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Should I remove OpenAL?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #79
United States Rank #123
Reach 4.8313%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.60 days
460.27 days >
Average installed length: 241.84 days


What is OpenAL?

OpenAL (Open Audio Library) is a cross-platform audio application programming interface (API). It is designed for efficient rendering of multichannel three dimensional positional audio. Its API style and conventions deliberately resemble those of OpenGL. The general functionality of OpenAL is encoded in source objects, audio buffers and a single listener. A source object contains a pointer to a buffer, the velocity, position and direction of the sound, and the intensity of the sound. The listener object contains the velocity, position and direction of the listener, and the general gain applied to all sound. Buffers contain audio data in PCM format, either 8- or 16-bit, in either monaural or stereo format. The rendering engine performs all necessary calculations as far as distance attenuation, Doppler effect, etc.

About  (from Creative Technology)

OpenAL is a cross-platform 3D audio API appropriate for use with gaming applications and many other types of audio applications. The library models a collection of audio sources moving in a 3D space that are heard by a single listener somewhere in that space. The basic OpenAL objects are a Listener, a Source, and a Buf...  Read more

Program detailsProgram details

URL: connect.creativelabs.com/openal/default.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\openal
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\OpenAL\oalinst.exe" /U
Estimated size: 790.52 KB

Program filesFiles installed by OpenAL

Program executable:openalweax.exe
Name:OpenAL Installer
Path:C:\Program Files\openal\openalweax.exe
Additional files:
  • 11MyEgy.oalinst.exe - OpenAL Installer
  • al.exe
  • Fix_s.exe
  • Installer.exe
  • MyEgy.oalinst.exe
  • oalinst.exe
  • OalinstGridRelease.exe
  • open al install.exe
  • OpenAL
  • OpenAL v2.0.9.exe
  • openal.exe
  • Setup.exe
  • Setup-X32-X64.exe
  • wrap_oal.dll - Creative Labs OpenAL32 (OpenAL32)

How do I remove OpenAL?

You can uninstall OpenAL 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 OpenAL, 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 OpenAL.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.45%
Windows 10 34.20%
Windows XP 3.73%
Windows Vista 3.60%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.72%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.87%
Windows 7 Professional 9.27%
Windows 10 Home 8.75%
Windows 8.1 7.16%
Windows 10 Pro 5.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.05% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.05%
  Germany 8.40%
  United Kingdom 5.06%
  France 4.47%
  Canada 3.00%
  Italy 2.75%
  Iran 1.91%
  Australia 1.82%
  Russia 1.73%
  Netherlands 1.71%
  Brazil 1.54%
  Poland 1.43%
  Spain 1.41%
  Sweden 1.40%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.48%
Acer 17.03%
Dell 16.73%
ASUS 15.28%
Lenovo 4.84%
Toshiba 3.87%
Samsung 3.03%
Intel 2.05%
Alienware 1.74%
MSI 1.67%
American Megatrends 0.83%
Common models
ASUS All Series 11.83%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.71%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.47%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.56%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.01%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 1.73%

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DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDover a year ago
Yes, keep it.