How to install Opcom Vaux com 120309a Windows 8 for Opel diagnostic

I had no problem getting my Op-COM diagnostic tool working on my Windows 8 laptop the same way as Windows 7. You just have to disable driver signing, which is hidden in a load of menus in windows 8.

This video explains how to do it though.

  1. Boot into unsigned driver mode (like in video above)
  2. Install DPInst_x64.exe
  3. Plug in OP-COM and click to install anyway when it warns about the driver not being signed
  4. Install OPCOM_2011rev.exe
  5. Run OP-COM link on the desktop

I just added a new key to the immobiliser without any issues, apart from nearly getting stuck under the dash attempting to reach the diagnostics plug.

P.s. Opcom windows 8 “drivers not found”:

Question: Can’t get it to run on windows 8, worked fine on my old w7 laptop. Tried to download software from the disc that came with the op-com then went to devise manager to op-com v2 to find drivers. Clicked on the drivers file but was told the drivers couldn’t be found

Answer: I had the same problem when ideally I would have liked to of run Vaux-Com on my Windows 8 laptop. However since I have several machines running different OS’s anyway I didn’t bother trying the following solution.

Microsoft gave Windows 7 users a way to run older applications via ‘Windows XP Mode’. With Windows 8 that mode is no longer officially supported, and if you want to run Windows XP in a virtual machine, you need the license for it.

There is a workaround however,within the free WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file, there’s a VirtualXPVHD file containing the Windows XP virtual machine, which you can open in VirtualBox.

Here are the steps to get this working:

  1. Download…ls.aspx?id=8002 from Microsoft. You’ll need to run the validation tool to prove your copy of Windows is valid.
  1. Then use 7-Zip or another archive tool to open the EXE file as an archive.
  1. Within that archive, find the “sources/xpm” file within it, and extract that folder to your hard drive.
  1. Finally, in the extracted xpm file, you’ll find a file called VirtualXPVHD. Rename it with a VHD extension.

In VirtualBox, open the VirtualXPVHD virtual machine, and voila! You’ve got Windows XP Mode (running Windows XP Professional) in Windows 8, no need for the XP license.

This might also be possible with Windows 8’s built-in virtual machine manager, Hyper-V, but that’s only available in Windows 8 Pro.

The important note:

Opcom windows 10×8/7/xp install: