What is ctsfm2k?

Ctsfm2k.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 ctsfm2k.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Ctsfm2k.sys file information

The process known as SoundFont® Manager belongs to software Creative SoundFont Management Device Driver by Creative Technology (

Description: Ctsfm2k.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ctsfm2k.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 138,752 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 130,192 bytes and 5 more variants. 
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. Ctsfm2k.sys is not a Windows core file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. ctsfm2k.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ctsfm2k.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ctsfm2k.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the ctsfm2k.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.


User Comments

It's a part of the creative audigy 2 sound card drivers.
I know its used for audio programs. I must have uninstalled it by uninstalling an audio program dell put on my computer and it goes missing, and I cant get the program back on without it.
  Matthew Sauerland  
Micorsoft Updated my computer and installed the creative audigy 2 sound card driver! Blue Screened!!!
SoundFont Manager for Creative Audigy
  R. Kooken  

Summary: Average user rating of ctsfm2k.sys: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think ctsfm2k.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ctsfm2k issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ctsfm2k. 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 ctsfm2k.sys 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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