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What is bingdesktopupdater.exe?

Part of Bing Desktop by Microsoft

What is it?

Bing Desktop is a gadget-like Windows program for Windows 7 that adds a search bar to Windows Desktop and changes the desktop background to that of Bing's image of the day. Bing Desktop updating service is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
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How does bingdesktopupdater.exe run?

Service - bingdesktopupdater.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'BingDesktopUpdate' (Bing Desktop Update service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Bing Desktop Update service runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the bingdesktopupdater.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of bingdesktopupdater.exe users, 79.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is bingdesktopupdater.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00017% CPU1714.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          2.76 MB RAM12.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 40 /min1.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\microsoft\bingdesktop\bingdesktopupdater.exe

Are there other versions of Bing Desktop?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

About Microsoft Corp.

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File details

File name: bingdesktopupdater.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corp. (verified)
Name: Bing Desktop
Description: Bing Desktop updating service
Version: 1.3.328.0
Size: 169.13 KB
Original file name: BingDesktopUpdater.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 10/10/2011
Expiration date: 1/10/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001929915%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000215664%
User CPU: 0.00017142515856%
Privileged CPU time: 78.12 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,671,132,724
CPU cycle count /min: 1,322,586
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 75.69 MB
Peak committed memory: 82 MB
Paged memory: 2.76 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.16 MB
Paged system memory: 125.5 KB
Non-paged system memory: 15.17 KB
Working set memory: 8.13 MB
Peak working set memory: 8.3 MB
Min working set memory: 5.83 MB
Private memory: 2.76 MB
Page faults: 3,277
Page faults /min: 3
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 42
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 87.43 KB
Read transfer /min: 71 Bytes
Total write operations: 14
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 83.69 KB
Write transfer /min: 68 Bytes
Total other operations: 373
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 54.61 KB
Other Transfer /min: 44 Bytes
Handle count average: 147
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft\BingDesktop\BingDesktopUpdater.exe"

Service details

Name: Bing Desktop Update service
Service name: BingDesktopUpdate
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Bing Desktop Update Service”

Image hashes

MD5: bf69a753b63b47ae88e58903616091b1
SHA-1: d4c8f399d121baba2bf2b64e38b036e0212c4bc7

PE image details

File packed: No
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