You were probably browsing around your ‘C:\Program Files (x86)’ directory and noticed this folder called ‘VulkanRT’? What is VulkanRT? You’ve never heard of it before and you’re wondering how it came on your PC. Perhaps it’s the codename for some virus? Has your system been compromised? I’m sure there are so many questions running through your mind. You’ll find all the answers you’re looking for right here.
In this guide, I’ll explain everything there is to know about this strange ‘VulkanRT’ folder. I’ll take you through what it is, what it does, and why it is on your computer. Read on to find out more.
What Is VulkanRT?
First things first – VulkanRT is not a virus or a dangerous file, so you can rest easy. Then what is it? Well, Vulkan RT stands for Vulkan Run Time Libraries, and it is a low-level cross-platform API (Application Programming Interface) that allows 3D-rendered video games to work properly with your graphics card. It also allows a balanced use of resources between your CPU and GPU.
Confused with the techno mumbo-jumbo? Simply put, VulkanRT helps your video games run better and enhances their performance. If you’ve recently updated your drivers or installed a new video game, VulkanRT is automatically installed to your PC alongside them. This could be why you never noticed it before.
Advantages Of VulkanRT
VulkanRT offers a lot of benefits in terms of video processing, especially for games. Here are some of them.
- Lower overhead reduces GPU usage
- Better scaling for multi-core CPUs.
- Frees CPU to work more on computation and rendering, giving smoother gaming experience.
- Direct control over your graphics hardware
- Unifies management of compute kernels and graphical shaders.
- Modern and open architecture makes it perfect for a wide range of games.
- Cross-platform support for Android, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
In short, your games are going to look, feel, and play so much better with VulkanRT installed than if you did not have it.
Should I Remove VulkanRT From My PC?
There’s no reason to remove this folder from your PC. It poses no security risks, as its only function is to make your graphics processing better. Also, if you’re someone who downloads and plays a lot of video games, removing this folder can have a lot of drawbacks. Here they are.
- You will face crashes with new video games that rely on this specific run time library
- You will not be able to set the screen resolution you desire for certain games.
- Bad video quality after rendering
- Overhead GPU might cause crashes and other issues
If you’d still like to go ahead and remove it from your PC, I’ll teach you how to do so in the next section of this guide.
How To Safely Remove Vulkan Run Time Libraries From My Computer
Here are the steps on how you can easily and safely remove the VulkanRT folder and its files from your PC.
Step 1: Go to the search option in your Taskbar and type in ‘Run’. Open the Run application.
Step 2: Type in ‘appwiz.cpl’, and click on ‘OK’.
Step 3: Scroll down till you find the file called ‘Vulkan Run Time Libraries’. Right-click on it and select ‘Uninstall’.
Step 4: Confirm in the pop-up screen for uninstallation.
Within a few minutes, VulkanRT and its files would be completely removed from your system.
Can I Reinstall Vulkan Library?
Let’s say you noticed the VulkanRT folder on your PC, and you accidentally deleted it thinking it was malware. After going through this guide and learning about what it is and how beneficial it is, you want to install it back. Can this be done? Of course! And I’ll show you two different ways to do it as well.
1) Updating Graphics Driver And/Or Reinstalling Video Game
Since Vulkan Runtime Libraries are installed automatically along with NVIDIA Driver updates or game installations, you can go ahead and update your driver to get the Vulkan Folder back. You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling any new video games you have recently downloaded, to check if that fixes it.
Make sure you check your video game folders, especially the one that contains the installers. These folders will usually have the installers for APIs like DirectX and VulkanRT.
2) Downloading VulkanRT Directly From Vulkan/NVIDIA Website
You can easily reinstall the Vulkan library from NVIDIA’s website or from the official Vulkan website.
Here is the link if you’re planning to reinstall it from the Vulkan website – https://vulkan.lunarg.com/sdk/home#sdk/. Here, you’ll see options for both Windows and Linux. Simply click on the file named ‘SDK Installer’ to begin the download. Once it’s installed, you can open it and continue with the installation steps shown on-screen. Once it’s done, the full library would be installed and integrated to your graphics driver.
For NVIDIA, you can download it directly from the NVIDIA website. They have a dedicated page for Vulkan files, here you go – https://developer.nvidia.com/vulkan-driver. Once you’re here, you can click on the respective download link for your OS (shown in green text). Once the installer is downloaded, you can open it and follow the same steps as above to bring back the VulkanRT folder and its files.
There are a lot of amazing PC games that require Vulkan Run Time Libraries to work. These include games like Crysis Remastered, Half-Life: Alyx, and even Red Dead Redemption 2. So, it’s always good to keep the Vulkan folder in your PC and not delete or uninstall it in the first place.
I hope this guide has taught you everything you need to know about VulkanRT and it’s uses. I’ve also taken you through the process of uninstalling it, as well as reinstalling it in case you accidentally removed the folder.
If you have any other queries regarding this topic or any other tech-related matters, do reach out to me through the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.