What is P17?

P17.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 P17.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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P17.sys file information

The process known as WDM Audio Miniport or WDM Audio Miniport (Basic) Driver belongs to software SB Live (version 24-bit) or Creative SB Audigy LS by Creative Technology (

Description: P17.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The P17.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,127,936 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 840,960 bytes, 651,264 bytes, 1,389,056 bytes or 1,168,896 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. P17.sys is not a Windows core file. The process has no file description. P17.sys is a Microsoft signed file. P17.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify P17.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as P17.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the P17.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

This is can cause Windows 7 to BSOD (blue screen of death)
Bei der Installation eines Creativ-Soundtreibers verlangt de3r Revhner während der Installation die Datei von der CD
it can cause an PAGE FAULT IN NON PAGED AREA. happens with Windows 8 RP

Summary: Average user rating of P17.sys: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks P17.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade P17.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving P17 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with P17. 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 P17.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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