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I'm in a real mess now. I have a 32bit driver for my Frontech 2215 e-cam . I have searched the internet was unable to find a 64bit driver even in the manufacturer's site. Hope someone could come up with a solution.

I'm ready to go to any extent of complexities, if required to make one.

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There's no easy way to do this. You can force Windows to use the 32-bit driver, and it may actually work, but if it doesn't, then you basically have to write your own driver. It's simpler to just sell the webcam to someone who has a 32-bit OS and go buy yourself a more recent webcam that supports Windows 7 x64. – Lèse majesté Apr 22 '12 at 9:39
You can force Windows to use the 32-bit driver is not possible. – Tom Wijsman Apr 22 '12 at 9:41
It definitely is possible. There are even driver installers that do this unintentionally. – Lèse majesté Apr 22 '12 at 10:00
@Moab: Not sure what kind of support you need. MS isn't going to post instructions on how since it's not recommended, but anyone who understands how device manager installs drivers or has looked into a .inf file should be able to understand how you could force Windows to install invalid drivers. If you have both the 16-bit and 32-bit versions of a particular device driver on your computer, open up their .inf files and compare them. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out how one could get x64 Windows to use the 32-bit driver's cab and cat files. – Lèse majesté Apr 22 '12 at 15:17
Mind you, I'm not saying the drivers will actually work. The only anecdotal account I've come across are of unsuccessful attempts. E.g. a guy who successfully copied his 32-bit maudio drivers over to 64-bit Windows only to have his computer BSOD when the system attempted to play audio. But that's at least proof that you can force Windows to use inappropriate drivers. – Lèse majesté Apr 22 '12 at 15:19

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Not possible, for so many reasons. At the very least it requires a re-compile, for which you'll need the driver source code (which I'm guessing Frontech has not made public). And it'll likely require a lot of other changes as well. Driver ports are rarely trivial.

You need that 64-bit driver, or it won't work. From Microsoft FAQ on 32-bit and 64-bit

If I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows, do I need 64-bit drivers for my devices?

Yes, all hardware devices need 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. Drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows won't work on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows.

If you are unsure whether there is a 64-bit driver available for your device, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly or go to the device manufacturer's website.

You can also go online to the Windows Vista Compatibility Center, or get information about drivers by going to the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor website.

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"Driver ports are rarely trivial" is an understatement. There is a shortage of good device driver programmers. – surfasb Apr 22 '12 at 20:23

Just very belatedly seen this. I'm no device driver expert but in some circumstances it clearly is possible.

I have a Minolta film scanner for which there is no 64 bit driver, and it's an expensive piece of kit. I found the following page:

which basically says: install old driver, then update with new INF file.

To my surprise it worked perfectly - and the .SYS files had all come from the old 32 bit XP installer.

So, yes, sometimes you can, and it probably all depends what those .SYS files get up to and how they were written. Exactly what you need to do to convert the old .INF file to the new is complex - fortunately he provided one in this case. If one diffs the files they are not similar at all.

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There is no actual driver for the Minolta scanner. It's just using built-in Windows USB drivers, which are all 64-bit. All you actually did was download an updated .inf file, which Minolta should have provided in the first place. So you didn't actually get a 32-bit driver to install and work. Doing so is quite impossible, I assure you. – Carey Gregory Jun 13 at 20:11

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