What Are Vulkan Run Time Libraries in Windows

Are you among those people who have been wondering what Vulkan Run Time Libraries are? Well, f you have noticed Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer, and maybe you are not so sure what it is or how it was installed, do not worry. These libraries are not viruses or malware.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries

These files will not damage your Windows operating system, and therefore you don’t have to panic and remove or delete it from your system.

So what is a runtime library?

TA run time library is simply a collection of software programs. They are often used at application run time in order to provide one or even several local program functions or services.

The Run Time Libraries usually have many distinct programs and functions which are collectively used by several programs or software on the PC.

This library enables a software program to be executed with its complete functionality. It does this by providing some add-on program resources. These resources are essential to the primary program.

What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries

Vulkan Run Time Libraries are APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that are used explicitly for a machine’s graphics.

This brings us to another question about what an API is. In less technical terms, an API is a set of protocols, tools, and subroutine definitions that are used to build application software. They are generally a set of clearly defined communication methods between various components of the software.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries can be said to be the new or latest graphic standard. They are 3D graphics in a programming interface used for creating applications. It can be compared to the conventional OpenGL and DirectX that developers have been using for gaming. It is just that they are better or advanced libraries responsible for better 3D performance.

Therefore, as it has been known to many, DirectX12 is the latest graphic standard for gaming; it is ideally true to say that Vulkan Run Time Libraries are the newest version of OpenGL.

These libraries are mostly intended to offer or provide for higher performance. Also, they give a much more balanced CPU/GPU usage. Apart from lowering or balancing the CPU usage, the Vulkan libraries are also able to distribute work amongst multiple CPU cores.

Additional Information on Vulkan Run Time Libraries

Just as I said earlier, it is reasonable to see Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on Windows. This is especially if you have a computer that is using Nvidia graphic drivers and also other software that depends on the Vulkan Run Time Libraries for them to be correctly installed.

These libraries are usually installed automatically without prompting for your permission. If you are that one person who like playing computer games every now and then, and also if your computer is running other programs that might require graphics, we recommend that you don’t remove these libraries. Just leave the Vulkan Run Time Libraries intact on the system.

However, if you are not fond of games or maybe you don’t run any software that could require graphics for them to operate effectively, you can remove them but and you won’t even notice if they are not installed.


Please keep in mind when you remove the Vulkan Run Time Libraries from your computer system, it will be difficult and close to impossible to reinstall, since it installs with graphic drivers – these would need reinstallation first.

Which game applications support Vulkan Run Time Libraries

The good news is that Vulkan is still a new API, and currently, there are not many games that support it. However, since it is an advance program, you may need to keep it because, in IT, everything moves fast and is designed based on the current technology.

Here are the most popular games which support the Vulkan rendering API:

  • Quake
  • Dota 2
  • GRID Autosport
  • Doom
  • Mad Max
  • Warhammer 40,00: Dawn of War III, F1 2017
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Serious Sam Fusion 2017, and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

It also supports newer games, so if you wish to play these, leave Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed.

Why are Vulkan Libraries installed on my computer?

It is now clear that these libraries are installed automatically without any administrator permission, and now it is normal.

When you do an installation of the NVidia drivers or Steam or any other program that requires Vulkan Run Time Libraries, it will automatically install them.

The developers of these drivers do not include any options for you to decide whether you want to install the libraries or not. We are used to virus and malware installing themselves on our PCs without our consent but however, this does not necessarily imply that Vulkan Run Time Libraries are malware or a threat to your PC.

What does this mean? It merely means that you do not have to worry about anything if you see the Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer system.

Just leave it there if you want to keep having fun with your graphics demanding programs.

What Does Vulkan Runtime Libraries Do?

Since Vulkan run time libraries is not a malware or virus whether you should delete it should not be your primary concern because it does not affect your computer negatively. It only aims at offering lower visual projection, direct control over the GPU and lower CPU usage.

They intend to provide high-efficiency and cross-platform access to modern GPU’s. Vulkan is significant for lowering GPU usage, and it can also perform well among multiple CPU cores.

It is highly recommended to keep the Vulkan run time libraries on your system even if you are not using them.

Uninstalling it won’t cause problems if you are not running apps that use it. But how do you uninstall Vulkan run time libraries? In the following part, we will show you how we can do that.

Also, if you need them back sometime later and you want to reinstall it for some reason, steps are also described in this post.

Why does it get flagged as a threat?

It happens that the Windows defender or the third-party Anti-virus you are using to protect your PC might flag Vulkan as a threat. Don’t remove it when you see this, the Vulkan libraries are not harmful, and therefore the feedback report from the two is just a false positive. Just like many other programs that get flagged by your Anti-virus despite them being completely safe, Vulkan is also safe to keep.

Should I uninstall Run Time Libraries?

If you want to delete these libraries, then you are free to uninstall it.

You will not notice a difference in your gaming if your games do not depend on it.

However, as I said earlier if you have games on your PC that require the runtime libraries for its performance, just keep it because if you don’t, you will feel the drop in quality.

And when you delete the Run Time Libraries, manually downloading them will not happen.. You will have to uninstall and reinstall your graphics drivers or any other program that originally installed Vulkan in the first place.

How To Uninstall And Reinstall Vulkan Run Time Libraries

A. Uninstalling/Deleting Vulkan Run Time Libraries

If you want to remove Libraries from your PC, follow the following instructions.

  1. Hit the Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialogue box
  2. Now type “appwiz.cpl” in the Run box and then click “OK” or hit Enter on the keyboard.
Vulkan Run Time Libraries -appwiz.cpl
  1. Find the specific Vulkan Run Time Libraries version installed on your PC by scrolling through the list.
  2. Now right-click on it and then select “Uninstall/Change” this can be found in the drop-down.
  3. Follow the prompts to finish the un-installation process.

B. Uninstalling/Deleting Vulkan Run Time Libraries

If for some reason you uninstalled the libraries, and you wish to reinstall it, you need to uninstall the graphics drivers.

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Press Windows key + X and then click on “device manager” from the list of options that will pop up
  2. Browse through the drivers and find the graphics hardware device. Expand it and then right-click the graphics driver.
  3. Now select “Uninstall device” in order to trigger the un-installation process.
  4. Next, check-mark the “Delete the driver software for this device” checkbox before uninstalling the device and then click “Uninstall”.
Vulkan Run Time Libraries -delete driver

After the process is complete, restart your computer and Windows will automatically reinstall the missing drivers.

If for some reason it does not, return to Device Manager, right-click the video driver. You can find this under the video hardware device, and later select “Update Driver”.

You will be asked how you wish to search for drivers. That is, automatically for updated driver software, or to browse the system for driver software. Select your preferred option and follow the instructions.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries -search automatically

An alternative way to update or install new drivers for video hardware

You can also reinstall the libraries automatically using the most common driver update tool called Driver Easy.

This software tool will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics driver, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. First of all, Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy as an administrator and then click Scan Now.
driver easy
  1. This tool will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. You audio driver is no exception.
  2. Click Update next to a flagged sound driver to automatically download the correct version of this driver. You can manually install it on your computer. (You can do this with the free version.)
  3. Or you can also click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
  4. Restart your computer. Afterwards, try to play an audio file or video file to check if you can hear any sound.


After you have finished updating and installing drivers, restart Windows 10. This is so that the changes to take effect and see if there are Libraries installed on the system.

We hope that this article helps you to understand Vulkan Run Time Libraries. Whether they exist and whether you need them, and how to uninstall or reinstall them.

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