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Monday, January 01, 2007

Vista X-Fi Driver

Creative Labs released a new beta X-Fi driver for the 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows Vista.

This download is a driver providing Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ 64-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Take note of the following:

  • THIS IS AN UNSUPPORTED BETA DRIVER. There is no technical support for this driver.
  • We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver for critical tasks.
  • This driver is for installation with official release versions of Windows Vista only.

This download supports the following audio devices only:

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic,
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
  • Creative Sound Blaster Elite Pro

Current release features:

  • X-Fi Crystalizer™
  • X-Fi CMSS®-3D
  • MIDI Playback
  • EAX® Effects
  • PCM stereo output through optical out
  • Line-in connectivity
  • Recording capabilities.

Known issues:

  • This driver does not support the following:
    • Decoding of Dolby® Digital and DTS™ signals
    • DVD-Audio
    • DirectSound®-based EAX games
    • 6.1 speaker mode.
  • SPDIF passthrough is supported on Vista 32-bit only.
  • Applications from the original Sound Blaster X-Fi CD will not work with this download.


  • Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above.

For more information and download of the driver please use Creatives downloads page.

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