What is ha10kx2k?

Ha10kx2k.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 ha10kx2k.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Ha10kx2k.sys file information

The process known as Creative EMU10KX HAL belongs to software Creative Hardware Abstract Layer Driver by Creative Technology (

Description: Ha10kx2k.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ha10kx2k.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 998,004 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 798,744 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. The file is not a Windows core file. It is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ha10kx2k.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ha10kx2k.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the ha10kx2k.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

ha10kx2k.sys is for Creative 5.1 Sound Cards
I loaded this with my audigy 2 sound card. I is in several directories and has cause a few fatal errors with my system. I have removed in from all but 2, c:\Windows\system32\drivers and C:\program files\creative have not tetermined if is is critical or not.
  Tad Soper  
it´s a Sound Blaster Audigy ZS2 driver noobs
this file has been known to cause blue screen of death when using dual cpu's. It happens when both cpus access the driver at the same time. If you are playing a game like WOW or EVE try changing your settings so that the game only uses 1 cpu. to do this press CTRL+ALT+DEL and in processes go to your game exe like wow.exe right click then set affinity and untick the second cpu. its either that or buy from another manufacturer
I'm not sure what this file is supposed to do. I have a creative sound card, and it has been installed since I built this machine (6 months), but I have only experienced Blue Screen of Death for the past two days. I've played games like Team Fortress 2 for extended periods and not had this problem, so I doubt that it resides with the games themselves. I have now unplugged a Creative music player that was plugged into my computer. Hopefully that will cause a change and if so I will return to note it.
creative SB audigy card - BSOD on Win7 as unsupported (legacy), new card needed
HAL driver for E-MU audio hardware
On WinXP, this driver crashes when u run windows remote desktop to another machine and the other machine sends a sound.
  David R. Usher drusher  

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Summary: Average user rating of ha10kx2k.sys: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 9 users think ha10kx2k.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade ha10kx2k.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ha10kx2k issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ha10kx2k. 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 ha10kx2k.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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