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Drivers - Install Vista Drivers on Windows 7

How to Install Vista Drivers on Windows 7
Published by severedsolo
17 Jul 2010
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How to Install Vista Drivers on Windows 7

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Often, especially on 64 bit systems, Windows 7 will not install Vista drivers correctly first time, due to it not reporting itself properly. You end up with XP drivers that don't work. This tutorial will show you how to fix that.

When the Drivers are in a Setup File

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This method should be used whenever you have a "setup file" or .exe extension to run to install the drivers.

Leave the device unplugged while doing this (Unless the drivers are stored on the device, for instance a Mobile Phone)

If you have already installed the Incorrect Drivers, then do a System Restore, or Restore a System Image, to the point before you installed the drivers, otherwise this won't work.

1. Right Click the Setup File and Click "Properties".
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2. Click on the Compatibility tab.
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3. Check the box marked "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and select "Windows Vista" from the drop down list.

4. Check the "Run as Administrator" box.
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5. Run the setup file as normal, Hopefully Windows will now report itself as Vista, and will install the correct files.

When the Drivers are in a Zip Folder

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Once again:
If you have already installed the Incorrect Drivers, then do a System Restore, or Restore a System Image, to the point before you installed the drivers, otherwise this won't work.

If the drivers are in a Zip Folder, then extract them to the folder of your choice, plug your device in so Windows reports "Driver Installation Failed" then unplug the device and then do the following:

1. Open Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Device Manager)

2. Under "Unknown Devices" you will see your device listed. Right Click it and then click "Update Driver Software"

3. When Windows asks how you want to look for Drivers, click "Browse my Computer for Driver Software"

4. When it asks for the location of the driver click "Browse" and navigate to where you just extracted the driver to.

5. Double click the driver file, and then click "Next".

6. Once Installation is complete, plug your device in, Windows should then find the drivers, beep a few times and then it will be working


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This tutorial is the intellectual property of (c)2009 Martin Joy a.k.a severedsolo and is only authorised to be hosted on This tutorial is not to be copied without my explicit consent and when consent is granted the original author must be credited along with a link to this tutorial

17 Jul 2010   #1

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Thanks for the tutorial

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jul 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Very useful information. Thanks for taking the time to make this.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 10 64bit

what if it says that it does not meet system requirements this happens on my dads pc when i try to use vista drivers in compatibly and try to install them,so I been using the default vga basic driver
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

ACcording to AMD, these drivers will (partially) work under 7: ATI Catalyst
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

Thanks a lot for this info. It sounds like it's my situation. I'll follow its instructions later today and report back. Again, thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2012   #6

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
HP 1280 on windows7

This worked as a way to get my 1280 on my new windows7 computer, very simple and clear instructions. Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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