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What is AmdK8?


AmdK8.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if AmdK8.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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AmdK8.sys file information

The process known as AMD Processor Driver or Processor Device Driver belongs to software AMD Processor Driver or AMD Athlon64 Processor Driver or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Advanced Micro Devices (www.amd.com) or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: AmdK8.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AmdK8.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 36,352 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 36,864 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/amdk8.sys.html 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. AmdK8.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify AmdK8.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as AmdK8.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the AmdK8.sys process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

Required by MB's supporting AMD Athlon Processors
  Richard P. Jones  
clock speed
   
is ein amd cpu treiber
  mef  
amdk8-sys on the abm processor driver disk is needed
   
Seems to provide the support for the AMD "Cool & Quiet" technology.
   
AMD Sempron™ Processor Driver for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Version (x86 and x64 exe)
  Norberto   (further information)
PROCESSOR!!!!!
   
Necessery
   
AMD Sempron 3000+
   
essential for Windows
  Ray  
acer aspire 3100
   
ghost windows
  patthanan2006  
Processor Driver Disk
   
Advanced Micro Devices Processor (05/27/2006 1.3.2.0)
   
when recovering the system with windows SP2
   
Good for games.
  Geosama1991  
if is definately related with Cool and Quite AMD processor technology, as it dissappers from C:/Windows/System32/Drivers folder after uninstalling ot this technology from my Asus motherboard using Asus genuine unistalation tool
  Gaty  
totally changed how my AMD 64 Mobile Athlon Amilo 1650 runs - now quiet and cool - previously overheated and died. amdk8 saved my computer.
  Richard  
An AMD driver supporting "PowerNow" and Cool 'n Quiet
    (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of AmdK8.sys: based on 31 votes with 19 user comments. 24 users think AmdK8.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks AmdK8.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it. 8 users don't grade AmdK8.sys ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving AmdK8 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AmdK8. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AmdK8.sys process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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