Thank you Creative - Sound Blaster Audigy drivers on Windows (7) Update

Update: For the Audigy 2 ZS people with garbled sound I was having the same issue, I noticed the Creative driver is pretty old dated 2006. Since installing the 'Daniel_K' drivers he did for Vista I've not had anymore issues.

Update 2: Quick run through on what drivers I'm using and where I got them.

Update 3: New release, fix issues with CMSS that older drivers had.

Update 4: Resolving lower than normal volume compared to Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Audio and game fans will no doubt have many similar stories to tell over the last decade regarding Creative's Soundblaster drivers. Let's just say, not many of those stories will be positive.

It got to the point where I stopped recommending average computer users dedicated sound cards and just advised them to use any onboard sound instead. Why? Because if you get a Soundblaster you had to go to their website, try and navigate around it then try and find the right drivers, put up with the drivers in many cases wanting to install a bunch of other stuff with them. Back in the old Windows XP days Creative's early drivers wanted to even put a Creative splash screen on your machine - which would start with every boot.

Or you could just put up with slightly worse sound, yet a sound card that would just work. Every onboard sound card I've come across has drivers on Windows Update. Creative never wanted their drivers up on there (at least not since Windows XP pre-SP1 days). They'd rather you run through a load of hoops to get them instead and bundle a few additional surprises along with them.

However I just installed Windows 7 build 6801 on my machine again today and was getting ready to hit Creative?s website to get the drivers. As I was doing that Windows was installing all the drivers from Windows Update in the background, things like the display driver, and the TV Tuner drivers, and low and behold it also said it was installing Audigy drivers too.

Hopefully this won't just be for the pre-release versions and shows a new direction Creative is taking with their software and drivers. Thanks Creative you've just saved me 10 minutes of my time.

47 comments

Comment from: Mark Sowul [Visitor]
Mark Sowul

Those have shown up in Vista for a while (since the SP1 driver problems) but they didn't work at all on one of the systems I tried, and I ended up having to use System Restore (i.e. situation normal with Creative).

Hopefully you had better luck, but I'm not holding my breath. In some ways onboard sound is actually better because of the enhancements available though the Vista+ audio stack (e.g. Room Correction), which of course are not functional with my Audigy.

12/10/08 @ 00:05
Comment from: paul [Member]
Paul Smith

I suppose that's the trouble when I've not had to reinstall Vista a single time yet, on any of my machines, let alone the one with the Audigy 2.

12/10/08 @ 02:13
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Brian

Windows 7 detected my audigy also but my audio goes crazy 20% of time and all sounds are so heavily distorted they cannot be made out as anything remotely close to what theyre suppose to be. This happens in different apps under many tried circumstances for me. Sigh.

01/06/09 @ 21:38
Comment from: Mako [Visitor]
3 stars
Mako

Seems there are no drivers for Windows 7 64bit for the x-Fi series yet. You cannot even install the Vista 64bit drivers. The install program says to install XP or later. =)

01/11/09 @ 01:08
Comment from: Jason [Visitor]
Jason

Install the X-Fi Vista 64 drivers in Vista compatability mode. Installed without issues for me.

01/12/09 @ 16:12
Comment from: Electron2002 [Visitor]
Electron2002

I am having the same problem as Brian on build 7000 with my Audigy 2 ZS. Everything will sound find then suddenly get garbled. Typically I have to close and restart whatever program is currently playing to get things to resync.

01/12/09 @ 18:17
Comment from: paul [Member]
Paul Smith

For the Audigy 2 ZS people with garbled sound I was having the same issue, I noticed the Creative driver is pretty old dated 2006. Since installing the 'Daniel_K' drivers he did for Vista I've not had anymore issues.

01/12/09 @ 19:18
Comment from: James [Visitor]
James

Would you happen to know just where to find the Daniel_K drivers? since Creative cracked the whip on him its rather hard to find.

01/13/09 @ 23:54
Comment from: TheJackal [Visitor]
3 stars
TheJackal

I just popped a Creative Labs Audigy 2 into my machine because for some bizarre reason, my onboard sound device won't accept input from a microphone no matter what I try. So I figure, "I'll just install a sound card and that should fix everything."

So I happened to by at my friend's house yesterday and asked him about the problem, and he kindly lent me his Sound Card to try out. I'm thinking, "Sweet, I can try it for free and see if it works."

Well, I just popped the thing into my mobo and started the puter, and now it seems to be locked in an eternal reboot cycle because windows start keeps failing and rebooting the system every time the windows splash screen appears. Thanks, Creative, thanks a lot.

01/14/09 @ 22:42
Comment from: Randall Lind [Visitor]
5 stars
Randall Lind

So we are going to have the same damn issue we had with Vista.

Creative labs took forever to get drivers to work with Vista.

01/16/09 @ 02:34
Comment from: Gravity_fighter [Visitor]
Gravity_fighter

God only knows why in their wisdom windows goes and screws

01/18/09 @ 00:03
Comment from: ParaRanger [Visitor]
3 stars
ParaRanger

You can't blame Microsoft on this one folks...They have done everything but buy Creative to have them release drivers compatible with there OS's. Windows 7 has been released to world for public beta now for over 2 weeks and I have yet to see anything on Creative's site regarding working on drivers for Windows 7, I see Nvidia and ATi both working on drivers to support the upcoming OS I give Creative 2 thumbs down.

01/20/09 @ 13:26
Comment from: ramman [Visitor]
ramman

"and now it seems to be locked in an eternal reboot cycle because windows start keeps failing and rebooting the system every time the windows splash screen appears. Thanks, Creative, thanks a lot."

I have a similar problem with XP pro using SB XFI. I've had it for three years with an occasional reboot, and windows would say it was my sound card.
This past month it was getting worse, it would reboot daily; I installed the lastest driver; 2007 and my computer now gives me application error messages and missing DLL file messages, and this is after I uninstalled the driver all together. Does anyone know of a patch/ fix for the driver for SB XFI 2005?

01/30/09 @ 20:54
Comment from: Greifi [Visitor]
Greifi

@Electron2002 & Brian

Hi
(sorry for my bad english, i'm italian)
i have same problem with audigy 2 zs and i have resolved in this way:
open control panel>sound>>
select speakers 8default device)and click "properties"
in advanced set "24 bit, 48000 Hz (studio quality) in place of default option (16 bit)
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/7809/capturepz9.png

reboot and enjoy ;)

by ;)

02/02/09 @ 02:19
Comment from: Jon Cage [Visitor]
5 stars
Jon Cage

@Greifi: Confirmed - works for me too! Thanks!!

03/02/09 @ 01:28
Comment from: Jake Bell [Visitor]
Jake Bell

setting the properties from 16 to 24 bit did not work for me. i also disabled advanced audio features and the cmss to off. still not working even with the hacked daniel k drivers. my issue is only 1. sound works fine 80 percent of the time, 20 percent of the time i get a complete cutout of sound with frozen audio monitor bar, or just low distorted stuff like the Peanuts cartoon teacher talking... wah wah wha...... WHAT else could it be? i have sb audigy platinum with win7 beta 7022. (upgraded from vista 32 ultimate to the win7 beta because my raid driver would not load doing clean install.

03/11/09 @ 20:09
Comment from: lt.cyx [Visitor]
3 stars
lt.cyx

I have the same "20 percent peanuts garbled audio" as Jake Bell. Using an Audigy Platinum.

03/26/09 @ 13:34
Comment from: tytryh [Visitor]
3 stars
tytryh

ohhhhhh

03/29/09 @ 11:55
Comment from: Devon [Visitor]
Devon

I just installed windows 7 last night. No surprise when I went to install my software for X-Fi it said Incompatable. Why am I not surprised. Another Creative issue. Anyone find anything that does work for drivers? What about my application software for my X-Fi Music card. Any ideas on how to install that? Thanks. Any help is appreciated. I just started installed back to Windows XP home. But I'd rather keep the Windows 7.

04/12/09 @ 13:58
Comment from: Khuram [Visitor]
3 stars
Khuram

Its very Good

04/16/09 @ 11:15
Comment from: brank [Visitor]
brank

http://support.creative.com/kb/showarticle.aspx?sid=61105

05/25/09 @ 10:57
Comment from: sergiu [Visitor]
5 stars
sergiu

i have a soundblaster audigy and i tryed to instal my original driver from the soundcard at the step of instaling windows driver it had a crush fuck i don't know what to do

06/14/09 @ 20:34
Comment from: nevsedoma [Visitor]
2 stars
nevsedoma

where I can download drivers for Audigy System?

06/22/09 @ 17:08
Comment from: Zavadsky [Visitor]
4 stars
Zavadsky

This feature does not work in my win7, also i did not find any compaitable drivers yet!!! What for i bought this damn soundcard, i use vista drivers but it only lets soundcard to play sound, the surround channel mapping does not work proper, and they do not have any new drivers at their website, damn creative, go f****ck yourself!

11/25/09 @ 05:17
Comment from: djjack [Visitor]  
5 stars
djjack

Havnt had a problem with audigy II platinim pro on xp on my ol pc , still going strong , My new pc runs windows 7 pro 64 bit , i installed the new xfi elite pro , there are no drivers to make that work , and its limited with xp a lot of functions are not yet supported , jus more of the above mentioned sillines we are use to from creative lol i wonder how long it will be before they fix that blunder

11/25/09 @ 21:59
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]
3 stars
Matt

My experience is much like djjack's.
I had no problems with my Audigy 2 Platinum on Win XP Pro 32-bit.

Same machine now runs Win 7 Pro x64, and I experience glitchiness with sound. One of the most predominant spots it shows up is when doing voice communication online. Oftentimes my mic picks up my voice, I can hear it being monitored in my headphones, and the meter will indicate a level, however anyone I'm chatting with will not be able to hear me. The opposite oftentimes is now ringing true also. By this I mean that I won't be able to hear the person on the other end either... yet I hear all other sounds.

I switch to another audio interface that I have (a MOTU 896HD) and set it to my default communications device from Control Panel/Sounds and all of a sudden voice chat is fine. This proves that it has nothing to do with the OS, nor with my firewall or anything of that nature, but rather my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum. I know the hardware is good for it too, because as I said, I was using it in XP prior to this upgrade, and had no problems. This means, that it has to be the drivers.

11/30/09 @ 05:21
Comment from: KOBKED [Visitor]
1 stars
KOBKED

I just did the latest updates for my Audigy 4 pro card... and now I'll have to revert to older drivers in order to gain access to one of the most used options that , for some unknown reason have removed totally.. in the original driver/software suite tha tcame with the card I had the feature of [in eax]of useing the "Studio" option..where i could set up my Bass to sound just as Iwanted it to, IE: a modified "grunge" setting... now they have totally removed that feature.."Why ??? How?? WHAT THE F***" I feel ripped off and that my time has been wasted by "so called updates" again...

12/12/09 @ 21:46
Comment from: Bealdwine [Visitor]
Bealdwine

Win 7 - 64bit & Creative X-Fi fatal1ty.

Had the sound issue with the latest drivers and had to set my system to boot using just under the full 4Gb RAM (set it 32Mb lower) to get reasonable sound.

I suspect the 64-bit driver is actually 32-bit code and grumbles at 4+ Gb ram :P

Still get issues with some software (notably LotRO) leading to BSOD. No pointer that it is the Creative driver but that's the only one I've had issue with since the OS upgrade.

12/24/09 @ 13:00
Comment from: Wirehead [Visitor]
Wirehead

Guys, if you have problem with creative drivers try the simplest solution to run the windows update and the Microsoft update will provide you the exact driver you want for your creative drivers.

12/24/09 @ 14:32
Comment from: choddo [Visitor]
choddo

I've got the same problem - sound gets completely distorted at random times in random applications, 20% sounds about right.

Just tried the 24bit @ 48KHz trick.... seems to be working! Thanks.

12/24/09 @ 23:54
Comment from: simon [Visitor]
5 stars
simon

hi guys

SORRY if this has been dealt with B4...i have read thru stuff but cant find it.

i have an audigy 2 zs card + sound blaster used for recording via cubase vst 24 .. both on XP and working fine (well .. ok ish!)old ish stuff i know but am happy with both.

my mate has built me a new computer with windows 7 and downloaded the driver for the card from the audugy site.

the card itself works .. BUT my blaster box does not .. i've tried everything! .. any suggestions??

thanks a bundle, si

12/27/09 @ 10:28
Comment from: Gotsauss [Visitor]
5 stars
Gotsauss

http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&subCatID=205&prodID=149&prodName=Audigy%202&subCatName=Audigy&CatName=Sound+Blaster

try this link

12/28/09 @ 03:54
Comment from: SOLUTION FOR ALL [Visitor]
SOLUTION FOR ALL

1-Disable driver signature:
http://www.killertechtips.com/2009/05/06/disable-driver-signing-in-windows-7-using-group-policy-editor/
2-Install x32 or x64 original drivers
3-Windows 7 recognizes your Soundblaster card and it works fine with distortion, then the following should work well.
1. Right click on the speaker icon (bottom right).
2. Choose Playback devices
3. Under Playback tab, choose Speakers (Creative) and then Configure button on the bottom left.
4. Assuming you have two speakers and subwoofer,
choose 7.1 Surround and click next.
5. On the next screen, uncheck everything but the
subwoofer and click Next.
6. This screen leave only the Front left and right
option checked.
7. On the next screen, click Finished and back at the
Sound screen, just click OK.
8. Enjoy the sound!

01/11/10 @ 00:39
Comment from: munerius [Visitor]
4 stars
munerius

I got a blue screen when i tried yo install the original SB audigy SE(SB0570) in my new windows 7 system, The problem was resolve downlouding this driver from creative labs
Creative Sound Blaster audio driver 1.04.0090

http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?

catID=1&subCatID=205&prodID=14257&prodName=Audigy

SE&subCatName=Audigy&CatName=Sound

+Blaster&VARSET=prodfaq:PRODFAQ_14257,VARSET=CategoryID:1

THANKS YOU CREATIVE LABS now i have sounds in my new windows 7 system.

01/16/10 @ 21:55
Comment from: Veron [Visitor]  
Veron

Sry about my english (I`m from Romania)
I have a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value and I try all the drivers from this planet:)to make my Subwoofer work! Pls help`me. My sistem in working on Windows 7, 32bit. Thx!

03/03/10 @ 01:06
Comment from: Tom [Visitor]  
4 stars
Tom

Hi guys.
I got an wierd problem i already postet on the creative site
http://forums.creative.com/t5/Sound-Blaster/Audigy-4-Pro-Windows-7-Please-Help/td-p/551605;jsessionid=CFE5D5918CAAB1E964C8ED82F11149F1
Feel free to answer here or on the official forums :)
Hope someone can help me

03/10/10 @ 10:30
Comment from: saad [Visitor]
5 stars
saad

sound drivers windows 7

05/08/10 @ 20:48
Comment from: john [Visitor]  
john

does anyone have the audigy platinum 2 with the remote ?? does the remote and mediasource work with windows 7?

07/18/10 @ 03:08
Comment from: Indianatone [Visitor]
5 stars
Indianatone

from: john [Visitor]
No support, said Creative "Support" (LOL) and I said I'll never buy another Creative product.
No plans to provide updated remote driver. You can buy a cheap media center remote for use with Windows 7 though.

07/20/10 @ 20:20
Comment from: dan [Visitor]
5 stars
dan

ok

09/19/10 @ 05:30
Comment from: nabulsi [Visitor]
5 stars
nabulsi

thx you

09/29/10 @ 21:04
Comment from: reead ahmed [Visitor]
5 stars
reead ahmed

i wanted to creative sound blaster audigy driver

10/08/10 @ 04:30
Comment from: Roddy [Visitor]
Roddy

Can I install creative audigy on my hp g62 laptop without having problems! the windows media player and the itunes quicktime player sound pathetic! Anyone with an answer?

12/20/10 @ 20:44
Comment from: nisar shaikh [Visitor]
nisar shaikh

windows driver for audigy sound card installing software

03/06/11 @ 08:33
Comment from: Lucky [Visitor]  
5 stars
Lucky

i Have audigy value card plz any one help me i want to get windows 7 64bit drivers how can i get it?

07/24/11 @ 12:24
Comment from: Jamal Shah [Visitor]
1 stars
Jamal Shah

I have creative sb audigy 2 and recently i m upgraded my operation sys from xp to win 7 now none of the software is working for the card supplied by the creative as package contnet. How can i sole my problem

11/05/11 @ 01:11
Comment from: Frank [Visitor]
Frank

I HAVE A Sound Blaster Audigy platinum sound card now I had to change my OS to win7 I need all the drives for abilitaded all fucions of that again but here please help me to work on it at win 7 please.

02/08/12 @ 00:53