1.    17 May 2016 #1
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    "OpenAL": Safe to Remove?


    Hello.

    I am using Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit. A few weeks ago, the IT person in my office installed a new video card on our PC (AMD ATI Radeon HD 5450). Since then, I have seen OpenAL in the program list.

    Neither I, nor wife, play games on our PC. Is it safe to uninstall OpenAL?

    Thank you.
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  2.    17 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Shasta County
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    Win 10 Pro x64

    Could be related to a few different things, some good info in this thread,

    What is OpenAL doing on the list of installed programs? - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3.    18 May 2016 #3
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    Thread Starter

    On the same date that OpenAL was installed, the IT person from my office installed a new sound card: Asus Essence STX II. Could it be that OpenAL was installed with the sound card?

    Thank you again.
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  4.    18 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Shasta County
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    You're welcome.

    I would say that's probably where it came from, someone in that other thread I linked said it was installed with their sound card too.

    I would just let it be if it were me.
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  5.    18 May 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrm3601 View Post
    On the same date that OpenAL was installed, the IT person from my office installed a new sound card: Asus Essence STX II. Could it be that OpenAL was installed with the sound card?

    Thank you again.
    Yes, it's a 3D sound software interface. You may never use it, as it's mainly for games. As far as I know, it doesn't use a lot of resources.
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  6.    19 May 2016 #6
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    Thread Starter

    Thank you for all of your responses. I will not remove OpenAL.

    Thank you again.
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