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Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver

What is Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver?

The Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver is the software driver for the Realtek Ethernet cards. It is a program used to communicate from the Windows PC OS to the device. This software is required in most cases for the hardware device to function properly. In most cases, drivers come with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates as well as downloaded from the Realtek support website.


The primary executable is named RTINSTALLER64.EXE. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 1.19 MB (1,252,118 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Realtek\NICDRV_8169
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{8833FFB6-5B0C-4764-81AA-06DFEED9A476}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -removeonly
Estimated size: 1.19 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver

Program executable:RTINSTALLER64.EXE
Name:RTInstaller Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Realtek\NICDRV_8169\RTINSTALLER64.EXE
Additional files:
  • RTINSTALLER32.EXE - RTInstaller Application
  • RTNUninst32.dll - RTNUninst
  • RTNUninst64.dll
  • LANSETV.EXE - LanSetV Application
  • RtNicprop32.DLL - About Page
  • RtNicprop64.DLL

How do I remove Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver?

You can uninstall Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver 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 Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver, 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 Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver.

Win 7 (SP1) 82%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 92.32%
Windows 10 7.25%
Windows Vista 0.30%
Windows XP 0.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 64.65%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.74%
Windows 7 Professional 8.33%
Windows 10 Home 5.33%
Windows 7 Starter 2.47%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.97%
  Germany 4.26%
  United Kingdom 3.91%
  Italy 2.54%
  France 2.47%
  Brazil 1.64%
  Iran 1.32%
  Australia 1.28%
  Netherlands 1.22%
  Canada 0.99%
  Spain 0.97%
  Taiwan 0.80%
  Sweden 0.71%
  Czech Republic 0.64%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 52.44%
ASUS 12.59%
Hewlett-Packard 11.06%
Samsung 8.68%
Dell 3.43%
Acer 1.87%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A505 19.05%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505 12.03%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505D 12.00%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.60%
Samsung R519/R719 5.30%
ASUSTeK K50ID 4.28%

About Realtek Semiconductor

Realtek manufactures a wide variety of products that can be broadly categorized into two subdivisions: Communications Network ICs, and Computer Peripheral and Multimedia ICs.
Publisher URL: www.realtek.com


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