I seem to be having similar probs with my Creative as the previous posters. I have Vista, which once recognized my player, and for some reason now will not detect it at all. I've emailed them and tried EVERYTHING possible and can't seem to get Vista to even detect the player. When i plug it in, the only thing that happens now is that the player turns on. It won't even charge with Vista anymore. However, my player works perfectly fine on our XP. But that computer has some electrical issues which does not make it reliable, so that's why i want to get this thing working with Vista. ANY other suggestions other than your prior comment?
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When you plug the Mp3 player into 2 computers running slightly different versions of XP, a reformatting occurs which will cause it not to work on one PC or the other. You must reformat your player for the home computer. Actually, you might want to check the firmware also: Go to Creative's website and double-check the firmware - it will also give you the best way to reformat your player:
I got my Creative Zen Sleek Photo from a friend and everything I did wouldn't let Windows recognize it, but then I got it to work almost magically.
1. Make sure you have the proper drivers installed for it that come with the CD. If you don't have the CD, you can download the ISO here. http://wp.randyr.net/windows-xp/creative-zen-sleek-photo.html
2. Reboot. When it comes back up, plug the cable into your computer, then into your Sleek. The software should sync up. For some reason, my Zen wasn't being recognized from the usb port on my computer tower, but I plugged it into my monitor's USB port and then it worked. Try that, if none of that works, then it may be a problem with your computer not knowing which driver to assign to your Zen, and if so, try the steps below.
1. Plug your Sleek to your computer.
2. Open up Windows' Device manager (right-click on "My Computer" and
select "Properties". Go to the "Hardware" tab, then click "Device
3. Locate the entry for "Creative Zen Sleek" in your device list. It
should appear either under "Sound, video, and game controllers" or
under "USB Devices". Once you locate the entry, uninstall it.
4. Unplug your Sleek and wait a few seconds.
5. Plug your Sleek back in and allow the "new Hardware Wizard" to identify and install the drivers for it.
I'm having the exact same problem. My zen is 'charging' but isn't detected anywhere on my pc and I'd leave it charging for days but nothing happens. I've tried different usb ports, reinstalling the software several times but nothing. I recently reinstalled Windows and with my new pc my Zen cannot work on it for some reason?! I put previous files from my old pc onto my Zen hoping that I could transfer them onto my new Windows pc but I fear I've lost the data on my Zen completely. Arggh, any suggestions guys? Please..x
When you don't have the drivers-cd: - Download the XP-drivers of your webcam (and unpack them if they are zipped).
Else start with these steps
1. Uninstall whatever webcam driver you have previously attempted to install. 2. From the device manager, scan for new hardware, and your webcam will be recognized and will continue to search for a driver. 3. If asked for for further search.. choose the place where it must search (cd or your downloaded driver-map) 4. Just allow the prompts to continue with the installation. 5. When the driver is successfully installed, you can test it right away.
there might still be hope. If you downloaded firmware version 2.11.01 it will not be recognized by creative organizer; you will need to install plugins to make creative organizer recognize it again. Go to www.creative.com/support --> downloads and follow the links to download the plugins. There are 1 or 2 to download.
Do you have windows media player 10? If so then the zen should be recognized in wmp 10 and you can download songs that way.
If you have windows media player 11, you will need to roll back to windows media player 10 for it to be recognized.
NOTE: if you don't use windows media player to sync songs, then just ignore everything I said about it.