Audigy 2 ZS Driver Installation Guide I have always felt that installing the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS drivers were the most tedious and confusing part of reinstalling Windows. Creative supports their drivers very little, and they probably will not plan to simplify or integrate the driver installation process. Thus I would like to provide one method I use in order to simplify installing the latest drivers yet be able to obtain all of the functionality. I am going to divide this guide into two parts. The first is on finding the right updates and the second is on how to install them. Finding the right drivers in the first place (if you want the latest) is a byzantine and rather relatively difficult task. The first part is universal for all Audigy 2 ZS cards and applies for everyone. The second part is subject to question. By no means this is the "right way" to install the drivers. However, I have found that it is the most logical way to install them. If you have other (and better) methods of installing the drivers, please add this to this thread. One advantage of using this method, for example, is that you get the new-looking silver MediaSource Go! skin. MediaSource Go is just that toolbox/loader appears on the top of your screen. Also you get nonredundancy of driver install. I want to stress nonredundancy (for Creative drivers especially) because doing a normal install, by installing your CD drivers doing and then installing the online updates, installs your drivers in such a strange order that by the time you are finished patching, God knows what version you've replaced and cross-overwritten, and you don't know whether if you've just installed an older version over a newer one (e.g. DTS Neo 6 Functionality) Although I have a Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro, this nonetheless applies to all Audigy 2 ZS cards. Creative has stopped supporting and hosting drivers for regular Audigy 2 and Audigy 2 ZS cards and thus makes it all the more important that one gets the right drivers if you're aiming for the features and updates of the latest drivers. So those of you that own a Audigy 2 ZS or and Audigy 2 ZS Platinum, go here and nab those drivers for the Platinum Pro, all of them are them are the same regardless of what specific soundcard you have, except those that are Platinum Pro only. Part 1: Downloading the right drivers First, go to the Creative site and get the latest drivers. http://us.creative.com/support/downloads/ (Goto Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro section since there is no Audigy 2 ZS section) The files you need are: Driver Files: SBAX_WEBUP_LB_2_08_0004 (Driver) SBA2_WEBUP_EAXC_031230 (EAX Console Update) SBA2_WEBUP_THXCON_1_00_16 (THX Console Update) SBA2_WEBUP_DTSCON_1_00_06 (DTS Neo 6 Update) Not sure if the DTS is necessary since I think it is included in the latest EAX/MediaSource update, but Creative puts it on the download page and has never bothered to remove it unlike some other older drivers that were later incorporated. MediaSource Files: CMS_PCAPP_LB_3_30_21 (MediaSource) CMS_GO_PCAPP_LB_3_10_15 (MediaSource Go) DVDA_PCApp_LB_2_00_75 (DVD Update) CMS_BURNER_PCAPP_LB_3_10_18 (Burner Plugin) CMS_MDC_PCAPP_LB_1_00_58 (MD Plugin) CMS_RMT_PCAPP_LB_2_30_02 (Remote Control, Audigy 2 ZS Platinum and Plat Pro only) That's a lot isn't it, for the latest drivers? That's why Creative is so notorious for their irresponsibility as a monopoly. Part 2: Installation Order Instead of installing the driver in the Audigy 2 ZS Driver CD first and then later overwrite the older one why not install it first. 1) SBAX_WEBUP_LB_2_08_0004 Then install the driver software utilities on the Audigy 2 ZS CD. When you run the autorun setup on the CD and get to the menu where you can put a check on either driver or MediaSource, indicate that you want to install the drivers only. You can change what is installed later at the custom menu. When you get there, Don't install: -Driver -Product Tour -Remote Control -MD Plugin -Burner Plugin Now install the latest version of MediaSource MediaSource: 2) CMS_PCAPP_LB_3_30_21 3) CMS_GO_PCAPP_LB_3_10_15 Don't install the Mediasource skins if you don't want them. Once Mediasource is installed, you can install more driver control components that is part of Mediasource. Drivers: 4) SBA2_WEBUP_EAXC_031230 5) SBA2_WEBUP_THXCON_1_00_16 6) SBA2_WEBUP_DTSCON_1_00_06 Cleaning Up Now you are technically done at this point! If you want additional functionality of your soundcard you can download these optional plugins: MediaSource: 7) DVDA_PCApp_LB_2_00_75 8) CMS_BURNER_PCAPP_LB_3_10_18 9) CMS_MDC_PCAPP_LB_1_00_58 10) CMS_RMT_PCAPP_LB_2_30_02 On a last note, delete those annoying AOL icons on your desktop, start menu, favorites, and links. You may delete the folders AOD, ProdCat, Product Registration in your Creative folder in your Program Files. Also, disable the useless registration startup service called "UpdReg" that takes up system resources. Go to the Statup tab of msconfig and disable it there. Then go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete that key. Finally, adjust your settings to your preference, and enjoy! :cheers: You can install Vienna SoundFont Studio 2.4 if you want to.