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Creative ALchemy Universal

What is Creative ALchemy Universal?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

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Creative ALchemy Universal is a software program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most common release is 1.26, 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 primary executable is named alchemy.exe. The setup package generally installs about 8 files and is usually about 6.13 MB (6,430,855 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 57% of users of Creative ALchemy Universal come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Poland.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\ALchemy
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{B
Estimated size: 6.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Creative ALchemy Universal

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
  • CTNet.exe - CTNet

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CTSUApp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FA918D15-4C07-4806-94AD-40968E711ECA}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Creative ALchemy Universal?

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Or, you can uninstall Creative ALchemy Universal 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 Creative ALchemy Universal, 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 Creative ALchemy Universal.

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 100.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 50.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.14%
  Brazil 14.29%
  Poland 14.29%
  United Kingdom 14.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 66.67%
Acer 33.33%

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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