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[DRIVER] [GUIDE] Finally, how to get fastboot to work on Windows 8.1

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25th August 2014, 12:19 AM   |  #1  
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Hi guys,

One issue appeared with Windows 8.1 which I found very annoying : the Wildfire S wasn't recognized anymore in fastboot mode. Not very useful to flash system or recovery images... Usually, the solution was to use Linux, but one cannot (or doesn't want to) install Linux on one's PC :P
So thanks to Auth from 4pda and @niks255 (I'm actually only reposting it here), we now have a way to make these drivers work on Windows. Here's what you need to know :

The actual issue is caused by a lack of BOS descriptor : the Wildfire S doesn't provide any although it has USB > 2.00. Windows 8 accepted it, but not 8.1.
To use this patch, you must have KB296791 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2967917/en-us) installed. To check this just go to Control Panel - Programs and features - View installed updates and type KB296791 in the searchbox on the right top corner. If you don't have this update installed, just update your Windows using Windows Update.
Then, download the attached registry key file, Fastboot.reg.txt and rename it to Fastboot.reg.
Open an admin console by right-clicking on the Start button and choosing Console (admin). Then type the regedit command. The registry manager should now open.
Choose File/Import key and import Fastboot.reg.

Done ! It was that simple. Now you can use fastboot whenever you wish
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25th August 2014, 03:03 AM   |  #2  
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This isn't limited to just the Wildfire S, right? I have an HTC One S that I'd like to get this working with.

EDIT: Just tried it and it worked! Thank you so much for posting this!!!
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25th August 2014, 07:41 AM   |  #3  
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This isn't limited to just the Wildfire S, right? I have an HTC One S that I'd like to get this working with.

EDIT: Just tried it and it worked! Thank you so much for posting this!!!

Yeah sure you can use this with every phone Glad it helped you !
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Originally Posted by izi501

Hi guys,

One issue appeared with Windows 8.1 which I found very annoying : the Wildfire S wasn't recognized anymore in fastboot mode. Not very useful to flash system or recovery images... Usually, the solution was to use Linux, but one cannot (or doesn't want to) install Linux on one's PC :P
So thanks to Auth from 4pda and @niks255 (I'm actually only reposting it here), we now have a way to make these drivers work on Windows. Here's what you need to know :

The actual issue is caused by a lack of BOS descriptor : the Wildfire S doesn't provide any although it has USB > 2.00. Windows 8 accepted it, but not 8.1.
To use this patch, you must have KB296791 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2967917/en-us) installed. To check this just go to Control Panel - Programs and features - View installed updates and type KB296791 in the searchbox on the right top corner. If you don't have this update installed, just update your Windows using Windows Update.
Then, download the attached registry key file, Fastboot.reg.txt and rename it to Fastboot.reg.
Open an admin console by right-clicking on the Start button and choosing Console (admin). Then type the regedit command. The registry manager should now open.
Choose File/Import key and import Fastboot.reg.

Done ! It was that simple. Now you can use fastboot whenever you wish

I believe a really big thank you is required............ FINALLY I can flash stuff via my PC. Thanks a ton for reposting this here!
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Thank you!! I've found so many forums around the internet where people have the same problem with no fix; this is great! This worked to make fastboot recognize my HTC Incredible 4g LTE (fireball) in the command prompt! Hallelujah!
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