For those who play this game, it no doubt works better in Windows 7 than in Vista. It actually works as well as it does in XP. I could only play 20-30 minutes before it would crash in Vista, but was able to run for 3 hours in Windows 7. Go figure. Also, I've discovered that the lack of surround sound only applies to the playback of audio files from within Windows itself (including movies), but in games (Gothic III) surround sound works fine. I'm using an X-Fi Gamer.