Pretending to be 32-bit to automatically install a driver

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Nathan Sokalski, May 4, 2010.

  1. I have a USB device that is used to wirelessly communicate with another
    device of mine. The drivers are installed automatically when the device is
    plugged into the USB. However, because the device was designed for 32-bit
    systems and I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, it does not want to install
    the drivers correctly. It did everything perfectly on my previous system
    (Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit). Is there any way to make my machine
    "pretend" to be 32-bit when I plug the USB device in so that the drivers
    will be installed correctly? At the rate most places are going with updating
    drivers, plugins, and other stuff for 64-bit, I have a feeling it might be a
    while before they give me anything designed for my system.
    Nathan Sokalski, May 4, 2010
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  2. Nathan,

    I have a scanner that only has a 32 bit driver. I installed it using the
    Windows XP virtual machine. This comes free with Windows 7 Ultimate -- I
    believe you need to download it from the MS web site.
    Ron Rosenfeld, May 4, 2010
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  3. Nathan Sokalski

    Carlos Guest

    Have you let Windows 7 64-bit to automatically search for drivers?
    Have you gone to the "usb device" manufacturer's web site and check if Win 7
    x64 drivers are available?
    Other than that the solution is to use your usb device with Windows XP mode
    virtual machine.
    Carlos, May 4, 2010
  4. Yes, I have let Windows 7 64-bit automatically search for drivers (including
    on the CD that came with the device), but it didn't find any. I have also
    been to the USB device manufacturer's website, and a response to an email I
    sent them they said that drivers for Windows 7 and 64-bit are not yet
    available (but 32-bit is available for Vista, which is why I am assuming
    there is some way for me to get it to work on my machine if I pretend to be
    32-bit). I have not yet tried the Windows XP mode virtual machine, so I will
    see if that works.
    Nathan Sokalski, May 4, 2010
  5. Nathan Sokalski

    Dave Warren Guest

    In message <> "Nathan
    It's not a matter of "pretending" to be 32-bit, 32-bit drivers simply
    don't work in 64-bit.

    If your version of W7 includes XP mode, you may be able to use USB
    drivers from XP mode since XP mode is a x86/32-bit environment.
    Dave Warren, May 4, 2010
  6. Nathan Sokalski

    Tony Harding Guest

    Not clear - 64-bit drivers for Vista? They usually work on Win 7 64-bit.
    Tony Harding, May 18, 2010
  7. Nathan Sokalski

    c d Guest

    Wrong - the driver author made the mistake of checking if the OS is "XP", but XP64 is actually "windows server 2003", which failed their "is this XP" check - it's a common error. If the check is bypassed, the drivers will work just fine.
    c d, Nov 28, 2010
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