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This is What Steam Gamers Have Installed on PC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 76 comments

A lot of BitTorrent users on the legit gamer's gaming service.

As part of its information gathering, Valve has compiled and published the opt-in survey results from Windows users of what sort of software they have installed on their gaming machines.

Steam, naturally, was installed on 100 percent of the machines. Adobe Flash was close with being installed on 96.79 percent of the machines. Then the third most popular software was Adobe Acrobat at 73.18 percent.

Firefox is the clear alternative browser of choice, as it was on 63.05 percent of machines. Chrome, on the other hand, was on 11.56 percent.

Various Microsoft software make up much of the top parts of the list, such as Office, Silverlight, Live Messenger, Games for Windows, and Windows Media Player.

QuickTime was on 43.95 percent, while Skype was on 41.75 percent of PCs.

It also seems that a third of gamers are also BitTorrent users. By far the most popular BitTorrent client is ┬ÁTorrent at 29.41 percent of machines. The official BitTorrent client has 5.28 percent and BitComet held 2.44 percent.

Check out the full results here.

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    infodan , August 26, 2010 2:31 PM
    randomizer43.95% for Quicktime? That's a sad statistic.

    There's still a few porn sites that require quick time to view clips.

    or so im told....
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    randomizer , August 26, 2010 2:25 PM
    43.95% for Quicktime? That's a sad statistic.
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    Onus , August 26, 2010 2:14 PM
    This was an opt-in survey, not the result of Steam spying on users' computers.
    I'm surprised that Open Office isn't on that list. I'm further surprised that Groove (a collaboration tool) is; makes me think there are a lot of work PCs with Steam installed on them...
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    LATTEH , August 26, 2010 2:05 PM
    gotta love steam :D 
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    tolham , August 26, 2010 2:13 PM
    only a third of windows users have windows media player installed? i thought that was intertwined with windows.
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    isamuelson , August 26, 2010 2:14 PM
    XD_duedHmmm...I'm not sure how comfortable I am with them being able to find this information. I wonder what else they can see...


    You can also look at it from the point of view that they want to see what people run to ensure Steam will work correctly with those other pieces of software and not interfere with them and vice versa: ensure the other apps don't cause issues with Steam.

    I'm not sure if you can or not, but I think you can opt out of Steam collecting and sending information to the Steam servers. I seem to remember this, but it's been so long since I installed Steam.
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    Onus , August 26, 2010 2:14 PM
    This was an opt-in survey, not the result of Steam spying on users' computers.
    I'm surprised that Open Office isn't on that list. I'm further surprised that Groove (a collaboration tool) is; makes me think there are a lot of work PCs with Steam installed on them...
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    TunaSoda , August 26, 2010 2:17 PM
    I'm not surprised that open office isn't on the list
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    cookoy , August 26, 2010 2:19 PM
    Most are pretty standard must-have apps. Adobe Acrobat? Maybe it's the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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    Tmanishere , August 26, 2010 2:22 PM
    I lol-ed at ╬╝Torrent = 29.41%. :D 
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    randomizer , August 26, 2010 2:25 PM
    43.95% for Quicktime? That's a sad statistic.
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    BluntObjection , August 26, 2010 2:25 PM
    Surprised photoshop and Fraps wasn't on this list
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    dmpco , August 26, 2010 2:26 PM
    do people actually read the story
    it says "Valve has compiled and published the opt-in survey"
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    infodan , August 26, 2010 2:31 PM
    randomizer43.95% for Quicktime? That's a sad statistic.

    There's still a few porn sites that require quick time to view clips.

    or so im told....
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    nexus9113 , August 26, 2010 2:32 PM
    XD_duedHmmm...I'm not sure how comfortable I am with them being able to find this information. I wonder what else they can see...


    Ummm, it blatantly states in the article that people willingly gave up this information, in fact there's quite an effort involved to send anything to them regarding specs and program info about your computer. It's not some random button on the UI. Fail.
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    dfusco , August 26, 2010 2:39 PM
    Dr RighteousYEP. And that information is for sale. Guess what; You guys that Bit-torrent might be in for a surprise when you are targeted by lawyers seeking to skin you for the possibility of software pirating. Note in these cases they DO NOT HAVE TO PROVE YOU ARE GUILTY. They just have to have a suspension. Bit torrent client suspicious? To a scummy lawyer YES.


    The "possibility of software pirating" is actionable? I think not, LOL!
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    2real , August 26, 2010 2:41 PM
    infodanThere's still a few porn sites that require quick time to view clips.or so im told....

    doesn't apple force you to install it with itunes? or they used to i haven't used their crappy products in at least 6 years
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    bonezy , August 26, 2010 2:51 PM
    2realdoesn't apple force you to install it with itunes? or they used to i haven't used their crappy products in at least 6 years


    Most steam gamers probably eschew crApple products anyways. Bang for the buck, I personally love my Sansa Clip.
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    tommysch , August 26, 2010 2:57 PM
    Damn, we are so l33t!
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    tommysch , August 26, 2010 3:00 PM
    Dr RighteousYEP. And that information is for sale. Guess what; You guys that Bit-torrent might be in for a surprise when you are targeted by lawyers seeking to skin you for the possibility of software pirating. Note in these cases they DO NOT HAVE TO PROVE YOU ARE GUILTY. They just have to have a suspension. Bit torrent client suspicious? To a scummy lawyer YES.


    You are dead wrong... Plz inform yourself cause you look like a fool.

    jtt283This was an opt-in survey, not the result of Steam spying on users' computers.I'm surprised that Open Office isn't on that list. I'm further surprised that Groove (a collaboration tool) is; makes me think there are a lot of work PCs with Steam installed on them...


    Why would anybody with uTorrent ever install open office? I prefer the free full MS Office suite by far.
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    beans4you , August 26, 2010 3:03 PM
    I thought they were going to show a picture of a pile of S*it, = cod mw2 and or the % of players hacking the game and not being banned!.. honestly, EVERY GAME? every game has a hacker valve. Please tell me, why did I buy this game?
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