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Should I remove Synaptics TouchPad Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #560
United States Rank #394
Reach 1.2015%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.04 days
443.74 days >
Average installed length: 233.15 days


VersionDistribution 0.01% 0.04% 0.19% 0.01% 0.00% 0.02% 0.01% 0.09% 0.01% 0.28% 0.01% 0.01% 0.00% 0.33% 0.00% 0.04% 0.03% 0.00% 0.47% 7.68% 3.72% 0.03% 0.03% 0.03% 0.02% 0.00% 0.04% 0.10% 0.09% 0.00% 0.05% 0.09% 0.03% 0.12% 0.06% 0.01% 0.00% 0.10% 0.06% 0.00% 0.11% 0.16% 0.01% 0.06% 0.00% 0.03% 0.02% 0.00% 0.09% 0.32% 0.24%
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Synaptics TouchPad Driver

What is Synaptics TouchPad 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 TouchPad Driver is a software program developed by Synaptics. The most common release is, with over 17% 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. 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 primary executable is named instnt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 73.64 MB (77,214,272 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 62% of users of Synaptics TouchPad Driver come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom 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: 73.64 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Synaptics TouchPad 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
  • 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
  • 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

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • SynTPEnh.exe is scheduled as a task named 'synaptics' (runs on boot).
  • InstNT.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AF3C2156-422E-431E-A780-D79AD96119CC}' (runs on registration).
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).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • 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.
  • SynTPEnh.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements' and executes as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe.
2 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.
  • 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".
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 TouchPad Driver?

You can uninstall Synaptics TouchPad 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 TouchPad 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 TouchPad Driver.

Win 7 (SP1) 77%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.37%
Windows 10 21.50%
Windows XP 0.12%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 64.87%
Windows 10 Home 10.27%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.21%
Windows 7 Professional 3.37%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.26%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.16% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.16%
  United Kingdom 3.91%
  Italy 3.78%
  Canada 3.37%
  France 2.25%
  Germany 2.19%
  Australia 1.37%
  Netherlands 1.25%
  Spain 1.12%
  India 1.06%
  MA 0.87%
  Brazil 0.81%
  Sweden 0.79%
  Mexico 0.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 98.94%
Acer 0.52%
Dell 0.30%
ASUS 0.16%
Lenovo 0.07%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 25.01%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 21.41%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 13.68%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 9.01%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 8.87%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 7.92%

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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Johnnythegeekover a year ago
Its amazing that a touchpad driver now has grown to 166mb of space. Probably because of multi gestures which are basically useless on smaller touchpads. But they add them anyway and turn them on by default because of Windows 8. Which again is a worthless endeavor in trying to make touch work with non touch screen PC's.