I’ve recently been playing around with my old Athlon XP 1800 box and Windows 7. There is no way Vista would approach usability on that old hardware, but Windows 7, suprisingly, does just fine.
Most hardware was recognized out of the box, even a WiFi card that Windows XP never was able to find on its own. All hardware, that is, except for my poor, old Sound Blaster Live! card. He got completely ignored by Windows 7. Abandoned, actually. Poor guy.
So I went to the Creative Support site, dug around in their archives (note: you have to do a search at the bottom of the product page to see all the downloads), and found some Windows XP Drivers for my old Soundblaster Live.
Although the driver I found was a bit outdated, I thought it was worth a try. When I ran the installer, however, it just flashed a message about not being able to find any Sound Blaster cards on my computer. Darn.
But then, after closing the installer, Windows 7 helpfully suggested that I re-run with some “suggested settings.” That did the trick.
Say what you want about Microsoft, but they’ve always amazed me with what still runs under the latest version of Windows.
Update: Check the comments below for many more tips from the community on getting your old Soundblaster Live! working in Windows 7…