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8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,277
United States Rank #10,934
Reach 0.0483%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.82 days
643.79 days >
Average installed length: 338.26 days


VersionDistribution 0.11% 2.21% 0.11% 0.11% 1.05% 0.11% 3.89% 0.11% 0.42% 0.74% 0.74% 0.95% 0.32% 0.32% 0.21% 0.11% 0.21% 0.63% 1.05% 0.11% 0.42% 0.74% 2.84% 1.58% 0.11% 0.21% 0.21% 0.95% 0.74% 0.74% 3.68% 9.35% 0.53% 3.68% 7.35% 0.21% 4.31% 17.02% 4.20% 6.72% 0.11% 0.74% 0.11% 1.37% 0.21% 0.53% 0.21% 0.21% 0.11% 0.74% 2.10%
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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 software program developed by Synaptics. The most common release is, 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. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named instnt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 25.11 MB (26,329,609 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows XP. While about 30% of users of Synaptics Pointing Device Driver come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Italy.

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: 25.11 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:
  • SynReflash.exe - Synaptics TouchPad Reflash Application (TouchPad Reflash)
  • SynISDLL.dll - Synaptics Pointing Device Driver (Install Resource Strings)
  • SynMood.exe - MoodPad
  • SynTPCOM.dll - Synaptics TouchPad Interfaces
  • SynTPCpl.dll - TouchPad Control Panel Extensions
  • SynTPEnh.exe - Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements
  • SynTPEnhService.exe - 64-bit Synaptics Pointing Enhance Service
  • SynTPHelper.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Helper
  • SynTPLpr.exe - TouchPad Driver Helper Application
  • SynTPRes.dll - TouchPad Resource Library
  • SynZMetr.exe - Synaptics Pressure Graph
  • Tutorial.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Tutorial
  • SynLenovoHelper.exe - SynLenovoHelper Application (SynLenovo Helper tool)
  • Smb_driver_AMDASF.sys - Synaptics SMBus Driver
  • Smb_driver_Intel.sys

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SynTPEnh.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements.
  • SynTPEnhService.exe runs as a service named 'SynTPEnh Caller Service' (SynTPEnhService).
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SynLenovoHelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynLenovoHelper' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynLenovoHelper.exe.
  • 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.
  • SynTPLpr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPLpr' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.96 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0046108888%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00281117%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00179972%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:1.25 MB
Total CPU:0.0001655739%
Kernel CPU:0.00011158%
User CPU:0.00005399%

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 XP 87%
Win Vista (SP2) 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 XP 94.12%
Windows 7 4.51%
Windows 10 0.94%
Windows Vista 0.42%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 94.80%
Windows 7 Home Premium 2.38%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.08%
Windows 7 Professional 0.54%
Windows 8.1 Pro 0.43%
Windows 10 Pro 0.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.68% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 29.68%
  Germany 14.69%
  Italy 9.16%
  France 5.63%
  United Kingdom 4.87%
  Spain 2.86%
  Canada 2.77%
  Sweden 2.10%
  Netherlands 1.62%
  Portugal 1.53%
  Poland 1.53%
  Belgium 1.43%
  Finland 1.34%
  Australia 1.24%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sahara 50.26%
American Megatrends 18.82%
Hewlett-Packard 16.71%
Dell 5.53%
Toshiba 5.26%
Acer 1.97%
Gateway 0.53%
Lenovo 0.39%
Samsung 0.26%
Sony 0.26%
Common models
Acer Aspire 3000 4.96%
Acer Aspire 1360 2.73%
Acer Aspire 5670 2.48%
Acer Aspire 1640 2.48%
TOSHIBA Satellite L20 ... 2.23%
Acer Aspire 1690 2.23%

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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