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Adept III
Adept III

Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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For many many years I have been able to install AMD W7 drivers on Windows 8.1 since they quit supporting it. 

However with the Adrenalin 2020 driver release its the first time I seen AMD not letting you install the driver at least not the control panel and all the extra features despite all the previous Adrenalin drivers working just fine on my W8.1 system.


I find it peculiar behaviour of AMD, I am very reliant on using Windows 8.1 because of stability and speed also because its still officially supported by Microsoft until 2023 whether they want to or not. 

Windows 7 is too old and out of support next year, Windows 10 is way too unstable causing way too many issues for me and Linux is out of question, its still mostly just a server OS hobby coded into a desktop OS with nothing in it, no AMD control panel or anything.

Has anyone managed to get Windows 7 drivers of Adrenalin 2020 to install on W8.1? I have only gotten the driver files themselves to install but the control panel refuses, I was wondering if I could overwrite the lock on the control panel and force it to install or recognise W8.1 as approved OS.

I have been AMD user for almost 22 years, I find it ridicules that regardless how featureless nVidia drivers are you are still allow to install it on W8.1, even if AMD does not support it, preventing you from doing it is anti-consumer and I assume that the Windows Server systems are not supported either.

If I had a company with 500 computers running Windows Server 2012 R2 and utilising AMD GPU's, suddenly AMD wont support these Server 2012 R2 because of POLITICS? It makes me heartbroken, and yes I do realise AMD Is just a giant Corporation but when nVidia AND Intel support these systems and wont block you out of them it makes me question this.

I am now either locked to old drivers forever, or forced to jump onto Windows 10 which means I have to backup my operating system C drive before it tries to update, everytime, each backup takes almost 4 hours. This is a lot of wasted time, currently I do backups each month, now I am forced to do it weekly or even multiple times a week because W10 updates always break at least something.

AMD needs to start listening and stop telling me where I cannot install my drivers, Windows 8.1 should be put in as unofficially supported again, I have had ZERO issues in W8.1 with them but Adrenalin 2020 put an entire stop on that for me.

And by the way AMD, it will take me 3 days to reinstall this computer and having to reconfigure, setup everything as it is currently on W8.1 which was installed first time in 2014, thanks very much.

Even the professional drivers for WX series are no longer available for W8.1, I have WX7100, I cannot even use it on my W8.1 system anymore either, ridicules.

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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Adrenalin 2020 can be installed on Windows 8.1 x64

1. Download latest version for Windows 7 x64 (Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.3)

2. Start installation, select folder for unpacking

3. When message that it could not be installed appears, close program

4. In "Device Manager" select your device with mouse right click and choose "Update Driver Software..."

5. Select "Browse my computer for driver software"

6. In next screen browse to folder where installation is extracted and choose folder "AMD\Win7-Radeon-Software-Adrenalin-2020-Edition-19.12.3-Dec18\Packages\Drivers\Display\W76A_INF", click "Next" and wait for installation of driver to finish

7. Now to install CCC (Control Panel), go to "Program Files\AMD\CCC2\Install" folder, run "ccc2_install.exe", and wait to finish installation (it could take few minutes)

8. In "Start" menu find group "AMD Settings" run Program "AMD Settings" and configure it (it must to be run manually first time to activate auto start of all services and programs)

9. Wait few minutes for background processes to finish and Restart system (not "Shutdown" and turn on)

Now you have installed complete driver and Control Panel (AMD Settings), and autorun of AMD Settings and all services activated.

AMD software and OS version:

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GPU properties:

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Esteemed Contributor III

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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Then don't use the 2020 version...I have Win7 and installed the new drivers just fine...and uninstalled them just as quick. Just what benefit do you see coming from installing these drivers? Please enlighten us with your system specifications

https://community.amd.com/thread/196209 

PS: We get a lot of the same type complaints from Vista users

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Adept III
Adept III

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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My system specs are not as relevant as just having the drivers installed that is why I did not include them but it is a Vega 56 and Ryzen 7 1700

I just find it odd that Adrenalin has worked just fine until the 2020 release, I was actually looking forward to try the Integer feature.

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Esteemed Contributor III

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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Well you hit the jackpot....no AMD support for Win8 or 8.1 for Vega graphics either. Since you found a way to install any driver....consider yourself lucky and stay with them. Adrenalin 2020 passes some of its functions to Windows 10....no way to overcome that.

Adept I
Adept I

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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Adrenalin 2020 can be installed on Windows 8.1 x64

1. Download latest version for Windows 7 x64 (Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.3)

2. Start installation, select folder for unpacking

3. When message that it could not be installed appears, close program

4. In "Device Manager" select your device with mouse right click and choose "Update Driver Software..."

5. Select "Browse my computer for driver software"

6. In next screen browse to folder where installation is extracted and choose folder "AMD\Win7-Radeon-Software-Adrenalin-2020-Edition-19.12.3-Dec18\Packages\Drivers\Display\W76A_INF", click "Next" and wait for installation of driver to finish

7. Now to install CCC (Control Panel), go to "Program Files\AMD\CCC2\Install" folder, run "ccc2_install.exe", and wait to finish installation (it could take few minutes)

8. In "Start" menu find group "AMD Settings" run Program "AMD Settings" and configure it (it must to be run manually first time to activate auto start of all services and programs)

9. Wait few minutes for background processes to finish and Restart system (not "Shutdown" and turn on)

Now you have installed complete driver and Control Panel (AMD Settings), and autorun of AMD Settings and all services activated.

AMD software and OS version:

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GPU properties:

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Adept III
Adept III

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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Thank you, the first time I tried this I could only get the driver to work but not the Radeon Settings, but with the latest drivers 19.12.3 it will actually install this time around.

However I am not getting integer scaling on my setup, not sure why when the integer scaling is available on Windows 7 with this setup. 

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Adept I
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Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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I'm not sure what and where should be "integer scaling".

Are you talking about this:

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In "Display Options", or something else?

BTW, here https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/integer-scaling is stated that "Integer Scaling is compatible with Windows 10".

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Adept III
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Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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In the scaling section there is suppose to be a third option for integer scaling however some tech sites said it was compatible with Windows 7 but when I looked into it its actually using API from Windows 10 to achieve this integer as Windows has had integer built into it since W7 with Magnify software.

I suppose it is only inevitable being forced to use Windows 10 as they integrate more and more hardware features into the OS itself. 

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Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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Thanks for your efforts.
But now the question is, why is that workaround needed at all.
Windows 8.1 should not have been dropped since 17.7.2  and it should be supported until end Windows 8.1 lifetime.

I have not tried your workaround yet, as I am not installing Adrenalin 2020 19.12.2/3 on anything after testing it.

The new Adrenalin 2020 driver UI/GUI is a shambles w.r.t. ergonomics and ease of use in my opinion.
I have no idea what the integrated browser does for user privacy.
The driver is buggy on my system with some essential features dropped like Global FRTC.

Chill is still broken after years of asking for fix, and now lack of Global FRTC means it is useless to me in many cases. 
Boost is introduced which so far is of no practical use based on what I tested. 
I was interested in Integer scaling but if it means I have to install that Adrenalin 2020 UI/GUI - forget it.

Best Driver I have to date is Adrenalin 2019 19.12.1. and I have decided to stick with that driver for as long as possibe.
The Windows 7 version of that does install on Windows 8.1 with no major problems yet, athough I am wary of using it at all since it it is not validated/tested on Windows 8.1.
I usually run 17.4.4. WHQL on Windows 8.1.

I will not be buying any new AMD GPUs in 2020 or any more used AMD cards unless my existing AMD GPUs fail.

Adept I
Adept I

Re: Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?

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As you can see from my first post, AMD Audio driver from Windows 7 was not working (not recognized) by Windows 8.1, but I managed to modify INF file to be used by Windows 8.1.

Original video driver has complete section for Windows 8.1 (NT 6.3) included, but audio driver does not.

Driver is not "signed" but could be installed by disabling signature enforcement:

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I will try to modify complete Windows 10 version same way, and try to install it on Windows 8.1.

Will let you know if it works at all and if integer scaling will be available.

I will need few days for that (full system backup before, ...), but I'll be back with results.

In attachment is modified INF file for AMD Audio driver in RAR archive.

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