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Windows 7: Installing Drivers in Compatibility Mode


22 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Installing Drivers in Compatibility Mode

I understand and know how to right click change the compatibiltiy mode of a driver if it is an .exe. No problems there.

My problem is that all I have is the XP compatible drivers, that are normally found and installed automatically from the disc. There is no .exe on the driver disc that installs the driver. So Windows 7 will not see the driver and install it automatically.

The device I am trying to install is a PCI modem, Intel based chipset. I have the driver files, simply don't know how to make Windows 7 see them as XP since there is no .exe to install them.

Please any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

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22 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Can you give us the exact name and model number of your modem? We may be able to find the correct driver online for you. If it is XP only, you can install whatever you download in compatibility mode.
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22 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

It is simply the Intel v.90/v.92 Modem. I have the original box, it says Intel all over it. It shows up as PCI simple communications controller in Device Manager. As I said I have the .inf and the .dll, and all the files needed if Windows could search the disc and automatically install them. It worked perfectly in XP. I just don't know how to make Windows 7 Ultimate 64 see it in XP compatibility mode without a .exe to change. If I have to I'll just take it out, but I'd rather keep it. Thanks for the help.
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22 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Sorry it is the Intel 536EP v.92 modem, I took this from the .inf file on the driver.
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22 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for updating with the right model number. Some of the websites I went to were kind of shady, so I found the right driver, downloaded it, scanned it with two AVs, and uploaded it to here in a zip file for you to download. Download it, extract it to your desktop, and run it in compatibility mode for XP. We will see if it works, but since you have 64-bit Windows, you may have some trouble with it being a 32-bit driver. Try it out and we will see what happens.

intel-536ep-460-2winxp.zip


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22 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah, thanks, after I got into the .inf and got the model I also downloaded that file, it doesn't work. I'm with you though those sites were really trying hard to to fool you into taking their crap. I guess it's a loss.

Thanks a lot.
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22 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Usually 32-bit drivers will not work at all with a 64-bit computer, and the rest of the time, they may install, but cause major problems.
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