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Should I remove Realtek High Definition Audio Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,344
United States Rank #991
Reach 0.6000%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.18 days
329.68 days >
Average installed length: 173.22 days

Versions

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125 versions

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Realtek High Definition Audio Driver

What is Realtek High Definition Audio Driver?

The Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compliant with Microsoft's UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). Flexible mixing, mute, and fine gain control functions provide a complete integrated audio solution for home entertainment PCs. High Definition Audio refers to the specification released by Intel for delivering high-definition audio that is capable of playing back more channels at higher quality than previous integrated audio codecs.

Overview

The most used version is 6.0.1.7535, with over 1% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the 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 main program executable is rtlupd.exe. The software installer includes 49 files and is usually about 11.36 MB (11,907,073 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA
Uninstaller: RtlUpd.exe -r -m
Estimated size: 11.36 MB
Language: Russian

Program filesFiles installed by Realtek High Definition Audio Driver

Program executable:rtlupd.exe
Name:Realtek HD Auido Update and remove driver Tool
Driver Update and remove for Windows x64 or x86_32
Path:C:\windows\rtlupd.exe
MD5:3db566c154aba88f1617cc24b71b9ec2
Additional files:
  • RtkUpd.exe - Realtek HD Auido Update and remove driver Tool (Driver Update and remove for Windows x64 or x86_32)
  • RtkUpd64.exe
  • RtlUpd64.exe
  • BlackBlueSkinImages.dll - Realtek HD Audio Manager Resource
  • BlackSkinImages.dll
  • BlackSkinImages64.dll
  • DarkSkinImages.dll
  • DarkSkinImages64.dll
  • LightSkinImages.dll
  • LightSkinImages64.dll
  • WhiteJadeSkinImages.dll
  • RtHDVCpl.exe - Gerenciador de áudio HD Realtek
  • ToastDll.dll - Realtek Semiconductor GUI DLL
  • RAVBg64.exe - HD Audio Background Process
  • RtHDVBg.exe
  • RtkNGUI.exe - Realtek HD Audio Manager
  • vncutil.exe - Noise Canceling Program
  • vncutil64.exe
  • SkyTel.exe - Realtek Voice Manager
  • RtkAudioService.exe - Realtek Audio Service
  • RtkAudioService64.exe
  • RtkAudioSrvATI.exe
  • RtkAudioSrvATI64.exe
  • RAVCpl64.exe
  • RtkNGUI64.exe
  • AERTSrv.exe (by Andrea Electronics) - APO Access Service (32-bit) (Andrea filters APO access service (32-bit))
  • FMAPP.exe - FMAPP Application
  • APOPCH.exe (by Creative Technology Ltd) - APO Patch (Self installation)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

6 Scheduled Tasks
  • RtlUpd.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB7C6B33-7BF6-49A5-A464-138EDB69D7D8}' (runs on registration).
  • SkyTel.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0A1C9828-D72E-4FF2-B217-D952FAA36D1C}' (runs on registration).
  • RtHDVBg.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FE6F2427-7A74-4987-8B93-CEDA302F9141}' (runs on registration).
  • RtkAudioService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C6C792EF-D9B6-4FE1-A274-F1920A0AFC84}' (runs on registration).
  • RtHDVCpl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FE08DB9E-A7C6-4321-8A90-04EA51AA5EF4}' (runs on registration).
  • RtkAudioSrvATI64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{05360D31-7615-491F-8A72-712BF8091AA7}' (runs on registration).
4 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • RtHDVBg.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RtHDVBg_Dolby.
  • RtHDVCpl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RTKCPL.
  • RAVCpl64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RtHDVCpl.
  • RtkNGUI.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RTKCPL.
3 Services
  • AERTSrv.exe runs as a service named 'Andrea RT Filters Service' (AERTFilters).
  • RtkAudioService.exe runs as a service named 'Realtek Audio Service' (RtkAudioService) "For cooperation with Realtek audio driver.".
  • RtkAudioService64.exe runs as a service named 'Realtek Audio Service' (RtkAudioService) "To check external HDMI device availability, HDMI device audio capability and update HDMI device capability into audio control panel".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • RtHDVCpl.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'RTHDVCPL' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe" -s.
  • RtHDVBg.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'RtHDVBg_Dolby' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVBg.exe" /FORPCEE3.
9 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • RtHDVBg.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RtHDVBg_PushButton' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVBg.exe" /IM.
  • RtHDVCpl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RtHDVCpl' which loads as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe -s.
  • FMAPP.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ForteConfig' which loads as C:\Program Files\Conexant\ForteConfig\fmapp.exe.
  • RtkNGUI.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RTHDVCPL' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI.exe" -s.
  • RAVBg64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RtHDVBg_DTS' which loads as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVBg64.exe /FORDTSUPTBT.
  • SkyTel.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Skytel' which loads as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\Skytel.exe.
  • Plus 3 more
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • RtHDVBg.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVBg.exe'.
  • RtHDVCpl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe'.
  • AERTSrv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\AERTSrv.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

RtHDVCpl.exe
Memory:8.07 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001296688%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00009871%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003096%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,327
8,062,084 average
RtHDVBg.exe
Memory:5.38 MB
Total CPU:0.0000565455%
Kernel CPU:0.00000827%
User CPU:0.00004827%
RtkAudioService64.exe
Memory:2.35 MB
Total CPU:0.0000805955%
Kernel CPU:0.00000519%
User CPU:0.00007540%
CPU cycles/sec:11,540

How do I remove Realtek High Definition Audio Driver?

Quickly and completely remove Realtek High Definition Audio Driver from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Realtek High Definition Audio Driver 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Realtek High Definition Audio Driver, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Realtek High Definition Audio Driver.

OS VERSIONS
Win Vista (SP2) 40%
Win 8.1 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 45.18%
Windows 7 29.30%
Windows XP 20.76%
Windows 8 4.67%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 32.70%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.70%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.24%
Windows Vista Home Basic 9.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.13%
Windows 7 Professional 6.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.82%
  United Kingdom 6.81%
  Germany 4.22%
  Canada 3.44%
  France 2.31%
  Italy 1.75%
  Australia 1.56%
  Netherlands 1.36%
  Brazil 1.28%
  Spain 0.95%
  Japan 0.89%
  India 0.79%
  Sweden 0.67%
  Belgium 0.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 65.03%
Hewlett-Packard 10.08%
Acer 5.02%
American Megatrends 4.95%
Intel 3.78%
GIGABYTE 3.03%
Toshiba 2.17%
Sahara 1.38%
Sony 1.22%
Medion 0.81%
Compaq 0.76%
Gateway 0.57%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 26.49%
Dell Inspiron 530s 11.53%
Dell Inspiron 531 8.58%
Dell Vostro 230 4.93%
Dell Inspiron 531s 4.29%
Dell Vostro 200 3.11%

About Realtek Semiconductor

Realtek manufactures a wide variety of products that can be broadly categorized into two subdivisions: Communications Network ICs, and Computer Peripheral and Multimedia ICs.
Publisher URL: www.realtek.com

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