What is cmicnfg.cpl?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the cmicnfg.cpl on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Cmicnfg.cpl file information

The process known as CmiCnfg DLL belongs to software CmiCnfg Dynamic Link Library by C-Media (

Description: Cmicnfg.cpl is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The cmicnfg.cpl file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,834,432 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 2,596,864 bytes and 20 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Cmicnfg.cpl is not a Windows core file. It is a Microsoft signed file. Cmicnfg.cpl is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cmicnfg.cpl, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cmicnfg.cpl 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.


User Comments

C-Media Soundkartentool
c-media sound card control panel
C-Media sound drivers
C-Media Config Tool
It is a C-MEDIA FILE- to disable the item-mscfg-startup-untick cmicnfg.dll-restart computer- tick box -press o.k - my sound and other computer programs are not affected by disabling the dll
  JIMBUP5- jrhooley  
its a driver file that i need download
  alex caulfield  
seemed to mess up my sound card
i need it
  Hamad Al Marri  
process from windows used by "strat windows audio". it is apear "eror acces is denied"
Part of C-Media driver - MS update installed in incorrectly! Messed up XP - BSOD!
Trust audio cards will not work with Windows Media Player without it! Also, Media Player will freeze in mpegs etc.
This is part of your soundcard app
This file comes with the CMI AC '97 sound codec and is not dangerous in any way.
C-Media audio configuration
  Sebas el inform├ítico  
Every star my pc. show "file cmicnfg.cpl " not found
It shows up "missing" when I start the computer
C-Media sound drivers
related to chipset audio but causes problem with SP2 upgrade
  Khaled Farah   (further information)
It was installed from a Microsoft Windows Update for C-Media. When installed, on-board sound was disabled.
It stopped my sound card from working too
its a file in the by C-Media. To remove that error try this: open regedit- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE- SOFTWARE- Microsoft- Windows- CurrentVersion- Run. Then delete CM Audio. It didnt hurt my sound, it didnt hurt my computer. But I aint certain it wont hurt yours. I just thought it might help.
can realy hurt if done wrong
It's safe. It's an error that develops when you uninstall C-Media On-board audio drivers.
cmedia driver file after uninstall windows keeps looking for it and not allowing full uninstallation of cmedia audio driver kit - painful use native drivers and utilities instead
Downloads automaticvally in windows update for cmaudio even when running realtec hardware.
it removed all drivers and other files so my sound card quit working.took a day to fix the problem
screwed up my sound the second i installed it!
C-Media sound drivers
erreur de chargement de cmicnfg.cpl
  marisa vanderschueren  
it 's pretty ugly for link soft like word int o AOL
This link seems to have the issue sorted out
  Jon Proctor   (further information)
After installing the audio drivers for the on board sound an error message kept popping up that Windows could not find this file.
C-Media sound drivers
file installs as part of an MS Windows hardware driver automatic update, which update often doesn't work with your hardware (loss of sound), and when you roll back the update, the call on startup to mcicfg.dll isn' t removed from registry. Follow instructions from JCBoy Phils in earlier post to remove it ("To remove that error try this: open regedit- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE- SOFTWARE- Microsoft- Windows- CurrentVersion- Run. Then delete CM Audio key", Since it only removes this key, it's safe - but you can export the key before deleting it, just in case you want to re-install for any reason!)
hi im a tect from microsoft (stop that!.lol) ok just run
I think that 2 of the 5 users who think they have a problem should be talking to 5 of the 3 users who think they haven't had a problem or maybe the same problem that the 2 users had or haven't had, this should probably cure the problem, or maybe not, thats the real problem.
  Techmedia Dave  
error appeared after I uninstalled C-media audio drivers
  Yannis Stathopoulos  
sound drivers
Scews up your sound card. Cannot be uninstalled. Get hardware updates from manufacturers NOT MS! MS NVidia updates disable your NVidia video card too!
cmedia audio driver
  ram kumar  
C-Media sound drivers
My in-game audio chat (WoW game sounds were) quit working at the same time this file started popping up.
  John Chittenden   (further information)
gatuundin fraakin,machkin de shnell
Nothing. But I was getting the same error message. I deleted the CM Audio key and the error message disappeared. My audio is just fine.
It's a C-Media Audio file
when using ac97 speakers it knocks out the sound
  bob niller  
I found that if you open your Windows File, then open your System32 File, you'll see an app named "cmirmdrv" (cmi removal application); Click on the app, which asks: Do you want to remove the CM Audio driver? Click the "yes" button; the app will restart Windows. You probably need to reload your sound card's drivers in addition to the advice of JCBoy Phils.
  Phil T  
Soundcard driver for my external USB sound-card.
This file is associated with my Corsair headset. When I remove it from start up, the headset control panel does not start up. I posted a link that alludes to the use of a C-Media audio processor.
  truk007   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of cmicnfg.cpl: based on 66 votes with 49 user comments. 35 users think cmicnfg.cpl is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 15 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 5 users think cmicnfg.cpl is dangerous and recommend removing it. 11 users don't grade cmicnfg.cpl ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving cmicnfg issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cmicnfg. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 cmicnfg.cpl 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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