Installing Base System Device Drivers Using Compatibility Mode

This article will discuss how to install Base System Device driver using compatibility mode on your Windows 7 computer. Before that, we will consider a short overview of the installation process using “Compatibility Mode”, and we will also discuss the main reason when you should consider using this process to install the base system device drivers to your computer.

Short Overview of Compatibility Mode

How to Install Base System Device Drivers Using Compatibility Mode

When to Install Base System Device Drivers Using Compatibility Mode


Short Overview of Compatibility Mode

Compatibility mode is a software process or mechanism in which a software/program emulates its older version to allow older versions of software/files/components remain compatible with the computer’s newer hardware or software. When it comes to device drivers, compatibility mode will allow PC users to install device drivers originally designed for an older version of OS and hardware device to be installed to a computer with a newer version of Operating System.

This mechanism is a big aid for PC users who can’t find the device drivers for their PCs after dedicating lots of time and energy in manually searching for the correct and compatible device drivers.

How to Install Base System Device Drivers Using Compatibility Mode

Right now, you are probably knowledgeable about the identity of your Base System Device, but if not yet, you can read our post entitled: Other Devices Base System Device. A Base System Device is mostly identified as an Smart Card Reader of the computer, and in this article, we will install Ricoh 5-1 Card Reader using compatibility mode in a HP Pavilion DV6000 Windows 7-based notebook.

Browse your PC or Drivers Utility CD and look for the card reader driver executable (.exe) file, or you can also download the latest available card reader drivers from the official website of your PC’s manufacturer.


Right-click the executable file (in our example, it is sp34638), then click Properties.


Click the tab labeled Compatibility.


Check the option “Run this program in compatibility mode for:“, and select your desired OS, and then click Apply. In our example, we choose Windows Vista (Service Pack 2.)


Follow the Device Driver InstallShield Wizard which will guide you throughout the installation process.


After you successfully install the drivers, you can check your Device Manager to ensure that there are no more Base System Device Driver Windows 7 issues.

When to Install Base System Device Drivers Using Compatibility Mode?

Knowing the identity of the Base System Devices listed under the category of Other Devices in Device Manager is a great relief for many PC users. But there are PC users who became annoyed and frustrated after identifying their Base System Devices.

That is because after they underwent the process of Base System Device Driver Download (.exe or .zip) manually in the official website of their computer/hardware manufacturer, they found out that there are no available base system drivers compatible with their current OS. Due to this reason, they must start searching on the Internet again, facing the dangers of downloading and installing wrong/incompatible drivers, drivers bundled with spyware and computer viruses, etc.

If you have a similar case, then you are definitely wondering why there are no available base system driver updates for your newly installed or current OS. One reason is because there are computer models that don’t have driver updates compatible for newer versions of OS. For example, there are notebook PCs that only have Windows XP driver updates in the official website of their manufacturer, while other PC models only have Windows XP and Vista driver updates, but there are no available Windows 7 device driver updates. Thus, the most possible option to fix Windows 7 Base System Device issue is to install the device drivers using compatibility mode.

It is recommended for you to visit and check the forums discussion in the official website of your PC’s manufacturer, since there are cases where new updates of device drivers will be announced via those helpful forums. But if there are still no available driver updates, you can try to install the available drivers in compatibility mode.

However, there are also PC users who tried and were successful in hacking/modifying device drivers to make them compatible with certain OS. Links to download these drivers are being posted in some computer related forums, but since these drivers are not certified by PC manufacturers, we are not recommending them.

As a recap, if there are still no available Base System Device Driver updates compatible with your current OS, then you can install the Base System Device drivers using Compatibility Mode on your Windows 7-based computer. And you can always visit the official website of your PC’s manufacturer to check for any announcements regarding the latest drivers for your PC.