Vulkan Runtime Libraries- Everything You Need To Know

We have been recently covering some of the major terms and tools preinstalled in your system. One of them that we have recently been asked about is the Vulkan Runtime Libraries. This is something we too have come across multiple times and would love to share with you all that you should know.

Many of you might be aware of the term while you may have no idea anything about it. But don’t worry this blog post covers everything you need to know about the Vulkan Runtime library and whether you should remove it or not. 

Make sure you read everything very carefully and go through each point to understand everything before taking any step or making any changes to your system.

What is the Vulkan Runtime Library?

Vulkan Runtime Libraries or Vulkan RT is a cross-platform 3D graphics and computing APIs. Well, it was introduced by the non-profit organization Khronos Group in 2015. It has been compared to the well-known APIs such as OpenGL, Direct 3D 11, Direct 3D 12 and Metal which were known to be the best but Vulkan offers higher performance and more balanced GPU usage overall.

Vulkan has been derived from AMD’s Mantle API and is an important component of your gaming graphics. It may have arrived on your system during any graphics card update or comes pre-installed since almost every system works on NVIDIA graphics or AMD graphics card.

So, you do not need to worry about the file in any case. To know more about the advantages and features of the Vulkan Runtime Library refer below. You can also check out the answers by Microsoft itself to know more.


  1. Available for the high-end graphics card and for even the mobile devices.
  2. It runs on Android, Linux,  Tizen, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, third-party support for iOS and Mac.
  3. Reduces CPU workloads and driver overhead.
  4. Better scaling on multi-core CPUs
  5. Easier driver maintenance, and smaller driver packages.
  6. Faster performance and better image quality

Should I remove Vulkan Runtime Libraries?

Well, as we have discussed, you do not need to remove the file from your system. It is NOT a virus or any kind of error that may harm your computer. In short, these files helps your system to run high-end games with better picture quality and gives high performance.

It is currently the best API for every gamer who plays HD games on a regular basis. But if you are reading this and are not a gamer then you can remove it from your system. It surely takes up some space in your system and removing it will cause no harm in any case.

But if I recommend, you don’t need to do this. Firstly, it is not a virus and secondly, it is only used for graphics purposes. So, it is up to you. 

To remove it from your system, simply follow the steps mentioned below and you can successfully get rid of Vulkan Runtime Libraries.

How to remove Vulkan runtime libraries from your System?

If you have finally decided to remove Vulkan runtime libraries from your PC, then you need to follow a simple process given below.

Let’s get started!!

1. Method 1: For Windows 7

There are mainly three methods by which you can remove the Vulkan runtime library from your system. If you are using Windows 7, check out the steps below.

  1. Open search bar from the Windows, open Control Panel.
  2. Under Programs, click on “Uninstall a ProgramGo to Programs
  3. Search for Vulkan Runtime Libraries, and select Uninstall.

Vulkan Runtime Libraries Uninstall

2. Method 2: For Windows 8/8.1

If you are a Windows 8/8.1 user, follow the steps below.

  1. Press Win + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Click on Computer, and go to “Uninstall or Change a ProgramClick on Uninstall
  3. Search for Vulkan Runtime Libraries, and select Uninstall.Vulkan RT

3. Method 3: For Windows 10

This is for all the users of Windows 10 and any further updates that follow.

  1. Click on the Start button and Go to Settings
  2. Select Apps & Features from the Menu.Apps & Features
  3. Look for Vulkan Runtime Libraries, and select Uninstall.

Alternative Method

If you are not willing to proceed with the method above, here is an alternative method for any version of the Windows Operating System.

  1. Press Windows + R to open Run.
  2. Enter the following command appwiz.cpl and press Enter or click on OK.Vulkan RT appwiz
  3. A list of programs will open on your screen, look for Vulkan Runtime Libraries.
  4. Right-click on it and press “Uninstall”
  5. Vulkan Runtime Library is now uninstalled.

These are all the methods that you can apply if you want to remove Vulkan Runtime Library.

How to reinstall Vulkan Runtime Libraries?

If you think that it was a huge mistake to remove or uninstall the Vulkan Runtime Library from your operating system there is a way to get it back. Well, you cannot download it back on your system from the external source but you can recover it back.

It involves removing the graphics driver and then reinstalling it on your system. No harm will come to your system in this process.

  1. Go to Windows and Type Device Manager.
  2. Click on Device Manager and Open it.Open Device Manager
  3. Now, look for Display Adapter and click on it.Display Adapters
  4. A new window will pop up, click on Driver.Click on Driver
  5. Look below and click on Uninstall.Remove Vulkan Runtime Libraries
  6. This will uninstall the driver from the operating system.
  7. Restart your system. The computer will automatically install the Vulkan Runtime Library.


It is pretty much everything you need to know. Before moving on, we will strongly recommend you not to remove the file from your system. It is a file needed for the graphics of your game. Even if you do not play games keeping it in the system won’t cause any harm.

Anyways, make sure you follow all the steps very carefully. It is not a very hectic process, just a simple 3-4 steps are needed. To save the changes always restart your system. If in any case, you think that it may be a Virus, do not forget to scan the system. It will help you to be sure that there are no issues with the file and you can keep it.

To know more about other system files such as hiberfil.sys, visit the blog here.

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