assist, 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 TOSHIBA Desktop Assist.

Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 99.72%
Windows 7 0.24%
Windows XP 0.02%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 52.52%
Windows 8 20.05%
Windows 10 Home 15.03%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 3.65%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.45%
Windows 8.1 Connected 1.77%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.59% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.59%
  United Kingdom 8.90%
  Australia 4.69%
  France 4.18%
  Germany 4.08%
  Canada 3.82%
  Italy 3.78%
  Netherlands 1.84%
  Spain 1.49%
  Portugal 1.19%
  Belgium 1.15%
  Saudi Arabia 1.02%
  New Zealand 0.96%
  Mexico 0.81%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.94%
Acer 0.02%
Dell 0.02%
ASUS 0.01%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 7.89%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 6.95%
TOSHIBA Satellite L50-B 4.91%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855 4.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite L855 3.87%


Toshiba electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation that is a diversified manufacturer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, Internet-based solutions and services, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
Publisher URL: www.toshiba.com

comments2 comments

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The Olde Hippieover a year ago
When my Win7 laptop died suddenly, I reluctantly settled for Win8 on my new one. It took me a few days to get back to a Win7 feel and this Desktom Assis was my first target. I got my Start button back with Start8 from Download dot com and it's been smooth sailing since.
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wmharkover a year ago
The Toshiba desktop assist really stinks as desktop programs go. You can't do anything without going back to the desktop program. You can't even close a program and you don't know if a program closed once you go back to the desktop. I have avoided using it and just go to the windows desktop, but even then you don't have the customary START button. I really hate it. It might be okay for people who don't know anything about computers, but for real users, it is just in the way of real productivity.