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TiVo Desktop


TiVo Desktop is a software program developed by TiVo. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named tivodesktop.exe. The setup package generally installs about 24 files and is usually about 24.94 MB (26,154,311 bytes). The installed file TiVoAutoUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 88% of users of TiVo Desktop come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.tivo.com
Help link: www.tivo.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\tivo\desktop
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4E839090-3B68-436A-B3CF-A2A08C38DD26}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 24.94 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by TiVo Desktop

Program executable:tivodesktop.exe
Name:TiVo Desktop
Path:C:\Program Files\tivo\desktop\tivodesktop.exe
Additional files:
  • Cache.dll - TiVo Desktop (TiVo Caching Support)
  • Folder.dll - TiVo File Folder Support
  • History.dll - TiVo History List Support
  • Http.dll - TiVo HTTP Support
  • Image.dll - TiVo Image Support
  • LogFinder.exe - Log finding tool
  • Mp3.dll - TiVo MP3 Audio Support
  • Mpeg2.dll - TiVo MPEG-2 Video Support
  • Music.dll - TiVo Music Support
  • Photos.dll - TiVo Photos Support
  • TiVoConverter.exe - TiVo Video Converter
  • TiVoNotify.exe - TiVo Notify Service
  • TiVoServer.exe - TiVo Server
  • TiVoWmlPublisher.exe - TiVo Windows Media Library Publisher
  • Videos.dll - TiVo Videos Support
  • WAmp.dll - TiVo WinAmp Playlist Support
  • WAmp3.dll - TiVo WinAmp3 Playlist Support
  • WMedia.dll - TiVo Windows Media Support
  • Zip32.dll (by Info-ZIP) - Info-ZIP's WiZ (Info-ZIP's Zip dll)
  • LibEay32.dll
  • SslEay32.dll
  • TiVoAutoUpdate.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • TiVoServer.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TivoServer' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TiVo\Desktop\TiVoServer.exe" /service /registry /autC:TivoServer.
  • TiVoNotify.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TivoNotify' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TiVo\Desktop\TiVoNotify.exe" /service /registry /autC:TivoNotify.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • TiVoServer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TiVo\Desktop\TiVoServer.exe'.

How do I remove TiVo Desktop?

You can uninstall TiVo Desktop 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 TiVo Desktop, 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 TiVo Desktop.

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 10 33%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.67%
Windows 10 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.33%
Windows 7 Professional 33.33%
Windows 8.1 33.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

87.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 87.50%
  Canada 12.50%


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