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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,347
United States Rank #11,623
Reach 0.0179%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.91 days
203.88 days >
Average installed length: 107.13 days


6.0.6000.16748 19.83%
1.0.0000.131 80.17%

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What is Tinker?  (from Microsoft)

Being a small robot isn’t always easy. Being a small robot marooned in a surreal world of clockwork, inventive mechanisms and challenging puzzles, even less so. In Tinker, a free puzzle game that pushes the boundaries of robot deduction, you’ll guide your robot through switches, contraptions to reach the exit. He’ll on...  Read more


Tinker is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 1.0.0000.131, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 tinker.exe. The setup package generally installs about 13 files and is usually about 58.39 MB (61,222,205 bytes). 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 61% of users of Tinker come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/games/en-us/Games/Pages/tinker.aspx
Help link: www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?/topic/6576-microsoft-tinker
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Tinker\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{584109EB-4A5E-4467-B3C4-5C1000008300}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 58.39 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Tinker

Program executable:tinker.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft games\tinker\tinker.exe
Additional files:
  • xlive.dll - Microsoft® Games for Windows® - LIVE (Games for Windows - LIVE DLL)
  • XLiveServices.dll - XLiveServices Library
  • d3dx9_39.dll - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows®
  • D3DX9_41.dll - Direct3D 9 Extensions
  • xinput1_3.dll - Microsoft Common Controller API
  • SparkResource.dll
  • SparkGDF.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Tinker.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Tinker\Tinker.exe'.

How do I remove Tinker?

You can uninstall Tinker 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 Tinker, 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 Tinker.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.74%
Windows 10 29.18%
Windows XP 3.97%
Windows Vista 3.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.40%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.16%
Windows 7 Professional 10.23%
Windows 10 Pro 5.68%
Windows 10 Home 5.40%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 4.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.61% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.61%
  United Kingdom 6.13%
  Canada 4.38%
  Germany 3.50%
  France 2.84%
  Venezuela 1.53%
  Netherlands 1.31%
  India 1.09%
  Italy 0.88%
  Mexico 0.88%
  Thailand 0.88%
  UA 0.88%
  Austria 0.66%
  Egypt 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.03%
Dell 23.66%
Acer 10.75%
ASUS 9.68%
Toshiba 7.53%
Lenovo 3.76%
Intel 2.69%
Alienware 1.08%
Apple 1.08%
Gateway 1.08%
Medion 1.08%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.55%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.03%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.03%
PowerSpec B358 3.03%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite P775 2.27%

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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