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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 (box.com) – Click here to download
Download Mirror 2 (dropbox.com) – 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.