Windows 8 – Intel GMA 4500 driver adaptation

Probabil ca toti ati intampinat probleme la incercarea de a istala drivere de windows 7 pe windows 8. Daca in cazul altor drivere se intampla sa functioneze, in cazul driverelor pentru placile grafice intel acest lucru este imposibil.
Am gasit o solutie temporara pe pana cand cei de la intel vor scoate drivere pentru windows 8. Enjoy!

Windows 8 and Intel graphics driver

Edit: I’m surprised that people are still look at this blog post.  It’s a bit outdated (around 8 months), so there is a good chance that you don’t have to do these instructions.  Thanks for all the comments below that offer alternative suggestions.  I would recommend trying these options first:

  • Because Windows 8 is actually coming out very soon many of Intel’s drivers have been made for windows 8.  For example, this guide was for my laptop’s GM45 chipset.  Intel now has drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit windows 8. Always check Intel’s site for official drivers first!
  • Next “Unknown” mentioned that there was no need to mod any files for his Intel 965 Express chipset. This probably dependent on the specific installers for each chipset.  Before modding the files, just try it!  Hopefully you’ll get lucky.
  • Next “Testr” from the comments provide a link to some preedited drivers on windows eightforums.  These drivers are made by people much smarter than I and will most likely work the best for you.  If your chipset is not in that link I still suggest that you search the windows eightforums first.

IF none of that worked for you, here is the old guide. Good luck!:
Well this was something that I was trying to fix for days, so I could finally play a game or two.  In my laptop I have an integrated intel graphics.  To be specific, Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family (GM45).  This might work for other drivers they have, but I don’t know.  This guide is specifically made to overcome a obstacle that 64-bit windows have.  32-bit probably won’t have to follow the second half of this guide

So you would think since windows 8 has gone though development into customer preview, Intel would be on top of things and have drivers out… Well, not yet.  Actually windows 8 is a lot like windows 7!  Won’t the 7 drivers just work for 8 (granted not the best, but better than nothing?) Yes they will!  Will the intel 7 drivers nicely install? No they won’t!  So if you need something like OpenGL support for minecraft on windows 8, you’ll need these drivers. I gathered some instructions from the web, but I was running into vague error messages.  I finally figured out what each message meant, and I’m now enjoying my simple games.  Here are 5,10, or 15 easy steps I did:

  1. Download the Windows 7 drivers (zip) for your architecture (x64 or x86) Here is the download page for those having the 4 Series like me:
    4 series (32-bit)
    4 series (x64)
    If you have a different series, go to Intel’s download center and search for your chipset series
  2. Unzip it. (Do not just open the zip file or you could have problems opening, editing, saving, and running the installer!)
  3. Navigate explorer to that folder and go to the subfolder /Graphics/
  4. Find igdlh64.inf.  32bit will probably be named similar.  It’ll be the only .inf (setup information file) in that folder.  Open it withNotepad (Using word or wordpad might corrupt the file due to formatting!).  Find the line that says:
    %Intel%   = IntelGfx, NTamd64.5.1, NTamd64.6.0, NTamd64.6.2 
    ; no install on XP
    ; no install on Win8
    %iCNTG0% = iCNT0, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A42

    Edit that to remove the OS checking. We will deleted everything between 5.1 and no install on Win 8 (everything in red). When you are done it should look something like this

    %Intel%   = IntelGfx, NTamd64
    %iCNTG0% = iCNT0, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A42

    Make sure you also delete .6.0 from from “[IntelGfx.NTamd64.6.0]”. Save that file.

    —If you are 32 bit, this might be the end of the guide for you.  If 32 bit works without any more complication, hurray, reboot and enjoy.  If you are having more problems, continue—

  5. Now here come the tricky part.  I was getting a bland error message that it seems like no-one else was getting.  If I tried to install it just crashes without giving a reason for windows 64-bit.   I looked though the logs and found that it was a signed driver problem…  aka “it won’t install because windows says so” error. So we need to override that.  We are going to have to disable driver enforcement. Some comments below show that EasyBCD does not work, or their is an easier way. I’ll give two sets of instructions:

    Option A:
    The way I like to disable driver enforcement is to use EasyBCD.  It’s free for personal use, so don’t buy it (unless you want to donate).  If you wish to use the other way, skip down to Option B.  Find “Download free for limited, non-commercial use”

  6. Install, and run the program
  7. Go to advanced settings & Make sure windows 8 is selected
  8. Go to the advanced tab & check allow installation of unsigned drivers on 64-bit windows
  9. If you are sure you are an advanced user, click Save settings. Reboot. Skip past Option B below.

    Option B:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Alternatively sgryphon suggested instead of hitting F8 many times, before restarting your computer, go to the General – Advanced startup in the Windows 8 settings.  This should restart your computer and bring up the different boot options for windows without needing to press F8.
  3. If you did not use the advance startup, while your computer is booting up, continually press F8 until you get the screen that allows different boot options for windows. You should see “Safe Mode”, “Safe Mode with Networking” and so on.
  4. Find disable driver enforcement, and boot up with that option. See if you get the same error. (I do not know if you have to boot up using F8 every time after installing! Test to see if the driver works after you install if you tried option B (works for joshmertz)!
  5. Finally Go back to the Intel folder and run setup.exe.  When the red box of doom pops up saying it’s unsigned, accept it (you can trust Intel).

    —If your setup was like mine, this might be the end of the guide for you.  If it works without any more complication, hurray, reboot and enjoy.  If you are having more problems, continue—

  6. Still having Problems?  This part didn’t apply to me, but joshmertz had some other problems. Specifically: EasyBCD not disabling driver enforcement, and Setup.exe is not looking in the right spot for MediaSDK.
  7. First thing you want to do is go to C:/intel/logs/IntelGFX.log.  This shows what went wrong during installation.  Scroll down to the bottom.
  8. IF you see this:
    Looking for MediaSDK configuration at
    * config.ini not found
    Reading action file 
    ! Error loading action file

    Then we are having problems with Intel’s setup looking in the wrong spot. I’m not sure why, but this can be solved by copyingsetup.if2setup2.if2 files, and the MediaSDK folder, then pasting them inside the Graphics Folder. Try to install again.

  9. IF you see this:
    Installing C:\Users\JoshMertz\Desktop\Win7Vista_64_151718\Graphics\igdlh64.inf
    INF = C:\Users\JoshMertz\Desktop\Win7Vista_64_151718\Graphics\igdlh64.inf
    Execute command: C:\Users\JoshMertz\Desktop\Win7Vista_64_151718\x64\Drv64.exe 
    -driverinf "C:\Users\JoshMertz\Desktop\Win7Vista_64_151718\Graphics\igdlh64.inf" -flags 20 -keypath "Software\Intel\Difx64"
    ! DriverPackageInstall error 0xE000024B

    Then that’s the driver Enforcement kicking in. If you get this message, I’m not sure why EasyBCD didn’t work for you… sorry. Go back and try step 6 (option B) to see if that fixes the problem

  10. If all else fails, post your log in the comments and we’ll see if we can find a work around!

Congrats. if nothing went wrong, you now have new video drivers.  If something isn’t working (or heaven forbid you computer explodes) write me a comment, and we’ll see what I can do to help.


12 thoughts on “Windows 8 – Intel GMA 4500 driver adaptation

  1. Thankyou verymuch man . You Rock 😉 Thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx !! GreatFull To you

      1. Just to confirm that this works for me. My system is Dell Vostro V13. GPU should be x4500MHD. I first saw the link Leonardo pointed and entered test mode via bcdedit. Unfortunately this doesn’t work for 8.1, but following your guide drivers installed like a charm.

        One note: igdlh64.inf is missing in my download. The installation_readme.txt also mentiones it, but it is missing. There is a kit49684.inf file though and editing it worked in my case.

  2. I own you my life! Jesus I’ve tried TONS of things to fix this and you guys saved my life! I swear I was going to throw my PC through my window…

    Thank you so, so, so, so much! You deserve the world!

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