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Creative Labs News Update Feature:
Stinkin, Blinkin & Nod! Creative NewsUpd.exe
Purpose of this document: How To Disable Creative
Whether considered a feature or a
nuisance, getting rid of Creative's News Update can be a headache. If
your MotherBoard has On-Board Audio (CT 5880) or Sound Blaster Live!Ware
Drivers installed, you will have this nag installed without your
knowledge! This is a problem on Win98 machines and a bigger problem on
Windows 2000 machines!
On Win2000 with M/B audio CT
5880, there is NO Icon running in the Task Bar. This
is a process running in the background which is unable to complete
therefor causing other program installations to misbehave. Verify with
Win2000 TaskManager applet. Right Click on Tool Bar, select Task
Creative has a Virus on their News
Server web site the NewsUpD.exe applet tries to connect with. It hangs
causing other problems with your system. GET RID OF NewsUpD.exe!!!
You'll only get the virus if you know the URL and attempt to go there by
1.) From the top of
your Screen For Live!Ware Drivers:
Select, Live!Task, go to
the grayed out light bulb on right side.
- Next... Notice the
drop down menu.
Click on this menu and DESELECT
Monitor for LiveNews Update.
2.) From Play>
Center - Right Click on the Nomad graphic. SELECT
DISABLE News Update!!!
NO!!! No, No!!!
3.) For MotherBoard On-Board Audio
- CT 5880 (SB 128 WDM) -
From the Start Menu.
Select Programs, Creative, Creative PlayCenter.
Once the application initializes wait a a few seconds until you see the
screen above. When the Personal Digital
Entertainment Menu becomes
active then Right Click on Starts Here
to DISABLE News Update!!!
Detailed Scren Captures below provided with help of George
& Sandy Chastain, Build Or Buy Members. View:
Sound Blaster Live! User FAQs : Live!Ware...
SBLive.com Creative Launcher Suggestions:
do I disable News Update (newsupd.exe)?
Quote: "You can stop the News update by followings the
Run the file C:\Program files\Creative\News\NewsUpd.exe.
A dialog box will popup showing "News Update periodically
contacts Creative web site to retrieve the latest news. Do you want to
disable News Update on startup?"
Live! News Update program starts everytime my system starts up and
leaves a blinking globe in my system tray. Can I disable it and check
for updates at intervals of my own choosing?
may be two Live! News Update links installed, one in Creative Launcher
and a second installation in PlayCenter 2
To disable Live! News
Update, open Creative Launcher and click on the Live Task tab. Find
the icon with the gray lightbulb and click on the downward pointing
arrow to the right of it. This will reveal a drop down menu. Click on
the 'Monitor For Live!News Update' until the check mark disappears.
The Live!News Update program will no longer start as part of your
In PlayCenter 2, News
Update may be disabled by right clicking on the on the Marquee below
the play control keys in either Player or Jukebox views, and click to
add a check mark to 'Disable News Update'. In the Jukebox view, News
Update may also be disabled by right clicking on the News Screen under
the Transfer Window."
Considering the questions we've
received regarding this feature creep, here are the other details we've
discussed as follows:
Search Your HD For: C:\Program
Files\Creative for *.sys files.
You will find 2 such files (AdvServ.sys
& Default.sys) located in:
File Contents Of: AdvServ.sys (Below)
The *.sys Files (AdvServ.sys & Default.sys) are readable
ASCI Text files. The Server your system is trying to connect with [creativeinspire.com]
currently has a virus therefor keeping your system from updating this
info and thereby hanging your PC and possibly anything you're trying to
install! You will only get the virus IF you attempt to visit the URL
with your Browser, so Don't!
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