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Windows 7: What is OpenAL doing on the list of installed programs?

18 Dec 2010   #1

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What is OpenAL doing on the list of installed programs?

By accident, I found out that OpenAL (no other details given) is on the list of installed programs on my Windows 7 64bit machine. Seems to be related to Creative Labs(?). My machine has VIA audio and I have not knowingly installed this thing.

Any ideas what this is, what it does and where it may have come from?

Thanks,
C

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18 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits
 
 

When there's something you don't know, just google it .

OpenAL provides capabilities for playing audio in a virtual 3D environment.

Have a look here -> OpenAL - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And this is its official page -> Home - OpenAL
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18 Dec 2010   #3
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Probably find that it got installed with a game that uses OpenAL for its audio engine. Most will install the necessary files in the game's install directory, but some will install it separately (sort of like games that use Nvidia's Physx whether you have a Nvidia card or not, as it is required by the game to run).
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15 Jan 2011   #4

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I have not installed any game hence my question. In fact I very much doubt I installed anything that has to do with sound
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15 Jan 2011   #5

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OpenAL

It's also built-into a lot of app's and you'll find it on a lot of "unofficial" applications.

It's becoming (albeit, non-malicious,) 7's "Viewpoint Media Player" equivalent.
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29 Jan 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OceanicAirlines View Post
It's also built-into a lot of app's and you'll find it on a lot of "unofficial" applications.

It's becoming (albeit, non-malicious,) 7's "Viewpoint Media Player" equivalent.
Thanks for this tip
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1 Week Ago   #7

Windows7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Just a suggestion, something that I have done in the past which has been helpful.

Go to your list of installed programs

Find the entry for OpenAL
Look at the "Installed On" column and take note of the date
Now click on the header/Title of the "Installed On" column (this should order all of the software entries by install date)


Now look down the Installed Programs list and find the "Installed On" date on which your OpenAL was installed.
You should see OpenAL and all the other programs that were installed on that date. This should help you narrow down what program may have installed OpenAL.

Hope this was helpful
Bammer
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