Joined to say that I have no problems with Alcohol 52% on W10 1809 (OS Build 17763.404).
Problems creating Virtual Drive
Posted 03 May 2019 - 04:33 PM
I did the update to Windows 10 1809 and it worked yesterday but now the problem happens again today.
I have the following windows updates over the last two days. Which one do you think is causing the problem now?
I have the same problem as you.
Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:05 PM
Using Alcohol 120% on Windows 10 64bit version 1809 with those updates mentioned earlier and I can no longer create virtual drives once again but I can confirm that the portable version works fine with creating virtual drives for now.
Posted 25 May 2019 - 07:40 AM
This appears to be related to updates installed by Microsoft in preparation for the update to Windows 10 1903, we have recently had reports from users who have no virtual drives on Windows 10 1809 our developer and Duplex Secure who make the SPTD driver are working on this.
You could try using our portable version if you require a virtual drive which you can download here: http://www.alcohol-s...ol_portable.php.
It works! Thank you!
Posted 25 May 2019 - 11:13 AM
Thanks the portable version works. Just wondered why you can't use the portable driver to fix the other apps e.g. 52% and 120%?
Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:19 PM
I had problems with this starting with the 1809 update and it's continuing with the 1903 update. I tried uninstalling the program and re-installing but it hasn't fixed the problem. I can't clean install my copy of Windows 10. Until you guys get this fixed, I'm just going to have to run Virtual CloneDrive from Elaborate Bytes, at least it's free and simple to install/use. But I'd like to get full functionality of this program back.
Posted 05 June 2019 - 02:51 PM
Our Development Team hope to release shortly a new version that fixes this problem.
Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:20 AM
After about two hours digging I found a somewhat simple solution to this problem, however, there is a caveat. The problem arises because Microsoft enabled something called "retpoline" by default via a recent cumulative update. Retpoline is a Spectre Variant 2 mitigation developed by Google which aims to provide Spectre V2 mitigation without performance degradation. I don't know the technical details of why this mitigation disallows installation of the AHCI virtual device driver. Here are the steps I took to get the Alcohol 120% virtual device working again on my fully updated (as of June 2019) Windows 10 v1809 system:
1. Use Alcohol 120% uninstaller present in the Alcohol installation directory (named "uninst.exe") to uninstall Alcohol 120% and related registry items.
2. Reboot computer
3. Disable Spectre V2 mitigation only via steps provided by Microsoft from this article → https://support.micr...rabilities-prot
OR type these commands into an elevated/administrator PowerShell prompt:
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v FeatureSettingsOverride /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v FeatureSettingsOverrideMask /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
4. Reboot computer
5. Reinstall Alcohol 120%
This will disable retpoline which might degrade performance very slightly (~1-3 percent). In my usage case it doesn't matter because I already have the latest Intel microcode installed via BIOS. On Intel Skylake processors and higher retpoline is disabled by default because it is not needed on those processors and is ineffective. If you feel safe disabling retpoline and have the latest processor microcode in your bios then you should be safe with this fix. Remember that this disables Spectre V2 software mitigation so if you have the latest microcode installed in your BIOS (hardware) then you will still be protected against Spectre V2, albeit without retpoline and its negligible performance gains.
Posted 23 June 2019 - 05:27 AM
Thanks for all the information and please wait for the next version of Alcohol. Until then you can uninstall the two mentioned updates that cause trouble (KBKB4462933 and KB4467702) or try with Windows 10 1809.
Looking forward to the new version because I cannot use it on Windows 10 19H1 (Version 1903, Build 18362).
Posted 24 June 2019 - 09:08 PM
Ok, so, huge problem regarding this on 1903 update, simply the virtual driver doesn't work. I tried to reinstall but it gives "install error" and works off. I uninstall this and I've tried to use SPTD remover to make a clean sheet. Windows fall out and I wasn't able to start my pc at all. Luckily I had a backup copy to use, so I gain it back.
I uninstall Alcohol 120% and I think I will not re install it again because there's too much problems about this program, it's clear that there's no development from months and no good support about bugs, windows has simply destroyed it.
Luckily portable free version is still able to mount ISO file (strange), I will use it untill microsoft allows it to work.
Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:49 PM
How's the problem fixing coming along? We're coming up on three weeks, and I sincerely don't mean to be a bother, but I purchased a copy, and, yeah...
Posted 30 June 2019 - 11:06 AM
Hello dear people, I have a problem with Alcohol 120% (220.127.116.1112). I have Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise 64 bit 1903 b.z.w. 19H1 Alcohol 120% v18.104.22.16812 installed. The program unfortunately does not generate a virtual drive. Is Alcohol-Soft working or has the development been discontinued? Greetings,
Posted 11 August 2019 - 04:14 AM
Is this a problem again. I can't seem to create a virtual drive right now. I recently installed a large Windows update, but I don't know if that is when the problem started.
Posted 03 September 2019 - 04:15 AM
Please try to download and install the latest version of Alcohol instead and please let us know if you still have problems.
Posted 07 September 2019 - 08:10 AM
Can't create a virtual drive or burn anything. I am on the latest version I believe because it won't let me update to any other version. Microsoft's war on Alcoholsoft?
Posted 07 September 2019 - 07:42 PM
Which is the version of Windows and which is the version of Alcohol that you have?
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