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What is ctaudsvc.exe?

Part of Creative Audio Service by Creative Technology Ltd

What is it?

Creative Audio Service is part of the driver providing Windows support for Creative Sound Blaster Audio. It installs Creative Audio Console to control the user's audio device's settings.
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How does ctaudsvc.exe run?

Service - ctaudsvc.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'CTAudSvcService' (Creative Audio Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Creative Audio Service runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the ctaudsvc.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of ctaudsvc.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is ctaudsvc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
          0.00000117% CPU11.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.61 MB RAM7.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\creative\shared files\ctaudsvc.exe

Are there other versions of Creative Audio Service?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

About Creative Technology Ltd

Creative Technology Ltd. consist of the design, manufacture and distribution of digitized sound and video boards, computers and related multimedia, and persona More...
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File details

File name: ctaudsvc.exe
Name: Creative Audio Service
Description: Creative Audio Service
Product version:
Size: 300 KB
Original file name: CTAudSvc.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000162947%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000151268%
User CPU: 0.00000116788323%
Privileged CPU time: 26.03 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 83,150,282
CPU cycle count /min: 25,682
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 44.45 MB
Peak committed memory: 46.46 MB
Paged memory: 1.61 MB
Peak paged memory: 1.69 MB
Paged system memory: 68.07 KB
Non-paged system memory: 5.16 KB
Working set memory: 1.31 MB
Peak working set memory: 4.08 MB
Min working set memory: 1.3 MB
Private memory: 1.61 MB
Page faults: 3,285
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 27
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 264 Bytes
Read transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total write operations: 3
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 144 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 257
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 1.46 KB
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Handle count average: 90
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\CTAudSvc.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\CTAudSvc.exe"

Service details

Name: Creative Audio Service
Service name: CTAudSvcService
Service type: Win32OwnProcess

Image hashes

MD5: 69cdba2b9c397e349a04fa70dd9170a2
SHA-1: 1351edc5442c46ccb7ac8d9f5a2008db4f8e4b81
SHA-256: 7879e58cb221063ef17a8a7677e81b47bfd600c3fc3353378690e4a2131327ed

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
File packed: No
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