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4% remove it96% keep it
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Global Rank #6,808
United States Rank #5,251
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 175.26 days


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Sound Blaster X-Fi

What is Sound Blaster X-Fi?

Sound Blaster X-Fi is a lineup of sound cards in Creative's Sound Blaster series. The audio processor on X-Fi was the most powerful at its time of release, offering an extremely robust sample rate conversion (SRC) engine in addition to enhanced internal sound channel routing options and greater 3D audio enhancement capabilities. A significant portion of the audio processing unit was devoted to this resampling engine. The SRC engine was far more capable than previous Creative sound card offerings, a limitation that had been a major thorn in Creative's side. Most digital audio is sampled at 44.1 kHz, a standard no doubt related to CD-DA, while sound cards were often designed to process audio at 48 kHz. So, the 44.1 kHz audio must be resampled to 48 kHz (Creative's previous cards' DSPs operated at 48 kHz) for the audio DSP to be able to process and affect it. X-Fi MB is a software solution that enables basic X-Fi features on computers with integrated audio into an X-Fi device. It requires some degree of driver support from the audio hardware manufacturer. X-Fi MB is commonly bundled with motherboards and computer systems, and is comparable to an X-Fi XtremeAudio. Bundled with some Asus and ASRock motherboards, the X-Fi MB is sold as X-Fi Supreme FX and is actually a standard Analog Devices integrated HD audio codec paired with X-Fi MB. The X-Fi features are implemented entirely in the software. Other hardware vendors sell the X-Fi MB solution simply as Sound Blaster X-Fi Integrated Sound.


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 230 files and is usually about 204.57 MB (214,510,338 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{0
Estimated size: 204.57 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster X-Fi

  • APOIM32.exe - Creative Audio Processing Object Interface Module (Self installation)
  • APOIM64.exe
  • CTAPO32.dll - Creative Audio Processing Object Module
  • CTAPO64.dll
  • MFInfo.dll - Creative Media File Information Module (DLL to get media file information)
  • MFInfou.dll
  • RecEnumu.dll - Recording Device Enumeration Component
  • SpiRunE.dll - SPIRun Endpoints Dynamic Link Library
  • ACEffect.dll - Creative Audio Creation Mode console
  • ACMgr.dll
  • ACMixer.dll
  • ACRec.dll
  • ACSource.dll
  • ctcoinst.dll - Creative Technology Limited CtCoInst (CtCoInst)
  • CtDvIns.dll - Creative Technology Limited CtDvInst (CtDvInst)
  • ctdvinst.dll
  • CTPPLD.DLL - Creative Property Page Loader Module
  • ModeAC.dll
  • CTSUSDK.dll - Creative Software AutoUpdate Plugin (CTSUSDK)
  • CTXMLPsr.dll - Creative Technology Ltd XML Parser (Creative XML Parser Engine File)
  • CTXMLPsu.dll
  • CTAPR2.exe - Audio Playback Redirection Engine
  • CTMCPlugin.ocx - CTMCPlugin ActiveX Control Module
  • Effect01.dll - Creative WaveStudio Effect Plugin
  • effect02.dll
  • effect03.dll
  • inres.dll - Creative Technology Limited inRes (inRes)
  • inResBrz.dll
  • inResChs.dll
  • inResCht.dll
  • inResDut.dll
  • inResFrn.dll
  • inResGer.dll
  • inResIta.dll
  • inResJpn.dll
  • inResKor.dll
  • inResSpn.dll
  • OEMSPI.DLL - OemSpi Device Enumeration Module
  • CTSetPPg.dll - Creative Settings Property Page
  • CTDRMRes.dll - DLL do recurso Creative DRM UI
  • CTDVDInfo.dll - CTDVDInfo Dynamic Link Library (CTDVDInfo DLL)
  • ResDefE.exe - Command Router Restore Utility
  • CTMChWav.dll - CTMChWav Dynamic Link Library (CTMChWav DLL)
  • CTMCWavu.dll
  • CTMetaDu.dll - CTMETADB Dynamic Link Library (CTMETADB DLL)
  • CTxfiBtn.dll - CTXFIBTN Dynamic Link Library (CTXFIBTN DLL)
  • CtxfiSpk.dll - Ctxfispk Dynamic Link Library
  • DVDVideo.dll - Creative Entertainment Center (DVD Video DLL)
  • EA02.dll - Enviromental Audio plugin for MediaSource (USB Audio)
  • EA03.dll - Audigy 4 module for remote control
  • EAXLoadr.exe - Creative Entertainment Center EAX module loader
  • RCEALoad.dll
  • RCPlayer.dll - Entertainment Center Core Player Module
  • RCRec.dll
  • RCStart.dll - Creative Entertainment Center Core Module
  • RCTmScl.dll - Time Scale DLL
  • RCVisual.exe - Entertainment Center Visual Module
  • THXConsole.exe - THX Setup Console Application
  • VienaEg1.dll - VienaEg1 Dynamic Link Library (VienaEg1 DLL)
  • CTDBEngu.dll - CTDBEng Dynamic Link Library (CTDBEng DLL)
  • CTLogDBu.dll - CTLogDB Dynamic Link Library (CTLogDB)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • CTWave.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{405A1076-A51F-42DE-84E2-27C7D0A8AF92}' (runs on registration).
  • CTAudCS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F1EBCB0E-85FF-4ADB-ABAA-0FCE7721592B}' (runs on registration).
  • ConsoLCu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AA9A7B10-1D74-49DC-9669-56C829C5D470}' (runs on registration).
  • 3DMidi.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{33DA943D-4D0F-44AC-90C5-464E406BC04C}' (runs on registration).
  • sfbm.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D4B6AFAE-5683-465E-9847-DA8C2472F2A3}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VolPanlu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VolPanel_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
Startup File (User Run)
  • CTSMode.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CTSMode' and executes as C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi\AutoMode Switcher\CTSMode.exe /trayicon /nt.
4 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".
  • CTAPR2.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CTAPR2' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi\Console Launcher\CTAPR2.exe" /r.
  • VolPanel.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VolPanel' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi\Volume Panel\VolPanel.exe" /r.
  • CTDVDDET.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CTDVDDET' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi\DVDAudio\CTDVDDET.EXE".

How do I remove Sound Blaster X-Fi?

You can uninstall Sound Blaster X-Fi 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 X-Fi, 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 X-Fi.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.36%
Windows Vista 23.51%
Windows XP 14.90%
Windows 10 11.00%
Windows Server 2003 0.24%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.04%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 17.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.20%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.04%
Windows 7 Professional 11.36%
Windows Vista Ultimate 5.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.04% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.04%
  Germany 7.81%
  United Kingdom 6.73%
  Canada 3.06%
  France 2.58%
  Netherlands 2.40%
  Australia 1.92%
  Belgium 1.38%
  Japan 1.26%
  Italy 1.26%
  Sweden 1.20%
  DK 0.78%
  Poland 0.78%
  Austria 0.72%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 57.07%
Hewlett-Packard 15.30%
Acer 3.73%
Intel 3.47%
American Megatrends 3.47%
Alienware 2.96%
ASUS 1.80%
Common models
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 9.94%
Dell Dell XPS420 8.33%
Dell Dell DXP061 5.77%
Dell Studio XPS 9100 4.33%
Dell Inspiron 530 4.33%
Dell Dell XPS720 4.17%

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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