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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16,985
United States Rank #13,223
Reach 0.0148%


VersionDistribution 0.34% 0.34% 0.34% 97.95% 0.34% 0.34% 0.34%

Other programs by Conexant Systems, Inc

Dell Audio

What is Dell Audio?

Dell Audio is the software driver and configuration utility that works with the Conexant audio driver.


Dell Audio is a program developed by Conexant Systems, Inc. The most used version is, with over 98% 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. The software installer includes 23 files and is usually about 46.1 MB (48,343,466 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 58% of users of Dell Audio come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.conexant.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Conexant\SA3
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Conexant\SA3\SETUP64.EXE -U -ISA3 -SM=SmartAudio3.EXE,1801
Estimated size: 46.1 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Dell Audio

  • setup64.exe - Conexant Universal Device Install/Uninstall x64 Application
  • SACpl.exe - SmartAudio Control Panel application
  • MaxxAudioWrapper.dll - MaxxAudio API wrapper
  • CxHDAudioAPI.dll - Conexant HDAudioAPI
  • CxUtilSvc.exe - Utility Service
  • SmartAudio.CnxtRender.dll - SmartAudio3 (SmartAudio.CnxtRender [64-Bit])
  • SmartAudio.Core.dll - SmartAudio.Core [64-Bit]
  • SmartAudio.Creative.dll - SmartAudio.Creative [64-Bit]
  • SmartAudio.Dell.dll - SmartAudio.Dell [64-Bit]
  • SmartAudio.Localization.dll - SmartAudio.Localization [64-Bit]
  • SmartAudio.SRS.dll - SmartAudio.SRS [32-Bit]
  • SmartAudio.Waves.dll - SmartAudio.Waves [64-Bit]
  • SmartAudio3.exe - SmartAudio3 [64-Bit]
  • SmartAudio3.Net40.dll - SmartAudio.Net4.0 [64-Bit]
  • Interop.CxHDAudioAPILib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'CxHDAudioAPILib'.
  • Interop.CxUtilSvcLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'CxUtilSvcLib'.

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SAcpl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 2.
  • CxUtilSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Conexant Utility Service' (CxUtilSvc) "Conexant utility service for audio applications".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SACpl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SmartAudio' which loads as C:\Program Files\CONEXANT\SA3\SACpl.exe /sa3 /dne /s.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.25 MB
21.09 MB average
User CPU:0.00000096%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:74
8,062,084 average
Memory:111.62 MB
Total CPU:0.0000322887%
Kernel CPU:0.00002522%
User CPU:0.00000707%

How do I remove Dell Audio?

You can uninstall Dell Audio 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 Dell Audio, 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 Dell Audio.

Win 7 (SP1) 88%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 88.36%
Windows 10 11.30%
Windows XP 0.34%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 75.95%
Windows 7 Professional 8.59%
Windows 10 Home 6.87%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.41%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.72%
Windows 10 Pro 1.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.38%
  Brazil 7.33%
  United Kingdom 6.81%
  Canada 3.40%
  Australia 2.88%
  Germany 1.57%
  Netherlands 1.31%
  Ireland 1.31%
  Saudi Arabia 1.31%
  India 1.05%
  Mexico 1.05%
  Egypt 1.05%
  Chile 0.79%
  South Africa 0.79%

About Conexant Systems, Inc

Conexant is a semiconductor manufacturer and as many of semiconductor companies develops solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications.
Publisher URL: www.conexant.com

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Kennover a year ago
If I remove Dell audio from my Dell laptop, what replaces it? Will I no longer have audio on my laptop?