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Should I remove Creative ALchemy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,668
United States Rank #2,498
Reach 0.2288%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.28 days
568.69 days >
Average installed length: 298.80 days


1.45 19.11%
1.44 0.71%
1.43 47.41%
1.42 0.02%
1.41 26.65%
1.36 0.98%
1.30 0.09%
1.26 0.55%
1.25 4.35%

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Creative ALchemy

What is Creative ALchemy?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

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Creative ALchemy is a program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most used version is 1.43, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is alchemy.exe. The software installer includes 55 files and is usually about 5.22 MB (5,469,560 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 51% of users of Creative ALchemy come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: connect.creativelabs.com/alchemy/default.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\ALchemy
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{1
Estimated size: 5.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Creative ALchemy

Program executable:alchemy.exe
Name:Creative ALchemy
Path:C:\Program Files\creative\alchemy\alchemy.exe
Additional files:
  • CTSUSDK.dll - Creative Software AutoUpdate Plugin (CTSUSDK)
  • CTSUApp.exe - Creative Software AutoUpdate (Creative Software AutoUpdate Manager)
  • HookWnd.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • CTAL6Svc.dll - Creative ALchemy (System Level Service Installer)
  • dsound.dll
  • ScsInstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ALchemy.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{444A7FFB-027E-4AD8-83EE-0EC6F97FE407}' (runs on registration).
  • CTSUApp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FA918D15-4C07-4806-94AD-40968E711ECA}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Creative ALchemy?

You can uninstall Creative ALchemy 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Creative ALchemy, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Creative ALchemy.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.14%
Windows 10 20.41%
Windows Vista 5.36%
Windows XP 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.09%
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.44%
Windows 7 Professional 17.62%
Windows 10 Pro 6.98%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.18%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.78%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.93% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.93%
  Germany 9.62%
  United Kingdom 6.45%
  France 3.49%
  Canada 3.38%
  Netherlands 2.43%
  Italy 2.23%
  Australia 1.86%
  Poland 1.33%
  Sweden 1.22%
  Spain 1.15%
  Japan 1.06%
  Belgium 1.04%
  Austria 0.92%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 39.50%
Hewlett-Packard 8.71%
Acer 7.12%
ASUS 6.97%
Intel 6.76%
Alienware 2.25%
American Megatrends 2.10%
Sahara 0.46%
Medion 0.41%
Common models
Dell XPS 8300 10.03%
ASUS All Series 7.21%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 6.07%
Dell Studio XPS 9100 4.40%
Dell Dell XPS420 4.22%
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R 3.17%

About Creative Technology Ltd

Creative designs, manufactures and distributes digitized sound and video boards, computers and related multimedia, and personal digital entertainment products.
Publisher URL: us.creative.com


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