What is CTSched.exe?

The genuine CTSched.exe file is a software component of Creative Task Scheduler by Creative Technology.
"CTSched.exe" is an executable in Windows known as the Creative Task Scheduler. The file manages updates and schedules update inquiries to check for patches and version updates for Creative sound cards. Creative Technology Ltd is a worldwide company based in Singapore that began in 1981, focused on audio technology for computers. Their products include on-board hardware, removable sound cards, audio software and drivers, speaker systems, and a whole lot more.

CTSched stands for Creative Task Scheduler

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 CTSched.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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CTSched.exe file information

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

The process known as Creative Scheduler belongs to software Creative CTSched or Dolby Digital Live Pack or Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Extras by Creative Technology (

Description: CTSched.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CTSched.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,341 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 53,340 bytes. 
The program is not visible. CTSched.exe is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Extras or Dolby Digital Live Pack occur, you can ask for help from Support, make sure that you have installed the latest version or uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify CTSched.exe related errors

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


User Comments

Creative soundblaster auto software detection software. This is installed with the creative Soundblaster Audio software. Its installed with the external 24 bit soundblaster card
  Ralph E. Hughes Wichita Kansas   (further information)
This is scheduling program for updates for creative software products. However, like many processes that have access to the win.sys files this program can also be a virus. This is not a system dependent process so you can remove it. If you do not have any Creative software products on your system you should remove it immediately.
This is scheduling program for updates for creative software products,see it for many years after creative install but only usefull or working for your latest creative hard/software.Remove it to be safe.Go for updates to creative.
  ovie. the netherlands  

Summary: Average user rating of CTSched.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks CTSched.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving CTSched issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CTSched. 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 CTSched.exe 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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