What does the RtDCpl.exe file do?
The RtDCpl.exe process is also known as HD Audio Control Panel or, as the case may be, Realtek (Version AC97 Audio Control Panel) and is a part of Realtek High Definition Audio Driver. This software is produced by Realtek Semiconductor (www.realtek.com.tw). An obsolete or defective version of RtDCpl.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- HD Audio Control Panel has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HD Audio Control Panel has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- RtDCpl.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module RtDCpl.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about RtDCpl.exe HD Audio Control Panel
RtDCpl.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. RtDCpl.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 2,691,072 bytes.
To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. It also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. RtDCpl.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 41% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A RtDCpl.exe file has a 76% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 12,298,240 bytes. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. RtDCpl.exe also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. This RtDCpl program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. RtDCpl.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves RtDCpl.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about RtDCpl?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
To remove HD Audio Control Panel from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Realtek High Definition Audio Driver in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if RtDCpl.exe (HD Audio Control Panel) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of HD Audio Control Panel. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HD Audio Control Panel or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or RtDCpl.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.