Long time reader, first time writer. Just recently i started having this same problem, so i followed the FAQ advice for windows xp, without upgrading to SP2 because of the horror stories i've read with regards to other programs not running correctly with it. Unfortunately it didn't work, so I followed philpem's advice and delted that Hotfix, which seems to be where the problem was.
Although I'm happy that SonicStage is working, I'd rather not have to delete windows updates to get it to work. Kurisu, do you think this is the only way around the problem? Thanks a lot for all your help, keep up the good work.