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Article ID: 304778 - Last Review: August 6, 2007 - Revision: 1.4

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After you upgrade from Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) to Windows XP, the Sound Blaster Live! sound card works, but several Sound Blaster accessories may not work. The upgrade report identifies "Sound Blaster Accessories" as "programs (that) support your computer hardware"; however, certain ones do not work with Windows XP.

Sound Blaster accessories that do not work, and the related symptoms, include:
  • The Creative Launcher and Playcenter programs both generate the following error message:
    This supports your hardware but is incompatible with Windows XP.
  • The AudioHQ program generates the following error message:
    No Compatible Audio Device Found.
  • The Diagnostics program runs, but the program does not recognize a sound card and you cannot run tests.
  • The SB Live! Experience program generates the following error messages:
    Initialization was unsuccessful.
    Then a program message box displays the following error message:
    Windows will now close this program.
  • The Disk Detector icon is missing from Control Panel.


To resolve this issue, contact Creative Labs to ask about availability of an update that addresses this issue.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site: (
For more information about the availability of Creative Labs drivers for Windows XP, see the following Creative Labs Web site: (

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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