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8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16
United States Rank #18
Reach 20.1628%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 168.87 days
1162.23 days >
Average installed length: 610.66 days


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Synaptics Pointing Device Driver

What is Synaptics Pointing Device Driver?  (from Synaptics)

The Synaptics device driver is customized to meet the specific requirements of your device manufacturer. To ensure that you get the appropriate device driver for your system, download your Synaptics device driver from your system manufacturer's support website. Installing a generic driver may result in the loss of OEM-...  Read more


Synaptics Pointing Device Driver is a program developed by Synaptics. The most used version is, with over 6% 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. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is instnt.exe. The software installer includes 38 files and is usually about 29.05 MB (30,461,066 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 50% of users of Synaptics Pointing Device Driver come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.synaptics.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP
Uninstaller: rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynISDLL.dll",standAloneUninstall
Estimated size: 29.05 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Synaptics Pointing Device Driver

Program executable:instnt.exe
Name:Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
TouchPad Driver Installation Application
Path:C:\Program Files\synaptics\syntp\instnt.exe
Additional files:
  • SynapticsReflash.exe - Synaptics TouchPad Reflash Application (TouchPad Reflash)
  • SynReflash.exe
  • SynLenovoGestureMgr.exe - SynGestureAPISampleApp Application (Lenovo GestureAPI tools)
  • SynAsusAcpi.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Driver (Asus Custom Acpi Monitor Application)
  • SynISDLL.dll - Install Resource Strings
  • SynMagnifier.exe - SynMagnifier
  • SynMood.exe - MoodPad
  • SynToshiba.exe - Toshiba Custom PlugIn Application
  • SynTPCOM.dll - Synaptics TouchPad Interfaces
  • SynTPCpl.dll - TouchPad Control Panel Extensions
  • SynTPEnh.exe - Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements
  • SynTPEnhPS.dll - Synaptics Proxy Server
  • SynTPEnhService.exe - 64-bit Synaptics Pointing Enhance Service
  • SynTPHelper.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Helper
  • SynTPRes.dll - TouchPad Resource Library
  • SynZMetr.exe - Synaptics Pressure Graph
  • Tutorial.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Tutorial
  • Smb_driver_AMDASF.sys - Synaptics SMBus Driver
  • Smb_driver_Intel.sys
  • SynSysDetect.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • SynTPEnh.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4FABED65-3617-48A0-B4FC-4248CCCFB2F6}' (runs on registration).
  • SynToshiba.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E22600CA-6E7D-4A7C-ABFC-99CC6FD7847A}' (runs on registration).
  • InstNT.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FEB45826-55FA-45AB-BE2E-BBA445B70F77}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SynTPEnh.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SynTPEnh.
  • SynTPEnhService.exe runs as a service named 'SynTPEnhService' (SynTPEnhService).
3 Startup Files (User Run)
  • SynToshiba.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Synaptic Toshiba' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynToshiba.exe".
  • SynTPEnh.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SynTPEnh' and executes as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe.
  • SynTPHelper.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Synaptics Pointing Device Helper' and executes as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPHelper.exe.
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SynTPEnh.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPEnh' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe.
  • SynLenovoGestureMgr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynLenovoGestureMgr' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynLenovoGestureMgr.exe.
  • SynTPHelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPHelper' which loads as "C:\PROGRAM FILES\SYNAPTICS\SYNTP\SYNTPHELPER.EXE".
  • SynAsusAcpi.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynAsusAcpi' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynAsusAcpi.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SynTPEnh.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.24 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0018415972%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00121212%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00062947%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,031,171
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:7 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:24 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.43 MB
Total CPU:0.0000622907%
Kernel CPU:0.00005616%
User CPU:0.00000613%
CPU cycles/sec:7,839
I/O reads/min:3 Bytes

How do I remove Synaptics Pointing Device Driver?

You can uninstall Synaptics Pointing Device 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 Synaptics Pointing Device 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 Synaptics Pointing Device Driver.

Win 10 51%
Win 8.1 0%
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 51.44%
Windows 7 46.82%
Windows Vista 1.32%
Windows XP 0.43%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.86%
Windows 8.1 17.13%
Windows 10 Home 14.24%
Windows 7 Professional 6.51%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.54%
Windows 8 5.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.08% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.08%
  United Kingdom 5.37%
  Germany 5.18%
  Italy 4.50%
  France 3.49%
  Canada 2.91%
  Brazil 1.86%
  Australia 1.81%
  Netherlands 1.60%
  Spain 1.33%
  India 1.25%
  Sweden 1.00%
  Belgium 0.91%
  Mexico 0.82%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 44.07%
Toshiba 18.67%
Acer 12.73%
Lenovo 11.14%
Samsung 3.54%
Dell 3.34%
ASUS 3.33%
Medion 1.73%
Alienware 0.78%
MSI 0.68%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.35%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.80%
HP 15 Notebook PC 5.50%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.51%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.34%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.57%

About Synaptics

Synaptics develops human interface solutions for many OEMs whcih are pre-installed and included with PCs and laptops for companies such as Apple, Asus, Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP, Sony, Toshiba and numerous others.
Publisher URL: www.synaptics.com

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acclivityover a year ago
The touch-click on touchpad kept getting re-enabled on my Dell XPS. I wanted to disable clicking on the touchpad itself but the 'settings' button under mouse device settings tab, was greyed out (as were also the enable and disable buttons). When I stopped the syntphelper.exe process, the 'settings' button immediately became usable and I was able to disable click-on-touchpad.