What is CreativeLicensing.exe?

The genuine CreativeLicensing.exe file is a software component of Creative Labs Licensing Service by Creative Technology.
CreativeLicensing.exe is an executable file that runs the Creative Licensing Service, an application that allows users to register and receive licenses for their Creative products. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Creative Technologies was founded on July 1st, 1981 by Sim Wong Hoo and Ng Kai Wa. Originally starting out as a simple repair shop, Creative has gone on to become one of the most recognized names in the computer audio industry, developing popular products such as its line of Sound Blaster audio cards which created a standard for computer audio interfaces. It is currently headquartered in Jurong East, Singapore. Creative designs, manufactures and distributes audio and video processors, multimedia, and digital consumer products.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the CreativeLicensing.exe 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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CreativeLicensing.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CreativeLicensing
CreativeLicensing.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as System Level Service Utility belongs to software Creative Labs Licensing Service by Creative Labs (

Description: CreativeLicensing.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CreativeLicensing.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (65% of all occurrences) or 72,704 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The CreativeLicensing.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CreativeLicensing.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CreativeLicensing.exe 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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Best practices for resolving CreativeLicensing issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CreativeLicensing. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CreativeLicensing.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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