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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,457
United States Rank #8,644
Reach 0.0467%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.33 days
334.13 days >
Average installed length: 175.56 days


1.19.02 18.35%
1.18.05 4.78%
1.18.03 5.32%
1.17.01 28.12%
1.16.02 26.38%
1.15.08 1.09%

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Creative Centrale

What is Creative Centrale?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

The Creative Centrale has several options which you may change from time to time to suit your preferences while using its features. For example, you can set file transfers to be done automatically or manually and also personalizing how the Creative Centrale identifies the player.

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Creative Centrale is a program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most used version is 1.17.01, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 Centrale.exe. The software installer includes 43 files and is usually about 14.97 MB (15,696,514 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 42% of users of Creative Centrale come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\Creative Centrale
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\{C53BB6D4-6278-4EE9-BAA9-E4F85E919A1C}\Setup.exe" REMOVE=TRUE MODIFY=FALSE
Estimated size: 14.97 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Creative Centrale

Program executable:Centrale.exe
Name:Creative Centrale
Path:C:\Program Files\Creative\Creative Centrale\Centrale.exe
Additional files:
  • MFInfou.dll - Creative Media File Information Module (DLL to get media file information)
  • HWAboutU.DLL - Creative Dialog Skin Engine About Box
  • CTXMLPsu.dll - Creative Technology Ltd XML Parser (Creative XML Parser Engine File)
  • ComRcRes.dll - Creative Centrale Server Edition (Creative Centrale Plugin Resource)
  • CTMetaDu.dll - CTMETADB Dynamic Link Library (CTMETADB DLL)
  • CTMSCaps.dll - CTMSCaps Dynamic Link Library
  • CTDBEngu.dll - CTDBEng Dynamic Link Library (CTDBEng DLL)
  • CTLogDBu.dll - CTLogDB Dynamic Link Library (CTLogDB)
  • HookWndU.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • CTUPnPFn.exe - UPnPSubP Application (Creative Centrale Media Server Component)
  • DVDngine.dll - Creative DVD Ripping (Creative DVD Ripping Engine)
  • CDPlgres.dll - Creative Centrale (CD Rip Plug-in Resource)
  • CDRipPlg.dll - CD Rip Plug-in
  • Centrale.exe
  • CentrRes.dll - Creative Centrale resource
  • ChnTag.exe - Tag Format Converter
  • ChTagCrl.dll - Tag Format Converter resource file
  • CmsImpt.dll - CMS Import Plug-in
  • CTDBENG2.dll - DB Engine DLL
  • CTMEMDB.dll - Memory Database Engine
  • CTOrSync.exe - Organizer Data Synchronization
  • CTOSyncR.dll - Organizer Synchronization Resource
  • ctsniff.dll - MediaSniffer Engine
  • CTUPnPSv.exe - Creative Centrale Media Server Service
  • DiscPMgr.dll - Disk manage Plug-in
  • DVDRpPlg.dll - DVD Ripper Plugin
  • DVDRpRes.dll - DVD Ripper Plug-in Resource
  • MSCPlgu.dll - MSC Plugin DLL
  • MtpPlgin.dll - Mtp Plugin
  • MtpUI.dll - MtpUI Dynamic Link Library
  • MtpUIRes.dll - MtpUIRes Dynamic Link Library
  • PcLibPlg.dll - PC Library Plug-in
  • pcmlUpdt.dll - PCLib update Component
  • CTIntrfu.dll - CTIntrfc
  • CTRegSvu.exe - CTRegSvr
  • ComRcPlg.dll - ZC (Zc Common Resource Plugin)
  • CTDBModu.dll - Creative Database Module DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • Centrale.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'ZcRipVideoCDMovieOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'ZcAuto.VCD' and the action verb 'Rip.
Scheduled Task
  • Centrale.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5E2296F5-AE0A-44E9-A78B-3654E2C180AE}' (runs on registration).
  • CTUPnPSv.exe runs as a service named 'Creative Centrale Media Server' (CTUPnPSv).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • CTUPnPFn.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Creative\Creative Centrale\CTUPnPFn.exe'.

How do I remove Creative Centrale?

You can uninstall Creative Centrale 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 Centrale, 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 Centrale.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.69%
Windows 10 15.85%
Windows Vista 10.97%
Windows XP 7.49%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.76%
Windows 7 Professional 10.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.06%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.52%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.99%
Windows 10 Home 5.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.22%
  United Kingdom 11.45%
  Germany 7.05%
  Italy 4.30%
  Netherlands 4.21%
  France 3.94%
  Belgium 3.30%
  Canada 2.66%
  Sweden 2.29%
  Spain 2.01%
  Finland 1.65%
  Poland 1.47%
  DK 1.37%
  Australia 1.28%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.34%
Hewlett-Packard 24.37%
Acer 19.10%
Toshiba 9.16%
ASUS 8.38%
Intel 1.75%
Lenovo 1.56%
Samsung 1.56%
Medion 1.17%
American Megatrends 0.78%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.83%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.07%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.68%
ASUS All Series 2.30%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.30%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 1.92%

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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