Connecting Google Nexus 7 to Windows XP Laptop : Solved

I just got my hands on the new Google Nexus 7 16 gb tab. My work laptop has Windows XP on it and I was expecting that XP will just detect Nexus 7 like any other USB device. Well that didn’t happen :(. Windows deteced that Nexus was plugged in but couldn’t install any drivers for it. At this point ASUS or Google do not have any drivers posted for Nexus 7 on the website. To get your Nexus 7 connected to an XP laptop / PC, try the following things (it worked for me atleast..)

1. Ensure that you have Windows Media Player 11 as MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) is not available in WMP 9 Series. You may also download and install MTP Porting Kit (Click here to download) if you don’t want to install WMP 11.
*Note: Some users found that upgrading to WMP11 solved the problem when just installing MTP didn’t work. If standalone MTP Porting Kit doesn’t help try upgrading to WMP11. 

2. Download Android USB Drivers and extract the files.
Download Mirror 1 ( – Click here to download
Download Mirror 2 ( – Click here to download

3. Goto Device Manager. Right click on Nexus 7 and choose update driver. Choose install from a list or specific location. Uncheck “Search Removable Media” and Check “Include this location in the search”. Click on the browse button next to it and select the folder where you extracted the android usb drivers.

4. Click ok to begin installation. Windows XP should now be able to install the Drivers for Nexus 7 without any issues.

If you found other methods to connect Nexus 7 to windows XP, please post your finding in the comments.

70 thoughts on “Connecting Google Nexus 7 to Windows XP Laptop : Solved”

  1. I HAVE FOUND THE SOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have tried everything suggested on this blog and several others, none worked. But this DID:
    I connected my tablet to a windows 7 laptop and it connected to USB perfectly, but wouldnt do so with my xp machine. neither would my phone. So go plug it into a windows 7 machine, go into device manager, right click on the device and go to properties, then go to driver details. it will list all of the drivers used and their locations. there are about 5 or 6 of them. copy them onto a usb drive. plug the usb drive into your xp machine and copy them (overwrite) them into where they belong (where they were on the windows 7/8 machine). I backed up my old files but did not need them. when you have done copying over the files, restart your machine, plug in whichever device that did not work before, make sure you set it to MTP in the device and enable USB in the device aswell, and voila, it is now listed in my computer! full file access! I only did this once and both my tablet and my phone are now visible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I always use blogs to find problems and this is the first time I have found a solution on my own, so i had to share it with all of you :))

  2. Awesome … Have been looking for this info from a long time .. This is Consolidation of all options on this problem ….. gr8 blog

  3. “If you are running JellyBean 4.2, you have to first enable Developer Options by going to the Build number in About Tablet and pressing it 7 times (bizarre!). Then I went into Developer Options, disabled USB Debugging, and voila! now I can see my Nexus 7 in Explorer.” USB Debugging already disabled on 32 gig, 16 gig you have to turn off???? Thanks for the help!

  4. Perfect!
    I’ve installed MP11 and the USB driver (was able to get it from the dropbox since the box was out of bandwith or so), and everything run perfectly now.
    Thanks a lot!

  5. Thanks…
    Its Working.

    I Just Installed WMP11
    Uninstalled Previous And. driver from device manager.
    plunged NX7
    and everything is OK.

  6. After I updated the drivers in device manager, it has stopped showing my Nexus7 in portable devices, now I am unable even to roll back to old drivers or see Nexus7 under my computer. what do I do? Please Help

  7. Installed WMP11 and DL’ed driver. Thanks for this guide It worked perfectly on my desktop.

  8. very difficult for search MTP media transfer protocol from micro soft .
    it goes validate windows XP file
    it says it is old version file 1.5 mb file
    why not kept all source in one folder ie dropbox

  9. i got MTP file it install C drive root
    still not able configure nexux 7 in windows XP
    i am in windows media player 11

  10. As many others, I had problems hooking up my Nexux 7 to my WinXP laptop.
    I stumbled across this fix and the problem was resolved IMMEDIATELY. I’m copying and pasting the post in its entirety with only one minor edit… the instructions tell you to go to “notepad C:\Windows\inf\wpdmtp.inf” when in actuallity in Win NT it should read: “notepad C:\WINNT\inf\wpdmtp.inf”.
    I might note I tried all the Media Player 11, etc driver suggestions and none of them worked properly. I also spent considerable time on the phone with support with no good results except that I could then sync my old Palm data files properly to DejaOffice.

    So here it is:
    Thanks Iwan – I’ve tried every other solution on google and this is the only one that worked for my nexus 7 on XP.

    So I ran “notepad C:\WINNT\inf\wpdmtp.inf” (in hardware manager when my nexus 7 was connected I had a yellow MTP icon) – I’ve copied/pasted below the whole section that I ended up with – save the file.

    Connect your Nexus 7 and in device manager, right click the yellow mtp icon, select update driver, then in the wizard select authomatic (the top default option), let the driver install, all done!

    FINAL wpdmtp.inf that work for me:
    ;Device is identified by Microsoft OS descriptor
    ;If your device does not support it, use specific VID & PID for identification
    %GenericMTP.DeviceDesc%=MTP, USB\MS_COMP_MTP
    ; Nexus 7
    %GenericMTP.DeviceDesc%=MTP, USB\MS_COMP_MTP
    %GenericMTP.DeviceDesc%=MTP, USB\VID_18D1&PID_4E42&MI_00

    %GenericMTP.DeviceDesc%=MTP, USB\MS_COMP_MTP
    ; Nexus 7
    %GenericMTP.DeviceDesc%=MTP, USB\MS_COMP_MTP
    %GenericMTP.DeviceDesc%=MTP, USB\VID_18D1&PID_4E42&MI_00

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