What is hap16v2k?

Hap16v2k.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 hap16v2k.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Hap16v2k.sys file information

The process known as Creative EMU10KX-P16v HAL belongs to software Creative (version P16V HAL Driver) by Creative Technology (

Description: Hap16v2k.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file hap16v2k.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 154,112 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 159,040 bytes, 153,088 bytes, 163,128 bytes or 162,840 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The file is a Microsoft signed file. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. hap16v2k.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify hap16v2k.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as hap16v2k.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the hap16v2k.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

Installed by Creative Tech. Audigy sound cards
  Richard P. Jones  

Summary: Average user rating of hap16v2k.sys: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks hap16v2k.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving hap16v2k issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hap16v2k. 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 hap16v2k.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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