What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries And Do You Really Need It?

What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries, Do You Really Need It And How To Uninstall/Reinstall It On Windows 10

If you notice Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer and are not sure what it is or how it was installed, do not worry - it is not a virus or malware. It will not damage the Windows operating system and there is no reason to remove or delete it from your system.

A runtime library is a collection of software programs (used at program run time) to provide one or more native program functions or services. Typically, it consists of many different programs or functions that are commonly used by various programs. The runtime library enables a software program to be executed with its complete functionality by providing add-on program resources that are essential to the primary program.

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What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries

Vulkan Run Time Libraries are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) used for computer graphics. An API is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries is a new graphic standard, a 3D graphics application programming interface rather like OpenGL and DirectX, which are used for gaming and better 3D performance. So if DirectX12 is the latest graphic standard for gaming, then Vulkan is the latest version of OpenGL. Vulkan is intended to offer higher performance and more balanced CPU/GPU usage. In addition to lower CPU usage, Vulkan is also better able to distribute work amongst multiple CPU cores.

As mentioned before, it is normal that there are Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on Windows, especially if you are using Nvidia drivers or other software that requires Vulkan Run Time Libraries to be installed. It usually self-installs automatically and without asking permission. If you are playing computer games quite often or using other programs that require graphics, we suggest that you leave Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on the system. If, however, you are not playing games or using any software that requires graphics, you may not notice the the absence of Vulkan Run Time Libraries. Bear in mind that if you decide to remove it from your system, it can be difficult to reinstall, since it installs with graphic drivers - these would need reinstallation first.

Since Vulkan is a fairly new API, there are not many games that support it. The most popular games with support for the Vulcan rendering API are 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.

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How To Uninstall And Reinstall Vulkan Run Time Libraries

If you are certain that you want to remove/delete Vulkan Run Time Libraries from the computer, start by typing "run" in Search and selecting the "Run" result.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 1

In the Run box, type "appwiz.cpl" and click "OK" or press Enter on the keyboard.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 2

Scroll through the list to find the particular Vulkan Run Time Libraries version installed on Windows, right-click it and select "Uninstall/Change" in the drop-down menu to remove it.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 3

Follow the instructions to finish the uninstallation process.

If for some reason you decide to uninstall it and then wish to reinstall it, you need to uninstall the graphics drivers. To do so, type "device manager" and click the "Device Manager" result.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 4

Find the graphics hardware device and expand it, right-click the graphics driver and select "Uninstall device".

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 5

Check the "Delete the driver software for this device" checkbox before uninstalling the device and then click "Uninstall".

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 6

Now, 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 under the video hardware device, and select "Update Driver".

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 7

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

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 8

Another way to update or install new drivers for video hardware is to use third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. You will need a computer with a working Internet connection to download it.

Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active Internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware such as sound devices, video cards, network adapters, etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers, and separates updates that require you to restart the computer so they are easier to distinguish from the rest. You can download Snappy Driver Installer here.

update drivers using snappy driver installer

After you have finished updating and installing drivers, restart Windows 10 for the changes to take effect and see if there are Vulkan Run Time 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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What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries, Do You Really Need It And How To Uninstall/Reinstall It On Windows 10

If you notice Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer and are not sure what this is or how is was installed, you do not need to worry - it is not a virus or malware. It will not damage the Windows operating system and there is no reason to remove or delete it from your system.


A runtime library is a collection of software programs (used at program run time) to provide one or more native program functions or services. Typically, it consists of many different programs or functions that are commonly used by various programs. The runtime library enables a software program to be executed with its complete functionality by providing add-on program resources that are essential to the primary program.

vulkan run time libraries

Table of Contents:

What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries

Vulkan Run Time Libraries are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) used for computer graphics. An API is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries is a new graphic standard, a 3D graphics application programming interface rather like OpenGL and DirectX, which are used for gaming and better 3D performance. So if DirectX12 is the latest graphic standard for gaming, then Vulkan is the latest version of OpenGL. Vulkan is intended to offer higher performance and more balanced CPU/GPU usage. In addition to lower CPU usage, Vulkan is also better able to distribute work amongst multiple CPU cores.

As mentioned before, it is normal that there are Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on Windows, especially if you are using Nvidia drivers or other software that requires Vulkan Run Time Libraries to be installed. It usually self-installs automatically and without asking permission. If you are playing computer games quite often or using other programs that require graphics, we suggest that you leave Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on the system. If, however, you are not playing games or using any software that requires graphics, you may not notice the the absence of Vulkan Run Time Libraries. Bear in mind that if you decide to remove it from your system, it can be difficult to reinstall, since it installs with graphic drivers - these would need reinstallation first.

Since Vulkan is a fairly new API, there are not many games that support it. The most popular games with support for the Vulcan rendering API are 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.

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How To Uninstall And Reinstall Vulkan Run Time Libraries

If you are certain that you want to remove/delete Vulkan Run Time Libraries from the computer, start by typing "run" in Search and selecting the "Run" result.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 1

In the Run box type "appwiz.cpl" and click "OK" or press Enter on your keyboard.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 2

Scroll through the list to find the particular Vulkan Run Time Libraries version installed on your Windows, right-click it and select "Uninstall/Change" in the dropdown menu to remove it.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 3

Follow the instructions to finish the uninstallation process.

If for some reason you decide to uninstall it and then you want to install it back, then you need to uninstall your graphics drivers. To do so go to type "device manager" and click the "Device Manager" result.

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 4

Find your graphics hardware device and expand it, right-click your graphics driver and select "Uninstall device".

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 5

Check the "Delete the driver software for this device" checkbox before uninstalling the device and then click "Uninstall".

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 6

Now restart your computer and Windows will automatically reinstall the missing drivers for you. If for some reason it doesn't, then go to Device Manager again, right-click your video driver under your video hardware device and select "Update Driver".

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 7

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

how to uninstall and reinstall Vulkan run time libraries step 8

Another way to update or install new drivers for your video hardware is to use third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. You will need a computer with a working internet connection in order to download it.

Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware like sound devices, video cards, network adapters etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers and it separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so it would be easier to distinguish them from the rest. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here.

update drivers using snappy driver installer

After you have finished updating and installing drivers, restart Windows 10 for the changes to take effect and see if there are Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer.

That's it, we hope that this article helped you to understand what are the Vulkan Run Time Libraries, why do you need it (or you don't), how to know if there are Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer and how to uninstall or reinstall it.

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