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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,229
United States Rank #6,321
Reach 0.0585%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.81 days
214.51 days >
Average installed length: 112.71 days


1.01.14 0.17%
1.01.11 0.09%
1.01.10 7.63%
1.01.08 4.16%
1.01.06 0.09%
1.01.05 1.21%
1.01.03 10.67%
1.01.01 1.73%
1.01.00 0.17%
1.00.30 0.17%
1.00.28 21.42%
1.00.24 10.67%
1.00.22 23.85%
1.00.21 5.90%
1.00.16 3.30%
1.00.11 1.21%
1.00.10 1.30%
1.00.09 0.35%
1.00.06 1.13%
1.00.05 4.77%

Other programs by Creative Technology Ltd

Sound Blaster Z-Series

What is Sound Blaster Z-Series?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

The multi-core Sound Core3D audio processor is designed to offload SBX Pro Studio™ and CrystalVoice™ effects processing from your primary CPU, improving your overall PC performance, resulting in drastically superior audio and voice quality. The CrystalVoice suite of technologies ensures you'll experience crystal clear...  Read more


Sound Blaster Z-Series is a software program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most common release is 1.00.22, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named SBZ_CD_L13_1_00_24.exe. The setup package generally installs about 79 files and is usually about 32.99 MB (34,588,932 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 54% of users of Sound Blaster Z-Series come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster Z-Series\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{0F706F20-3F59-42AC-AFAF-8D489D48E0A8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 32.99 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster Z-Series

Program executable:SBZ_CD_L13_1_00_24.exe
Path:C:\Creative SoundBlater Zx-R\SBZ_CD_L13_1_00_24.exe
Additional files:
  • CTHRFX32.dll - Creative Audio Processing Object Module
  • CTHRFX64.dll
  • HWAboutU.DLL - Creative Dialog Skin Engine About Box
  • ctDco32.dll - Creative Technology Limited CtDvInst (CtDvInst)
  • ctDco64.dll
  • CTSUSDKu.dll - Creative Software AutoUpdate Plugin (CTSUSDK)
  • CTMFPlay.dll - Creative Media Playback Engine
  • CTGetPdt.dll - CTGetPdt Dynamic Link Library
  • CTLoadRs.dll - CTLoadRs Dynamic Link Library
  • CTMFSess.dll - CTMFSess Dynamic Link Library
  • CTSUAppu.exe - Creative Software AutoUpdate (Creative Software AutoUpdate Manager)
  • HookWndU.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • SBSpkCal.exe - Sound Blaster Speaker Setup
  • SBTRed.dll - Sound Blaster Control Panel
  • SBZ.exe
  • CtEpDef32.exe - Creative Default Endpoint
  • CTHMLX32.dll - Creative APO Shell Module
  • CTHMLX64.dll
  • CTAudEp.dll - Audio Endpoint Selection
  • setup.exe - Creative Technology Ltd (Driver Setup Tool)
  • CtHdaC64.DLL - Creative Audio Product (Creative Audio Control Interface)
  • CtHdaCtl.DLL
  • CtHdAs64.DLL - Creative SBZ Series ASIO Interface
  • CtHdaS64.EXE - Creative High Definition Audio Service
  • CtHdAsio.DLL
  • CtHdaSvc.EXE
  • CTSUUtil.dll - Creative Utility (Creative Software Update Utility)
  • MalLgcy.dll - Malcolm Legacy
  • CtHSvc64.EXE - Sound Blaster (Sound Blaster Audio Service)
  • HKDetect.dll
  • AddCat.exe - AddCat (Installation of Catalog File)
  • AddMCat.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CTSUAppu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9EB8847-EBD3-4A90-8E71-B00AE245BF77}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SBZ.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Sound Blaster Z-Series Control Panel' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster Z-Series\Sound Blaster Z-Series Control Panel\SBZ.exe" /r.

How do I remove Sound Blaster Z-Series?

You can uninstall Sound Blaster Z-Series 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 Z-Series, 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 Z-Series.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 61.75%
Windows 7 38.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Pro 23.18%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.28%
Windows 8.1 Pro 12.85%
Windows 10 Home 10.59%
Windows 7 Professional 9.98%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.72%
  Germany 10.06%
  United Kingdom 8.36%
  France 3.40%
  Italy 3.19%
  Canada 2.27%
  Netherlands 1.70%
  Australia 1.56%
  Japan 1.49%
  Sweden 1.42%
  Austria 1.13%
  Belgium 0.92%
  Switzerland 0.92%
  Spain 0.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 19.71%
ASUS 19.23%
Hewlett-Packard 16.35%
Acer 12.02%
Alienware 3.85%
Intel 2.40%
Medion 2.40%
MSI 1.44%
Samsung 0.96%
American Megatrends 0.96%
Common models
ASUS All Series 40.17%
MSI MS-7751 5.02%
MSI MS-7821 3.93%
MSI MS-7845 2.84%
MSI MS-7885 2.84%
MSI MS-7917 1.97%

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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