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What's this MSXML 4.0? What does MSXML do to my computer?


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What's this MSXML 4.0?

What does MSXML do to my computer?
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It's used to transform XML data and contains numerous tools, classes, methods, libraries, etc for working with XML data. Some websites store data displayed on the site in XML and then transform it to some format (HTML) to display on the webpage. Such web pages require you have msxml installed for the page to function and display correctly. There's a longer explanation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSXML , but any web-page you find on the subject will tend to be rather "techie" in content. Suffice to say you need msxml in one version or another, and it's a standard part of a Windows installation. It's on every Windows PC so don't worry about it, just be sure to download express security updates regularly from Microsoft Update as some of them are specifically for msxml.
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Is it ok to uninstall this sir?
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What's this MSXML 4.0?

What does MSXML do to my computer?

 

MSXML 4.0 is an additional piece of software used by other software.  It is separate from the versions of MSXML included with your Windows Operating system.

 

Microsoft no longer support this software and leaving it on your computer may be a security risk - I have written a blog post titled "And it's official, MSXML 4.0 SP3 is out of support!", which discusses MSXML 4.0 being end-of-life and uninstalling it if you don't need it.  Like most software, especially if it's plugged into a browser like MSXML 4.0 is, if you're not using it uninstall it.


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Is it ok to uninstall this sir?

 

It is normally ok to uninstall this, I haven't found any applications that rely on this except an old version of Age of Empires (a strategy game).  I have written a blog post on Uninstalling MSXML 4.0 if you need assistance.


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