Windows 7. I plugged in a keyboard that my wife picked up at a grab pile. Shortly after booting with it connected, I noticed a new task running - an install screen for 'Razer Synapse'. (The keyboard turns out to be a 'Razer [something]'.) I closed this window, and did not do anything to install it. However, Task Manager showed a couple of Razer-named tasks running, and msconfig showed at least one Razer-named service running.

Question: can a (USB) keyboard install software on its own?


(Some really bad things happened after that. I will leave that for another post.)

  • Certannly there are USB devices that have 2 functions, the second being a storage device of some sort with a driver or software in it. But you really want to know most if a "Razer keyboard" does, and therefore your title should reflect that. so other razer users will answer.
    – Psycogeek
    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:37
  • Yes; In theory a keyboard could install software
    – Ramhound
    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:51
  • Sounds like a driver.
    – whs
    Apr 8, 2015 at 4:24
  • Why the downvote? It would be helpful to explain.
    – George
    Sep 13, 2015 at 17:34

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Razer-named tasks are the tasks used by the Razer driver. The driver should be let to be installed and active since it drastically improves your keyboard functionality (including response time).

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