How to install a Proxmark3 Driver on Windows 8.1 and 10

September 28, 2015

Follow the instructions below to install the Proxmark3 CDC drivers on a computer running Windows 8.1. The steps below will work with Windows 10 as well except for one change that is noted in step 4. 

Before beginning, be sure to download the CDC Driver.

A video of the instructions can also be found below:


Step 1: Connect Proxmark3 to Computer.

Step 2: Bring up the Run Command by holding the Windows Key and R.

Step 3: Type in "devmgmt.msc" in the run terminal. Then click "OK".

Step 4: Open up "Other Devices" tab. Then right click on "Unknown Device".

Note: In Windows 10 the device will show up under ports as "USB Serial Device" and will be assigned a COM port. 

Windows 10 - Device Manager

Step 5: Click "Update Driver Software..."

Step 6: Click on "Browse my Computer for Driver Software"

Step 7: Click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"

Step 8: Click "Next"

Step 9: Click "Have Disk..."

Step 10: Click "Browse..."

Step 11: Navigate to "CDC (new serial interface)"

Step 12: Select "proxmark3.inf" file. Then Click "Open"

Step 13: Click "Ok"

Step 14: Click "Next"

Step 15: You will receive a message saying "Windows encountered a problem installing the driver software for your device." This is caused by Windows Driver Signature Enforcement.

Step 16: Now we will disable Windows Driver Enforcement. Bring up the "Charm Bar"

Step 17: Click "Settings"

Step 18: Right Click "Power" 

Step 19: Hold "Shift" and Click "Restart" 

Step 20: Click "Advanced Options"

Step 21: Click "Startup Settings"

Step 22: Click "Restart"

Step 23: Press "7" to disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement. The computer will now restart.

Step 24: Go back to Device Manager

Step 25: Right Click on "Unknown Device"

Step 26: Click "Update Driver Software..."

Step 27: Click "Browse my Computer for Driver Software"

Step 28: Your driver should still be selected, click "Next". The driver will now install.  

Finished: Your Driver is now installed.



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