Installing the EasyFlash 3 Driver in Windows 10

I finally decided to purchase an EasyFlash 3 cartridge from RETRO Innovations.  As is typical the documentation was nonexistent, so it was time to dig and figure out how to load .crt images onto the cartridge.  Didn’t take me long to find this website.  All the directions seemed easy enough, obviously the first thing that I needed to do was get the drivers installed, which is detailed on this page.  If everything had gone as documented I would not be writing this post!

Following the Directions (sort of)

Plugging in the EasyFlash did not bring up a driver installation dialog it just auto installed something unspecified.  I figured I would check the Device Manager to see what it had done and if it was anything close to correct.

Well I don’t know what correct is, but this is very likely not correct.  Ok, well I will download the driver from here and update the driver by hand.  Once the drivers are unzipped somewhere, I just put them in “Desktop\EF3-driver-windows”.  Right click the EasyFlash 3 device in the Device Manager and select “Update Driver Software…”.

Select a “Browse my computer for driver software”.

Navigate to where you downloaded the driver, click “Next” and that should be that!

Swing and a miss!  This error message came up.

Ok if you have ever dealt with Windows 10 drivers you know now a days every driver has to be digitally signed for “security” and Windows no longer lets you install unsigned drivers at all.  Well this is very bad news.

What Now?

Searching the internet I found this post.  This lead me to this post on how to disable driver signature verification.  For me this was a non-starter, for a variety of reasons, so what are my other options.  I happen to notice the below image on the driver install page.

The image shows that the EasyFlash 3 is a “libusb (WinUSB)” device.  Lately I have been dealing with the intricacies of the ZoomFloppy, which is story I will tell in a separate post.  With the ZoomFloppy you have to use a third-party tool to install a signed libusb-based driver.  The tool also allows for the installation of a signed WinUSB driver.  Lets see if we can make it work!

Trying Zadig

The driver installation tool is call Zadig and can be downloaded from here.  So I downloaded and ran it.

It recognizes that the EasyFlash doesn’t have a driver.  So I select the “WinUSB” driver and hit “Install Driver”.  Lets check the Device Manger again.

This looks promising!  So I hooked it all and tried transferring a crt image as described here.

SUCCESS!!  So there it is.  How to install the EasyFlash 3 driver in Windows 10 without disabling driver verification.  Any questions, just let me know.

2 Replies to “Installing the EasyFlash 3 Driver in Windows 10

  1. A very late reply:

    You can actually have Windows install it without using any .inf files.

    Go to device manager, right-click on the EasyFlash device, and select Update Driver. Then choose to Browse for drivers, and “Let me pick from a list…”

    From there, choose Winusb device, and click Next. Say Yes to the warnings, and you’re done. The device is installed, no weird 3rd-party signing packages needed.

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