Setting your Creative/SoundBlaster Device as the Default Playback/Recording Device in Windows

For Windows 7/8/10:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on the keyboard. In the Run prompt, type mmsys.cpl and then click OK.
  2. Under the Playback tab, right-click the Creative audio device which you are using.
  3. Click Set as Default Device.
  4. For recording; under the Recording tab, right-click the Creative audio device you are using then Set as Default Device.
  5. Click OK.
select default playback device in Windows 7


select default recording device in Windows 7


    • In some cases, your Creative device may be tagged as "Disabled" and cannot be seen from the list of Playback/Recording devices. To resolve this, you will need to right-click and choose "Show Disabled Devices" (as shown below)

     show disabled playback and recording devices in sound settings of Windows 7

    • After this, right-click on your Creative playback/recording device and select "Enable". You may tick the "Set as Default Device" option after you enable your device (both screens shown below).


    • You may also right click on your Creative recording/mic device and tick the "Set as Default Communications Device" if your default recording/communication device is different from your default device (image below).


  • In order to ensure optimal performance from your Creative speaker set, kindly ensure that you have the correct settings. To do this, click on the "Configure" button on the lower-left portion of the panel, then select the speaker setup respectively (image shown below).
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