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“A service installation section in this INF is invalid”: a fix that worked for me

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Admittedly, Windows XP is an older operating system. However, my forensics laptop has to use it so I can use certain tools for imaging and investigations. Today, in testing an Android tablet, I was encountering the following error when trying to connect:

“A service installation section in this INF is invalid

So I said ok, this tablet doesn’t come with drivers on a CD, let me check out the manufacturer’s website to download the INF file. Easy enough. However, Windows kept giving me grief saying that it could not find it in the directory I downloaded it to.

In looking for a fix, I found options like editing the registry to modifying the INF file in Windows.  However, in the end, what fixed it was installing the Microsoft User Mode Driver Framework for WinXP. It can be found here.

Thanks to the following post for help:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1150211

So, if you encounter this error in WinXP, perhaps it may help. I can’t vouch for Win 7 :)

Categories: Computing
  1. William
    July 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    This worked for me and a Kindle Fire

    • Jen
      July 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Great :)

  2. Justin
    December 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Perfect! thank you it worked a treat Jen :)

    • Jen
      December 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      You’re welcome :)

  3. Simon Walker
    January 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    mine still ain’t working

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