Troubleshooting ADB Driver Installation on Windows 8.1

Troubleshooting ADB Driver Installation on Windows 8.1

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Installing Android Debug Bridge (ADB) drivers on Windows 8.1 can sometimes be a challenge, especially when the installation process does not go as smoothly as expected. This guide is designed to help users navigate through common issues and successfully install ADB drivers for their devices.

Common Installation Challenges and Solutions

Here are some typical scenarios you might encounter and the steps to resolve them:

Error Code 43 in Device Manager

  • Install the Compatibility update from Windows.
  • If the issue persists after the update, a system restart may be necessary.

Device Listed as ‘Android’ with Error Code 28

  • The Google USB Driver may not always work. Instead, try installing the latest OEM USB Drivers specific to your device.
  • If your device is not listed, you can use the Samsung USB Driver as it has been found to work for various devices, not just Samsung.
  • After installing the drivers, restart your computer.
  • Go to Device Manager, update the driver software for the Android device, and select “SAMSUNG Android ADB Interface” from the list of device drivers.

These steps have been effective for a range of devices and have enabled users to use their tablets for development under Windows 8.1.

Alternative Solutions

If the above methods do not work, here are additional approaches that others have found useful:

  • Universal ADB Driver: A signed driver that is compatible with Windows 8 and does not require disabling driver signature checks.
  • Manual Installation: For some users, directly running the “android_winusb.inf” file found in the “extras/google/usb_driver” directory of the Android SDK has resolved their issues.
  • USB Composite Device Selection: Updating the driver by selecting “USB Composite Device” instead of “Android Composite Interface” has helped some users connect their devices.

Introducing Repeato

For app developers and testers, dealing with ADB and driver installation is just one part of the process. Once your device is connected and recognized, you’ll want to ensure your app is functioning correctly. This is where Repeato comes into play.

Repeato is a no-code test automation tool for iOS and Android that streamlines the creation, execution, and maintenance of automated tests for your apps. With its computer vision and AI capabilities, Repeato makes it fast and easy to edit and run tests. Moreover, with ADB on board, Repeato allows you to execute ADB commands via script steps, enabling precise timing and sequencing for your automated tests.

Whether you’re dealing with ADB driver installation or looking to automate your app testing process, Repeato provides a robust and efficient solution. Learn more about how Repeato can enhance your app development workflow by visiting our documentation or downloading the tool from our download page.

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