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Sound Blaster Play!


Sound Blaster Play! is a program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most used version is 1.1, 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. 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 installer includes 49 files and is usually about 12.27 MB (12,868,951 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 20% of users of Sound Blaster Play! come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Japan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster Play
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{6
Estimated size: 12.27 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster Play!

  • APOIM32.exe - Creative Audio Processing Object Interface Module (Self installation)
  • APOIM64.exe
  • OAAPO32.dll - Creative Audio Processing Object Module
  • OAAPO64.dll
  • OAInst.dll - Creative Technology Limited CtDvInst (CtDvInst)
  • OAppld32.dll - Creative Property Page Loader Module
  • OAppld64.dll
  • CTSetPPg.dll - Creative Settings Property Page
  • ResDefE.exe - Command Router Restore Utility
  • CTMChWav.dll - CTMChWav Dynamic Link Library (CTMChWav DLL)
  • CTMCWavu.dll
  • BaseUI.dll - Creative Graphics Equalizer
  • HookWndU.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • CTAudEp.dll - Audio Endpoint Selection
  • CTSysVol.exe - Creative Volume Control
  • OAsetup.exe - Creative Technology Ltd (Driver Setup Tool)
  • SurMixer.exe - Creative Surround Mixer
  • WndTrnsU.dll - WindowTransition Module (WindowTransition DLL)
  • CBDef.exe - Creative Audio Product (Creative Default Settings Restorer)
  • CTAudCS.dll - Creative Audio Console
  • CTAudCS.exe - Creative Audio Console Launcher
  • CTAudCSV.dll
  • MxLibu.dll - Creative Mixer Library
  • Setup.exe - Creative Device Driver Setup Program
  • AsioDev.dll - Creative ASIO Devices
  • AudCtr.exe - Creative Audio Center
  • CtrlSrcu.dll - Creative Theme Engine (Creative Theme Engine RTX Base Control DLL)
  • CTThemeu.dll - Creative Theme Engine DLL
  • PopUpMu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Popup Menu plug-in
  • ThmResu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Theme Resources DLL
  • VolPanlu.exe - Creative Volume Panel
  • WizCPLu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Wizard Control Panel Framework DLL
  • CTPPage.dll - Audio Property Page (Sound Blaster Properties)
  • CTAbout.dll - Creative About Box
  • CTAboutu.dll
  • CTEQ.exe - Graphic Equalizer (Graphic Equalizer EXE)
  • CTAudMon.dll - Audio Monitoring
  • CTAudSeu.dll - CTAudSel library
  • OALInst.exe - OpenAL Installer
  • Ahqrun.exe - AudioHQ (AudioHQ Plugins Launcher)
  • CTFXRES.DLL - AudioHQ CTFXU Plugins Resource DLL
  • AddCat.exe - AddCat (Installation of Catalog File)
  • CTIniFu.dll - CTIniF
  • CTNet.exe - CTNet
  • EAXSet.exe - EAX Settings

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CTAudCS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DDB324E0-98B0-4E08-8EAE-E2E0ACBB03EF}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VolPanlu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VolPanel_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • VolPanlu.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VolPanlu.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro\Volume Panel\VolPanlu.exe".
  • CTSysVol.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CTSysVol' which loads as C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster Play\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe /r.

How do I remove Sound Blaster Play!?

You can uninstall Sound Blaster Play! 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 Sound Blaster Play!, 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 Sound Blaster Play!.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.67%
Windows 10 41.33%
Windows XP 2.67%
Windows Vista 1.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.68%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.57%
Windows 7 Professional 9.46%
Windows 10 Pro 8.11%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.76%
Windows 8.1 6.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 19.51%
  Germany 17.07%
  Japan 7.32%
  Australia 6.10%
  Canada 6.10%
  Netherlands 4.88%
  Russia 3.66%
  Greece 3.66%
  Austria 3.66%
  Singapore 2.44%
  New Zealand 2.44%
  Indonesia 2.44%
  Spain 2.44%
  Israel 2.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 25.58%
Dell 18.60%
Hewlett-Packard 18.60%
Lenovo 11.63%
ASUS 6.98%
American Megatrends 6.98%
Intel 2.33%
Common models
ASUS All Series 6.56%
Gigabyte H61M-D2-B3 3.28%
Dell Inspiron 5520 3.28%
UNITCOM Z87-S01 1.64%
Toshiba NB305 1.64%
TOSHIBA Satellite P50-A 1.64%

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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