Installing device drivers on your Windows PC is very essential for your Android device to connect and communicate with the PC using various modes like ADB, Fastboot, MTP. Usually it’s easy to install drivers on your PC but sometimes things get so frustrating when there are conflicting drivers on your PC or some other issue is preventing you from installing the drivers properly.
So, to make sure that your driver installation has a high chance of success, let’s see few of the important things to be taken care of before proceeding with the driver installation. We will show you how to uninstall any previous driver installations and also how to disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 8/8.1 PCs which is known to cause hindrance to drivers that are not digitally signed.
Without any further ado, let’s begin cleaning your PC of any leftovers:
Uninstall any previous drivers
First, lets simply see in the Device manager for any previous driver installations and remove the leftovers. Follow the below steps.
- Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB cable.
- Open device manager on your PC. To do this, search for Device Manager from Start and click to open.
- You will see a list of all devices attached to your computer in the device manager. If you see any drivers related to Android or to your device, right-click on them and select Uninstall. Click OK to confirm uninstalling the drivers.
- Don’t worry if you can’t see any previous drivers, it’s a good thing. If there are no previous driver installations, you might see your device name in the ‘Other devices’ list with a yellow exclamation mark.
Tip: Toggling the USB Debugging option ON/OFF on your device while connected to PC might help detecting any old driver on your PC.
Use USBDeview to dig a little deeper
USBDeview is a freeware that lets you view all the USB devices and their drivers that are connected to the PC currently or at an earlier point. This is a very precise tool that gives a lot of information on the drivers installed on your PC. So, here’s what you have to do.
- Download the USBDeview software from here.
- Extract the downloaded zip file and run the USBDeview utility from the extracted folder.
└ Note: Antivirus on your PC might warn USBDeview as malicious but it’s well approved by a large community, so ignore the warning.
- Open the USBDeview utility and take a look at the colored status indicators on the left side. Our concern is with the Gray colored drivers related to Android which are installed but not connected.
- Remove all the Gray coloured drivers which has words like ‘Google’, ‘Linux’, ‘ADB’ or ‘Android’ in the title. Be careful with the drivers you remove, don’t fiddle with all the drivers as that may cause other devices to malfunction with your PC.
- This should remove any previous Android drivers from your PC.
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 8
After following the above two tips, you should have left with a clean PC with no previous Android device drivers installed. Now lets see another important issue on Windows 8/8.1 PCs which causes issues with drivers which are not digitally signed.
Windows 8 and 8.1 users need to disable the driver signature enforcement feature to be able to install the drivers which are not digitally signed. Some of the device drivers or the universal drivers might not come digitally signed, so you have to disable driver signature enforcement for their proper functionality.
- Press the Windows key + C buttons on your PC to bring the Windows Charms menu on your PC. Then click on the Settings icon from the charms. (Click for Image)
- Now you will see the settings menu, click on Change PC Settings at the bottom. (Click for Image)
- Select on General tab, then click on the Restart Now button under the Advanced start-up menu. (Click for Image)
└ Note: In Windows 8.1, the Restart Now button has moved to PC Setting → Update & Recovery → Recovery.
- After restarting, click on Troubleshoot option. Then on the Advanced Options and finally on the Windows Startup Settings. (Click for Image)
- Click on the Restart button on this screen.
- After restarting your computer for the second time, choose Disable driver signature enforcement from the list by typing the number 7 or F7 on your keyboard. (Click for Image)
- The PC will restart automatically.
Once the PC is restarted, you should be able to install drivers which are not digitally signed such as the Universal naked drivers.
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