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Should I remove Windows Desktop Search?

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9% remove it91% keep it
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Windows Desktop Search


Windows Desktop Search is a software program developed by Microsoft. The programs's main executable is WindowsSearch.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 8.02 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 9.61 MB (10,080,063 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows XP. While about 83% of users of Windows Desktop Search come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B2637D16-7ED0-482B-A77B-22A47FC2C41C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.61 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Desktop Search

Program executable:WindowsSearch.exe
Name:Windows Search System Tray
Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Path:C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • xppreviewproxy.dll - Windows Desktop Search Preview Handler Proxy Dll
  • WindowsSearchRes.dll - Windows Search System Tray Resources
  • mapineRes.dll - MAPI2 Namespace Extension Resources
  • msnlRed.dll - Windows Search MAPI access library
  • deskbar.dll - Windows Search Deskbar extension
  • MSNLDlPs.dll - Windows Search Data Layer PS Dll
  • MSNLExtRes.dll - Search Results View Resources
  • WdsMktTools.dll - Windows Search Market Tools
  • WindowsSearch.exe - Windows Search System Tray
  • MSNLDl.dll - Windows Search Data Layer
  • dbres.dll - Windows Search component
  • dbsetup.dll
  • wordwheel.dll
  • wwres.dll
  • mapine.dll - Windows® Search (Windows Search MAPI Support)
  • msnlExt.dll - Windows Search Results View
  • MsnlNamespaceMgr.dll - Windows Search Namespace Manager
  • wdsShell.dll - wdsShell
  • wdsView.dll - wdsView

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.02 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0009424020%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00050230%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00044010%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:10.48 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Windows Desktop Search?

You can uninstall Windows Desktop Search 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 Windows Desktop Search, 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 Windows Desktop Search.

Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%
Windows XP
United States

Distribution by countryGeography

83.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.33%
  United Kingdom 16.67%

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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