Finally, A Fix for Windows 8 (and 10) OpenGL Error

UPDATE!

I totally love my readers! Thanks to everyone for all their input on keeping this hack/tweak up-to-date.  I love that we are all in this together!


Thaddeus added to our ever-expanding bank of knowledge. Thanks, Thaddeus.

“For some of the issues mentioned in comments in may be worth noting that following the link you provided to the Intel site only works if they have the exact same driver as you. They have to be able to find the appropriate Media Accelerator Driver and 32 vs 64 on their own before any of it will work.

Also for those following VERY literally – the “igdlh” file doesn’t read with the “.inf” extension in Windows 10, the 32 bit simply listed it as “igdlh” but it is the only file that is listed as system info and editable in note pad.

A quick note – the Minecraft Beta Windows 10 is an app – basically the Minecraft Pocket version being run on your PC so it will not have the same functionality as your PC version you are used to. If you already own the PC version you can get the beta version free (basically they know they “booted” a lot of players with the Win10 upgrade.”

We know Java 8 u60 versions or older are causing issues with Minecraft thanks to oghd12345. So possibly other OpenGL games will have issues with these versions of Java. If you need a different version of Java, try the company who produces it (Sun Microsystems) or download.com.

With Brian’s help, we now know that Microsoft didn’t feel the need to re-add OpenGL to their new OS release: Windows 10. So sad. But…never fear. Brian has tried the below fix on Windows 10, and says it works as well on it as on Windows 8. Yippee! Thanks again, Brian.

Theo commented he was having issues, but “tried one last thing [to install drivers]. Run it as administrator and also run it in compatibility mode for Windows 7.” It worked for him. Thanks, Theo, for the info.

Thanks to prasantahembram for the link (see the comment section below) on disabling driver signature enforcement in Windows 10. The link says Windows 10 Technical Preview, but it’s the same for standard Windows 10. I’ve added the steps below in the Disable Driver Signature Enforcement section.

If you are still having issues with this tweak, read the comments below this post; there could be a solution in those for you.

Happy Gaming!


Original Post:

I’ve been looking through options and ideas for a year. Yes, an entire year.

I like playing Minecraft and installing Windows 8 stopped that in short order.

I have Intel Mobile Series 4 Family Chipset drivers and Intel is not upgrading them for Windows 8 —thanks, guys (-.-!)—so I’ve been messing with work-arounds.

I finally have a solution that actually works and is easy to follow—I’m sure other solutions work, but I had trouble following them as I’m not a computer tech; I only know enough to be dangerous.

There are three parts:

1) Downloading and modifying Windows 7/Vista drivers;

2) getting Windows 8 to allow you to install unsigned drivers; and

3) finally installing your drivers.


 NOTE: At the end are instructions to disable automatic driver updates. It’s important because if your Windows 8 installs newer drivers, that will undo all the tweaks we’ve just made.


It might look complicated, but trust me. it’s only detailed steps that are easy to take.

I’ve also been told that it could work—it does—to force Windows 7 drivers to run on Windows 8, but it could cause problems. I haven’t had any, but I caution you to use at your own risk.

Intel Mobile Series 4 Family Chipset Drivers for OpenGL use with Windows 8:

Downloading and modifying Intel drivers

  • Download Win 7/Vista drivers in .zip format from Intel.com and Save it, don’t open it yet.

I used driver version 8.15.10.2555 (151718). Win7/Vista drivers are not all created equal. The newest driver on Intel.com (15.17.19.64.2869/ 8.15.10.2869) does not contain a igdlh64.inf file. FYI: You can also download the already unzipped drivers, but this way is much, much easier. There is headache involved with the unzipped as Windows 8 tries immediately to install and you hit a software/hardware incapability block.


AUGUST 2014 UPDATE: Thanks to Omar — Thanks, Omar 😀 —here’s the latest info. Under Graphics (step 4 below) use the kit49659.inf instead of the igdlh.inf or igdlh64.inf. I’ve left the older driver information below in case anyone needs it.


 NOTE: a follower replied that in the new Intel drivers (8.15.10.2869) instead of tweaking the igdlh64.inf file (igdlh.inf in 32-bit) under Graphics, a person can do the same to the kit49684.inf file.  I haven’t tried it, but it sounds perfectly logical and workable to me. This is spectacular news in case Intel ever stops offering the old driver downloads. (Thanks, Mark.)

This link is directly from Intel. I’m not certain how long it will be accessible. You can get the driver from other sites, but  be careful to uncheck the boxes that add other toolbars/ad programs, etc.  Download Link: Intel Driver 64_151718.zip

  • 1) Right-click the downloaded driver .zip file (no doubt saved under “Downloads”)
  • 2) Choose Extract to… any folder (write down or remember which folder). I use Winzip to unzip my files.
  • 3) Open the folder where you placed your unzipped drivers. It should look something like this.    
    unzipped folder
  • 4) In the Graphics folder, find igdlh64.inf , (or kit49684.inf in driver 8.15.10.2869, or kit 49659 in newer drivers) right click on it and choose to Open with Notepad.      
    igdih64.inf
  • 5) Copy everything under [IntelGfx.NTamd64.6.0] (or equivalent for 32-bit) and paste it under [IntelGfx.NTamd64.6.2]. It now should look like this:
    igdih64.inf revised

  • 6)  Go to File on the top bar and Save.

The drivers will not install. By default, Windows 8 will refuse to install unsigned or modified drivers. Getting the drivers to  install  requires disabling Driver Signature Enforcement.

2. Installing unsigned drivers on Windows 8 Pro       

Now, we need to start Windows in “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” mode to install any unsigned or modified driver.

NOTE: This section includes Windows 8, 8.1, and 10.


Theo mentioned having troubles at this step. He then ran install as administrator and in Windows 7 compatibility mode. It worked. Also he didn’t need to do anything special to install the drivers in Windows 10, but reader prasantahembram did so he sent a link on disabling driver signature enforcement in Windows 10, I’ve added his info to the body of the post, but you can find the link in the comment section.


WINDOW 8: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

1) Choose the Settings option (gear icon) in Windows 8 by hovering the cursor over the top or bottom right corner of the screen.

Gear

  • 2) Choose Change PC Settings option

PC Advanced Settings

Windows 8.1 and 10 steps differ here (see Step 3a).

3) Windows 8: Choose General on the left hand side. Scroll down to bottom and choose Restart Now

General

–OR–

Windows 8.1: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

Follow the same steps as Windows 8 until you get through Step 2, then start at 3a. NOTE: From what I read Windows 10 is the extremely similar to Windows 8.1.

3a) Choose Update and Recovery

8.1 Recovery and Update

3b) Then Recovery

8.1 restart

  A huge thank you to Eightforums.com for the Windows 8.1 detail.

Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 steps are the same now.

  • 4) Click Troubleshoot

Troubleshoot

  • 5) Click Advanced Options

Advanced Options

  • 6) Click Startup Settings

Startup Settings

  • 7) Click the Restart button

Restart

  • 8) Choose the Disable Driver Signature Enforcement (mine is F7)

Disable Driver Sign

  • 9) Enter to start Windows.  There is a significant wait before the next screen appears, my Acer also went to the load screen for a split second.

-OR-

WINDOWS 10: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

There are a couple ways to do this in Windows 10, but below is listed the easiest one, and we are all about easy.  FYI: Windows 10 is almost identical to Windows 8.1 so if you’re a visual person scroll up.

Disable the driver signature enforcement in Windows 10.
a. Press together Win + C
b. Click on PC Settings.
c. Switch over to the “Update & recovery” section.
d. Click the Recovery Option on the left hand side.
e. In Advanced Startup section on the right hand side, click on “Restart now”.
f. Once your Computer has rebooted choose the Troubleshoot option.
g. Choose Advanced Options.
h. Then Startup Settings.
i. We’re modifying boot time configuration settings so you’ll need to restart your computer again here. Trust me it’s worth it. 😉
j. Choose the “Disable driver signature enforcement” option; probably F7 key.

Now you should now be able to install the driver needed. After the driver installs, rebooting will enable driver signature enforcement again.

 

3. Installing Downloaded Drivers

  • 1) Go to the folder where you saved your modified driver files.
  • 2) Click the Setup.exe file.

Several things will happen. The installer will ask if you’re sure you want to download an unsigned driver. You are, so click 3) Download Anyway. Also the screen will go wonky for a bit during the download. It will return to normal soon.

Intel install screen

  • 4) After install, hover again over top or bottom right corner and choose the Settings option.

Gear

  • 5) Choose Control Panel.

Control Panel

  • 6) Open and go to your Device Manager

Device Manager

  • 7) Expand your Display Adapters

Display adapters

  • 8) Right-click and choose Update Display Software

Update Device Software

  • 9) Browse my computer for driver software.

Browse

  • 10) Choose “Let me pick

Let me pick

Now follow the prompts and install the new drivers you just added.

FYI: No drivers with  WDDM 1.1 will allow OpenGL software.

Pick Driver to Install

Change Automatic Driver Updates:

You do this so Windows doesn’t undo the progress you’ve just spent time making.

Changing automatic driver updates will allow you to decide which drivers to install. Go ahead and install device drivers for your other hardware like printers, etc., but leave your Display Device/Graphics drivers alone. 😀

  • 1) Right click in lower left corner of screen and choose Search

Search-device installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2) Search under SettingsDevice installation” and choose to change them.

device installation change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3) Choose to Never install drivers.

never install drivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve done it ! Now start a game that uses OpenGL, like Angrybirds or Minecraft and see how you fare.

NOTE: If you have trouble, someone else probably did, too. Don’t forget to read the comments below. We discussed a few problems there. 🙂 Thanks.

And thanks for following Patti’s Pathways. 😀


 

DISCLAIMER: Any and all ideas presented in this blog are solely my own unless otherwise noted. I experience troubles with technology just like any other person, and if I stumble upon a fix or suggestion I feel could benefit others I pass it along. At no time, have I suggested or implied that I hold any degrees or certificates related to computer repair.

I have during my career assembled parts into working computers; done troubleshooting on hardware and software; utilized a great many computer programs and software; designed and updated websites and blogs; as well as created brochures, banners, and flyers.

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163 thoughts on “Finally, A Fix for Windows 8 (and 10) OpenGL Error

  1. Big Steveie

    Toshiba Satellite Window 10 Intel Series 4 express chipset
    Wanted to run Android emulator so as to use APK on laptop.
    The work around upgraded system and the OpenGL that this chipset can support will run.
    Thanks for your info, help and your good work.

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    1. Patti Post author

      Aurelius sent a blog link, and it’s basically the same thing I have, but in case you can’t follow mine, I’m approving the comment as you may be able to follow Aurelius’s instructions. I’ve opened the blog and so far haven’t had any problems with viruses, bugs, etc.

      Thanks, Aurelius.

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  2. Enrique

    I’m having trouble at the “Installing Downloaded Drivers” part. I go to the folder where I saved my files and start up the Setup thing. After, it says “Please install the latest version of Microsoft .NET Framework from Microsoft Download Center to run this application correctly. Are you sure you want to continue?” I installed the Microsoft.NET from their website, and after that message, another pops up saying “This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software.” I’m at a loss at this point.

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    1. Patti Post author

      Don’t install the driver. You just want pieces of the driver, not the entire thing. Reread my post slowly and you’ll see what I’m talking about. If you still are stuck, read the comment section; lots of great information there.

      It will work if you follow the steps exactly.

      Best of luck!

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    1. Patti Post author

      Thanks, prasantahembram. In my blog I listed the steps for Window 10, which are very similar to Windows 8.1; glad nothing changed drastically.

      Take care!

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  3. Aman

    looking at this a year later, and using this to help a friend. and By the way, I am oghd12345, I just got my wordpress account synced with my blog!

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    1. Patti Post author

      Hi Vitor,

      You should be able to use the 32-bit igdlh file for your specific graphics chip the same way as 64-bit.

      You don’t want to install the driver. You want to save the driver as a .zip file, then open the .zip driver file in Notepad or similar program, and do the copy and paste of the lines in the driver file. If you let Windows try to install the driver, you’ll get error messages about your system not meeting specifications. Read the other comments; there is information in them about installation errors and about 32-bit.

      Best of luck!

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  4. Gerard IP

    Patti,
    Thanks for the info. Your work triggered me to do something for my 965 and 945 chipset opengl issue, I finally got them work by just installing windows 7 version driver 8.15.10.1930 for both chipsets using the igdlh.inf in 8.15.10.1930. Actually the vista version also worked. I didnt have to do any cut and paste, I just upgraded the driver through device manager. Now I can play call of duty 1 on my two very old thinkpads x61t and x60 running windows 10 pro.
    Gerard

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    1. Patti Post author

      Hey! That’s awesome. I’m so glad I could help… in a roundabout way. And thanks for sharing the info. Maybe it’ll trigger thoughts for others.

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  5. Roys

    Thanks, I was tired of trying every setting did to Support opengl and search a lot but at last I found your tweaking and did the same.
    Hurray, 😄 mine craft works again, virtual box works again.
    Thanks a lot for making this page.
    Hope to see more tweaking in future.😀

    I did the tweaking with g41 chipset driver version 15.17.19.2869 downloaded from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/81517/Graphics-Drivers-for-Intel-G41-Express-Chipset

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