I recently ran into this issue with my Creative Audigy 4 card after re-attempting to install drivers in Windows XP after experiencing a few things:
- Upon Creative Auto-Update the drivers were installed for the Audigy 4 card and the X-Fi card and yet only the X-fi was active upon reboot.
- Tried to install drivers for the audigy 4 card (downloaded drivers)
- Downloaded the drivers directly from Creative.com’s website and ran their driver installer.
- Their installer will remove the old drivers and then attempt to install the correct drivers.
So keep this in mind if you run into this issue with drivers that you’re not able to install since it is locked by an auto-installer.