How to Make Windows 7 Drivers Work on Windows 8/8.1 (INF Modding)

Windows 8 has been officially launched and the most common problems that are encountered when you use a new OS are related to driver compatibility issues. Some drivers do not support Windows 8 and when you force to install the driver, Windows 8 will reject it. Different with previous versions of windows, the regulation of the drivers on Windows 8 is very tight, and you need more effort when you install a driver that does not officially support Windows 8. This time I will share my experience installing driver from a Prolink PCM100 USB Modem on Windows 8.

A few weeks ago I tried to install a driver from Prolink PCM100 on Windows 8 RTM x64. I used the “compatibility mode” on the setup.exe file and install it normally. After that I checked in the Device Manager and found the device status was “unknown device” then I tried to update the driver manually (still in the device manager) using the “.inf” file and the Windows 8 RTM accepted the “.inf” file, though the file is designed only for Windows 7.
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Dell Inspiron 15 (3542) Windows 10 x64 Drivers (64-bit)

Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Laptop

Windows 10 x64 (64-bit) Drivers, Applications and BIOS for Dell Inspiron 15 (3542)*:

Drivers:

Realtek ALC3223 High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Version 6.0.1.7520,A00

Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Windows 10 x64 (64-bit)
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Intel Chipset Driver Version 10.1.1.7,A00

Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Windows 10 x64 (64-bit)
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Intel Management Engine Interface Driver Version 11.0.0.1153,A00

Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Windows 10 x64 (64-bit)
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Realtek Card Reader Driver Version 10.0.10125.31214,A00

Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Windows 10 x64 (64-bit)
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Dell Touchpad Driver Version 19.0.9.4,A00

Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Windows 10 x64 (64-bit)
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HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Drivers Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Entertainment Notebook PC

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Drivers for Windows 8 x64:

*Most of these drivers are compatible with Windows 8.1 64-bit editions.

Driver-Audio (1):

IDT Audio Driver Version 6.10.6418.0 43.0 MB

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)
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Driver-Chipset (2):

Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver Version 9.3.0.1021 2.6 MB

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)
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Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI) Driver Version 8.1.0.1263 31.8 MB

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)
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Driver-Graphics (2):

Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver Version 9.17.10.2817 136.5 MB

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)
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AMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver Version 9.0.0.0 297.2 MB

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)
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Driver-Keyboard, Mouse and Input Devices (3):

HP Wireless Button Driver Version 1.0.6.1 2.7 MB

HP Pavilion dv7-6c90us Windows 8 x64 (64-bit)
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Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Drivers Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)

Compaq Presario CQ57 310US

Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Drivers for Windows 8* (32-bit & x64/64-bit):

*Most of these drivers are compatible with Windows 8.1 as well.

Driver-Audio (2):

Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Version 6.0.1.6543 148.8 MB

HP Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Version 6.0.1.6543 142.7 MB

HP Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Driver-Graphics (1):

AMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver Version 8.982.7.0 208.3 MB

HP Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Driver-Keyboard, Mouse and Input Devices (1):

Synaptics TouchPad Driver Version 15.3.33.0 105.2 MB

HP Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Driver-Network (3):

Broadcom Bluetooth Software Driver Version 12.0.0.2100 165.8 MB

HP Compaq Presario CQ57-310US Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows 8 Version 6.30.59.49 24.5 MB

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HP Pavilion g4-1207nr Drivers Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)

HP Pavilion g4-1207nr

Windows 8 Drivers* for HP Pavilion g4-1207nr (32-bit & 64-bit/x64):

*Most of these drivers are compatible with Windows 8.1 as well.

Driver-Audio (1):

IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Version 6.10.6425.0 43.3 MB

HP Pavilion g4-1207nr Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Driver-Graphics (1):

AMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver Version 8.982.10.5000 208.9 MB

HP Pavilion g4-1207nr Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Driver-Keyboard, Mouse and Input Devices (1)

Synaptics TouchPad Driver Version 16.2.10.12 125.8 MB

HP Pavilion g4-1207nr Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Driver-Network (7):

Broadcom Bluetooth Software Driver Version 12.0.0.2100 165.8 MB

HP Pavilion g4-1207nr Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Qualcomm Atheros AR9000 Series Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows Version 1.00 31.6 MB

HP Pavilion g4-1207nr Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth 4.0+HS Driver for Microsoft Windows Version 1.00 180.6 MB

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