edit 2: SOLUTION FOUND! CHECK http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster&message.id=135069#M135069 FOR DOWNLOAD LINK disclaimer: this is not an "official" driver so download and install at your own risk. worked for me though! edit: just tested my video card theory by installing the sound driver in safe mode, then disabling the device, then booting into regular mode and disabling my radeon, then enabling the sound driver...immediate BSoD hey guys- just loaded up a fresh install of the beta onto my computer everything working fine except that i needed to install the drivers for my Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio i downloaded the most recent program from Creative online, and every time it gets to the stage where Windows actually installs the drivers, i get a blue screen of death then, whenever i restart, i get it again during the startup process and i cant boot in order to go back, i have to system restore every time to make it more interesting, i have tried loading into safe mode and everything works flawlessly i can install properly in safe mode, i can reboot to safe mode and it will display correctly in device manager but i can't hear anything in safe mode because the audio service is off etc i tried going through msconfig and unchecking all services and programs, but i still cant load regularly my new theory is that somehow my video card driver is interfering with the creative driver i'm running an ATI Radeon 1600 with the pre-release driver from windows update anyone think this could be the problem? other suggestions?