What is SynTP?

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

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SynTP.sys file information

The process known as Synaptics Touchpad Driver or Synaptics Touchpad (version 64-bit Driver) or Synaptics Touchpad Win64 Driver belongs to software Synaptics Pointing Device Driver or Synaptics TouchPad Driver or Synaptics Device Driver by Synaptics (

Description: SynTP.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SynTP.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 193,056 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 220,032 bytes and 10 more variants. 
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. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify SynTP.sys related errors

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

Synaptics drivers are found on many notebooks equipped with a touchpad. A touchpad is a mouse replacement btw.
Gehört zum Touchpad
  Jürgen Quast  
SynTP steht in der Systemstart-Liste, wird also direkt beim Start ausgeführt.
Real-Mode Treiber für Synaptics-Touchpad.. unbedenklich
Synaptics TouchPad driver
Touchpad Treiber
  Leon Hussain  
It could be simple failure BUT beware because Hackers who monitor computers or take information will crash the pc and disguise the "failure" as SynTP.sys. When the computer is rebooting they are actually collecting information from the hard drive.
  Stephen Callaghan  
I use a traditional keyboard and mouse in my laptop (Sony Vaio). I always terminate all files related to the synaptics touchapd and helper. It does not causes problems. It seems to free RAM which probably is speeding my laptop somewhat. (I have not tested it to quantify the speed up but it is noticeable). If you use the touchpad do not disable or terminate it. Your laptop-pc will need it.

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Summary: Average user rating of SynTP.sys: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments. 8 users think SynTP.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks SynTP.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SynTP issues

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