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Should I remove Realtek High Definition Audio Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3
United States Rank #8
Reach 48.8583%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.72 days
463.87 days >
Average installed length: 243.73 days

Versions

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1,129 versions

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Realtek High Definition Audio Driver

What is Realtek High Definition Audio Driver?

Realtek's High Definition Audio Driver provide high quality DTS, Dolby, Surround Sound to your PC via the audio card. The software comes with a number of features and functionality such as a six channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) that fully supports the 16/20/24-bit Pulse Code Modulation format for 5.1 channel audio. It supports legacy analog input to analog output mixer as well as 44.1k/48k/96kHz Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format output through which you can connect the output of a DVD player to an external receiver.

To use a Realtek embedded or OEM version sound card, the operating system typically requires a specific device driver, a low-level program that handles the data connections between the physical hardware and the operating system. Realtek High Definition Audio Driver is typically required for your audio device to function.

Overview

The most common release is 6.0.1.7183, with over 28% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named rtlupd.exe. The setup package generally installs about 42 files and is usually about 33.45 MB (35,076,928 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\Drivers
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\50\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Informat
Estimated size: 33.45 MB
Language: English

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:\Program Files\realtek\audio\drivers\rtlupd.exe
MD5:97f8e6b7624251bac1d9500d873b7b57
Additional files:
  • RtlUpd64.exe - Realtek HD Auido Update and remove driver Tool (Driver Update and remove for Windows x64 or x86_32)
  • AERTSr64.exe (by Andrea Electronics) - APO Access Service (64-bit) (Andrea filters APO access service (64-bit))
  • RAVCpl64.exe
  • RAVBg64.exe - HD Audio Background Process
  • FMAPP.exe - FMAPP Application
  • RTKAUDIOSERVICE64.EXE - Realtek Audio Service
  • vncutil64.exe - Noise Canceling Program
  • SkyTel.exe - Realtek Voice Manager
  • DTSAudioService64.exe (by DTS) - DTS Post Processing APO (DTS Audio Service)
  • RtkNGUI64.exe
  • BlackSkinImages64.dll - Realtek HD Audio Manager Resource
  • DarkSkinImages64.dll
  • DTSU2PAuSrv64.exe (by DTS, Inc)
  • BlackBlueSkinImages64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • RtkNGUI64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E219254C-B6DA-4122-AA30-F34AB55CD3F3}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlUpd64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CE3B6A67-AD31-454F-8A9C-8BC5BC3A75B9}' (runs on registration).
  • RAVCpl64.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Chameleon Monitor 3'.
  • RAVBg64.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Chameleon Monitor 4'.
3 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • RAVBg64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RtHDVBg.
  • RAVCpl64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RTKCPL.
  • RtkNGUI64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RTKCPL.
4 Services
  • RtkAudioService64.exe runs as a service named 'Realtek Audio Service' (RtkAudioService) "For cooperation with Realtek audio driver.".
  • DTSU2PAuSrv64.exe runs as a service named 'DTSAudioSvc' (DTSAudioSvc) "Provides audio loopback for the DTS APO".
  • AERTSr64.exe runs as a service named 'AERTFilters' (AERTFilters).
  • DTSAudioService64.exe runs as a service named 'DTSAudioService' (DTSAudioService).
3 Startup Files (User Run)
  • RAVCpl64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Gestione Audio Realtek HD' and executes as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVCpl64.exe.
  • RtkNGUI64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Gestionnaire audio HD Realtek' and executes as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI64.exe.
  • RtlUpd64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'RtlUpd64.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\realtek\audio\hda\rtlupd64.exe.
6 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • RAVBg64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RtHDVBg_MA3Firmware' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVBg64.exe" /VIENNAMA3.
  • RAVCpl64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RAVCpl64.exe' which loads as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVCpl64.exe -s.
  • RtkNGUI64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RTHDVCPL' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI64.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.
  • 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.
  • vncutil64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'vncutil' which loads as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\vncutil64.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

AERTSr64.exe
Memory:1.03 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000472944%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00004198%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000531%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:478
8,062,084 average
RAVCpl64.exe
Memory:5.72 MB
Total CPU:0.0027272388%
Kernel CPU:0.00240406%
User CPU:0.00032318%
CPU cycles/sec:2,912
I/O reads/min:5 Bytes
RAVBg64.exe
Memory:8.99 MB
Total CPU:0.0000502764%
Kernel CPU:0.00003440%
User CPU:0.00001588%
CPU cycles/sec:1,108

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 7 (SP1) 56%
0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.65%
Windows 8 25.24%
Windows XP 7.03%
Windows Vista 6.03%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.74%
Windows 8.1 9.51%
Windows 7 Professional 9.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.02%
Windows 8 6.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.42%
  Germany 5.60%
  United Kingdom 4.54%
  France 3.62%
  Canada 3.23%
  Italy 3.12%
  Brazil 2.74%
  Australia 1.92%
  Netherlands 1.69%
  India 1.51%
  Iran 1.48%
  Taiwan 1.36%
  Spain 1.35%
  Belgium 1.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 24.49%
Hewlett-Packard 16.15%
ASUS 14.91%
Dell 13.38%
Toshiba 8.96%
GIGABYTE 7.56%
Samsung 7.50%
Lenovo 3.87%
Intel 1.56%
MSI 0.96%
American Megatrends 0.65%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.60%
ASUS All Series 3.57%
HP G62 Notebook PC 3.23%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.73%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.68%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 1.93%

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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Beauregard 2 months ago
If your hardware is running RealTek Audio embedded in your el cheap CPU, you really don't have a choice but to keep this app. It's your audio driver and you can do things with it. Don't know just what, but try doing without it. No such luck.