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Compatability Issues with Windows 8 for Windows XP drivers

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  • support for XP graphic card drivers (XDDM) is removed in Windows 8. YOU'RE UNABLE TO INSTALL THEM. Windows 8 requires WDDM drivers and in the case that there is no WDDM driver available it uses a new software rendering driver called Microsoft Basic Display Driver:

     

    Microsoft will be providing a WDDM-based Basic Display Driver that is a replacement for today’s in-box XDDM Standard VGA driver that will provide basic display functionality and software-based 2D and 3D rendering.


    Microsoft Basic Display Driver
    On Windows 8, The Microsoft Basic Display Driver will be the in-box display driver that will replace both the XDDM VGA Save and VGA PnP drivers
    . Following are the key benefits of this change: 
    • MSBDD helps enable a consistent end user and developer experience, because it is compatible with the newer versions of DirectX APIs and technologies such as the “Desktop Composition”.
    • Server scenarios can benefit from the higher functionality (specifically, features like reboot-less updates, dynamic start and stop, and so on) provided by the WDDM driver model. 
    • MSBDD will support Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Graphics Output Protocol (GOP).
    • MSBDD will work on both XDDM and WDDM hardware.

    The Microsoft Basic Display Driver is the default in-box display driver that is loaded during setup, in safe mode, in the absence of an IHV graphics driver or when the inbox installed graphics IHV driver is not working or is disabled. The primary purpose of this driver is to enable Windows to write to the display controller’s linear frame buffer.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Sunday, December 04, 2011 5:02 PM

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  • Making drivers compatible with Windows 8 is the responsibility of the device maker. If your device doesn't have Windows 8 drivers, request them from the manufacturer.

     

    If the drivers don't work/install, try installing them in compatibility mode. This can sometimes, but not always, work.

    Troubleshoot Compatibility

    This can help with some (but not all) programs/drivers:
    1) Uninstall the program if it's already installed. Then when you install/reinstall it instead of double clicking on the install file right click it and select "Troubleshoot Compatibility"
    2) Then click "Try Recommended Settings" and in the next windows click "Start the Program" to install it.
    3) After it installs see if it works correctly. Please note - some programs may not be able to run in Windows 8.

     

    Sunday, December 04, 2011 4:16 AM
  • I tried running the drivers in compatibility mode didn't work.

    I was just seeing my old Acer Travelmate Laptop would work.

    Been looking on the Intel site and they say they will not be updating the driver.

    My Laptop is working with the Graphic driver from Windows 8 but the screen size is small.

    Sunday, December 04, 2011 7:47 AM
  • Hi Keith,
    I am logged to a pc that came pre-installed with XP, later upgraded to Windows7 and now dual booted along with WDP, the OS I am replying you on. So, if you are persistent enough there is a fair chance you can run your WDP quite well. I suggest you type compatibility in the search box just near the top of this page and read how similar compatibility issues were resolved. I do hope you will get some answers that will work for you.
    Pl also ascertain that your screen resolution needs to be at least 1024x768 for Metro Apps to work and that your hardware meets the minimum requirements set for WDP.
    Irfan
    • Edited by Irfanfare Sunday, December 04, 2011 8:46 AM to complete the reply
    Sunday, December 04, 2011 8:26 AM
  • I suggest that follow these steps:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/troubleshoot-compatibility-issues-in-windows-8-developer-preview.aspx

    If that didn't solve your problem please post back the model and manufacturer of driver or hardware that you have problem with.

    Sunday, December 04, 2011 11:06 AM
  • support for XP graphic card drivers (XDDM) is removed in Windows 8. YOU'RE UNABLE TO INSTALL THEM. Windows 8 requires WDDM drivers and in the case that there is no WDDM driver available it uses a new software rendering driver called Microsoft Basic Display Driver:

     

    Microsoft will be providing a WDDM-based Basic Display Driver that is a replacement for today’s in-box XDDM Standard VGA driver that will provide basic display functionality and software-based 2D and 3D rendering.


    Microsoft Basic Display Driver
    On Windows 8, The Microsoft Basic Display Driver will be the in-box display driver that will replace both the XDDM VGA Save and VGA PnP drivers
    . Following are the key benefits of this change: 
    • MSBDD helps enable a consistent end user and developer experience, because it is compatible with the newer versions of DirectX APIs and technologies such as the “Desktop Composition”.
    • Server scenarios can benefit from the higher functionality (specifically, features like reboot-less updates, dynamic start and stop, and so on) provided by the WDDM driver model. 
    • MSBDD will support Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Graphics Output Protocol (GOP).
    • MSBDD will work on both XDDM and WDDM hardware.

    The Microsoft Basic Display Driver is the default in-box display driver that is loaded during setup, in safe mode, in the absence of an IHV graphics driver or when the inbox installed graphics IHV driver is not working or is disabled. The primary purpose of this driver is to enable Windows to write to the display controller’s linear frame buffer.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Sunday, December 04, 2011 5:02 PM
  • I gave up trying to get Windows 8 working on my Acer Travelmate 2304 which is over 7 years old.

    I got a surprise yesterday when I got a new hard rive for my other Laptop which is a Acer Aspire 6920G.

    Instead of reinstalling the Factory recovery disks (which has Windows Vista on it) I decided to install Windows 8 Developer Preview 64 bit.

    I only had to install 2 drivers for Realtek  High Definition sound and the Launchpad which is for the extra Keys on my laptop, got a spare button there I can use for any Program not decided which 1 to use at the moment.

    At the moment the Bio Protection (Finger print scanner) driver doesn't work.

    I had a look at the Device Manager and it seems Microsoft are making drivers got 1 for my Video Card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 (Engineering Sample).

    The CineDash Media Console works with Windows Media Player (This did not work in Windows 7) looks like Microsoft made a diver for that as well.

    Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:20 AM
  • I got the Bio Protection (Fingerprint) sensor to work on my Acer Aspire 6920G. I remembered when I was using Windows 7 on it I had to download the Intel Matrix Storage app to make it work.

    I can Shutdown and Logoff but not able to login maybe that could be added to the User part of Control Panel on the Start page where you can create a picture and pin login.

    Wednesday, December 07, 2011 12:51 AM