Alcohol 120% and Windows Vista

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I have installed the Alcohol 120% trial on the Vista RTM and the Windows-Vista was not able to boot any more. After the user has logged in the Vista just restarts with the blue screen.

To solve a problem I noticed that Alcohol uses few different drivers. Unfortunately online support forum of Alcohol development team could not help me, because drivers describe there ware just NOT installed on my machine.


Responsible drivers are:

xmasbus.sys and xmasscsi.sys


To remove them, go to registry and remove following entries:


HKLM/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services/xmasbus and



Do not forget to remove driver files from system32/drivers directory.


Posted Nov 27 2006, 09:58 AM by Damir Dobric


jon mak wrote re: Alcohol 120% and Windows Vista
on 06-01-2007 6:24

how do i get rid of those drivers if i cant get it to start up??

Matt wrote re: Alcohol 120% and Windows Vista
on 08-26-2007 9:12

Boot from the vista cd and use the repair tools.

Clueless1 wrote re: Alcohol 120% and Windows Vista
on 08-28-2007 10:49

umm.. so does this work or ?

Damir Dobric wrote re: Alcohol 120% and Windows Vista
on 08-29-2007 8:37

At the time of writing of this article this did NOT work. Probably because the Vista was not released yet.

However repair should work in the release version of Vista. Last but not least, recovering of the “Last known good configuration” should help too. is a .Net Community Blog powered by daenet GmbH.