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United States Rank #3,711
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 134.39 days


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Sound Blaster X-Fi MB

What is Sound Blaster X-Fi MB?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

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Sound Blaster X-Fi MB is a program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. 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 main program executable is CTAudCS.exe. The software installer includes 72 files and is usually about 1.7 MB (1,781,954 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 51% of users of Sound Blaster X-Fi MB come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\SB X-Fi MB
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{7
Estimated size: 1.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster X-Fi MB

Program executable:CTAudCS.exe
Name:Creative Audio Console
Creative Audio Console Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\Creative\SB X-Fi MB\AudioCS\CTAudCS.exe
Additional files:
  • APOIM32.exe - Creative Audio Processing Object Interface Module (Self installation)
  • APOIM64.exe
  • MFInfo.dll - Creative Media File Information Module (DLL to get media file information)
  • MFInfou.dll
  • ACEffect.dll - Creative Audio Creation Mode console
  • ACMgr.dll
  • ACMixer.dll
  • ACRec.dll
  • ACSource.dll
  • ModeAC.dll
  • CTXMLPsu.dll - Creative Technology Ltd XML Parser (Creative XML Parser Engine File)
  • CTAPR2.exe - Audio Playback Redirection Engine
  • CTMCPlugIn.ocx - CTMCPlugin ActiveX Control Module
  • inRes.dll - Creative Technology Limited inRes (inRes)
  • AMBSPI.dll - AMBSPI Device Enumeration Module
  • CTSetPPg.dll - Creative Settings Property Page
  • CTDRMRes.dll - DLL do recurso Creative DRM UI
  • CTMCWavu.dll - CTMChWav Dynamic Link Library (CTMChWav DLL)
  • CTDBEngu.dll - CTDBEng Dynamic Link Library (CTDBEng DLL)
  • FmtQuryu.dll - Creative Format Query Module
  • HookWnd.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • HookWndU.dll
  • CTAudEp.dll - Audio Endpoint Selection
  • NmdPlayu.dll - Nomad Playback Component
  • AMBDef.exe - SPI Restore Application
  • CTHlpr.dll - Creative Software Sales (Creative State Helper)
  • CTKarDvu.dll - Creative Karaoke Player (Creative Karaoke Player Device DLL)
  • CTZapLdr.exe - CTZapxx Installer Loader
  • EffcMgru.dll - Creative Effect Manager
  • WndTrnsU.dll - WindowTransition Module (WindowTransition DLL)
  • CodcMgru.dll - Creative Codec Manager
  • CrBufEnu.dll - Circular Buffer Engine
  • CTAudCS.dll - Creative Audio Console
  • CTAudCS.exe - Creative Audio Console Launcher
  • CTAudCSV.dll
  • ctzapxx.exe - Creative Audio Product (Creative Device Driver Installation Program)
  • instwdm.dll - Creative Device Driver Installer (WDM)
  • MxLibu.dll - Creative Mixer Library
  • AsioDev.dll - Creative ASIO Devices
  • CTAudCln.dll - Creative AudioCleanup (Creative Audio Cleanup)
  • CtrlSrcu.dll - Creative Theme Engine (Creative Theme Engine RTX Base Control DLL)
  • CTThemeu.dll - Creative Theme Engine DLL
  • CTXMBSvc.dll - Sound Blaster X-Fi MB (System Level Service Installer)
  • 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
  • CTPlyQ2U.dll - Creative MediaSource (Playback Queue Module)
  • ACAux.dll - Audio Creation Mode
  • CTPPage.dll - Audio Property Page (Sound Blaster Properties)
  • CTWave.exe - Creative WaveStudio
  • Ws32res.dll
  • CTAbout.dll - Creative About Box
  • CTAboutu.dll
  • CTAudMon.dll - Audio Monitoring
  • CTAudSeu.dll - CTAudSel library
  • oalinst.exe - OpenAL Installer
  • CTDRMUIu.dll - Creative DRM UI
  • CTSPB.dll - Creative Module
  • CTVisAud.dll - Creative Engine (Creative Vista Audio Engine)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • CTAudCS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C5EA8246-12A6-4D73-8A8D-4B73E3B6FB22}' (runs on registration).
  • ConsoLCu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AA9A7B10-1D74-49DC-9669-56C829C5D470}' (runs on registration).
  • VolPanlu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E33BEA0E-AAB4-4E6E-B3AE-A566DD5DA499}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VolPanlu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 2.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • CTAPR2.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CTAPR2' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\USB Sound Blaster HD\Console Launcher 3\Entertainment Console\CTAPR2.exe" /r.
  • VolPanlu.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\VolPanlu.exe" /r.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.87 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0053396202%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00265355%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00268607%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Sound Blaster X-Fi MB?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 77%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 83.76%
Windows 10 8.68%
Windows XP 4.00%
Windows Vista 3.53%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.06%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.49%
Windows 7 Professional 14.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.02%
Windows 10 Home 3.66%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.39% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.39%
  Germany 7.11%
  Australia 4.11%
  United Kingdom 3.82%
  Canada 2.88%
  Italy 2.48%
  France 2.07%
  India 1.22%
  Taiwan 1.16%
  Spain 1.07%
  Argentina 0.97%
  Poland 0.97%
  Brazil 0.94%
  Romania 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 79.10%
Acer 9.72%
Alienware 5.21%
ASUS 3.52%
Hewlett-Packard 2.45%
Common models
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 14.63%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 13.83%
Dell Studio 1558 8.28%
Dell Studio 1749 7.22%
Dell Inspiron 1545 6.26%
Dell Studio XPS 1645 6.26%

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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