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Windows 7: Installing a XP driver on Win 7

18 Oct 2016   #1
DMHlidor

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Installing a XP driver on Win 7

Hi, I put Win7 on my brothers (very) old IBM T30;
Everything works fine except the sound driver - Audio Devices [ <- That's the driver's name ].
I guess it's incompatible with windows 7..

My Question is-
Is it possible to install the windows xp driver on my win7?
Or (and this is probably a bit more complicated- if even possible, but I'll ask anyway)- run windows XP through a virtual machine on the current OS (win7) and use the XP's output?

thanks..


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18 Oct 2016   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The XP audio driver is not compatible with Windows 7. Vista drivers are compatible.

A virtual machine running XP MAY work.
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18 Oct 2016   #3
TrustMe

 
 

Did you try installing the driver in compatibility mode? Here is a guide.

Compatibility Mode
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19 Oct 2016   #4
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

XP drivers are not compatible with Vista or higher so don't even bother with compatibility mode. You can get a usb sound card. USB, Sound Cards, Sound Cards, Components - Newegg.com
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19 Oct 2016   #5
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Starting with Vista, Windows handles some sound functions differently than XP and the main reason the XP drivers are not compatible.

I used to work the Dell forums and users tried many different ways to make XP drivers work and they all failed.
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19 Oct 2016   #6
DMHlidor

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote:
Did you try installing the driver in compatibility mode? Here is a guide.

Compatibility Mode
I don't think that's possible, since it's not a program (the driver's installation files cannot be changed)

Quote:
XP drivers are not compatible with Vista or higher so don't even bother with compatibility mode. You can get a usb sound card. USB, Sound Cards, Sound Cards, Components - Newegg.com
Will this work?
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19 Oct 2016   #7
TrustMe

 
 

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19 Oct 2016   #8
DMHlidor

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Starting with Vista, Windows handles some sound functions differently than XP and the main reason the XP drivers are not compatible.

I used to work the Dell forums and users tried many different ways to make XP drivers work and they all failed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
XP drivers are not compatible with Vista or higher so don't even bother with compatibility mode. You can get a usb sound card. USB, Sound Cards, Sound Cards, Components - Newegg.com
Update:

Alright guys so after many hours of frustration I found the solution and it was simple:
I used windows update and it downloaded the correct (and wierdly,working) driver for the audio, so everything works fine now.

thanks
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20 Oct 2016   #9
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
Just because you can run the installer in compatibility mode doesn't mean that the drivers will install or function correctly. There is a big difference. Drivers for XP generally aren't compatible with Vista/7 even if you can run the installer in compatibility mode. For stability you need to install Vista or 7 drivers and preferably those for 7 but in my experience most Vista drivers will work. Incompatible drivers can cause blue screens or freezes.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHlidor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Starting with Vista, Windows handles some sound functions differently than XP and the main reason the XP drivers are not compatible.

I used to work the Dell forums and users tried many different ways to make XP drivers work and they all failed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
XP drivers are not compatible with Vista or higher so don't even bother with compatibility mode. You can get a usb sound card. USB, Sound Cards, Sound Cards, Components - Newegg.com
Update:

Alright guys so after many hours of frustration I found the solution and it was simple:
I used windows update and it downloaded the correct (and wierdly,working) driver for the audio, so everything works fine now.

thanks
Generally I don't trust Windows update to find the correct or best driver so I ignore drivers offered through WU. I'm glad it worked for you though.
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