Having MediaTek USB VCOM drivers on your PC is a major pre-requisite for flashing your MTK smartphone using your PC. As a matter of fact, the steps leading up to using SP Flash tool includes the downloading and installing of the USB VCOM drivers on your computer. All you need to download and install the USB VCOM drivers are internet access, about 20MB data and time.
Download the MediaTek USB VCOM drivers from here. Make sure the file is compatible with your operating system.
If your own a Widows 8 Pc or later, you need to disable ‘digital driver signature verification‘ before you can install the drivers.
a. Go to advanced startup options by pressing win + l.
b. In the charm bar, click ‘change PC settings‘ at the bottom
c. Navigate to ‘General‘, and at the bottom of the window click ‘Restart Now’ button under ‘Advanced startup‘ section (in Windows 8.1 and above, the ‘Advanced Startup’ option is now under ‘update and recovery‘ in the ‘Recovery‘ section)
d. The computer would now reboot into a startup menu. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > startup settings> Restart.
c. The PC would reboot again to show another menu window.
d. One of the options is ‘disable driver signature enforcement‘, press F7 or 7. The system would now boot to main desktop. The digital sign enforcement has now being disabled.
You can now proceed to the next step on how to install USB VCOM drivers.
Open Device manager by right clicking on ‘Computer‘ and then clicking ‘manage‘. You can also open Device manager through ‘Control panel > System and security and under System click on ‘Device manager’.
Click on your PC’s name or any software in device manager, then click ‘Actions’ at the top of the window
Click on ‘Add legacy software‘ in the next window that pops open. Click ‘Next‘ in the ‘Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard’ window. Tick ‘Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)’ and click on ‘Next‘ at the bottom to take you to another window.
Just click on ‘Next’ in the new window. And ‘Have Disk…‘ in the new window, followed by clicking the ‘Browse’ tap. Now, navigate to where you extracted the downloaded USB drivers. In the folder, look for the .inf file and select it. The file you are looking for is the ‘MediaTek USB VCOM port‘ select it and click next. The drivers should start installing.
If you get a security prompt, just click on ‘Install anyway’ to complete the installation. That is all. You have now installed what is required before you can fully utilize the SP flashing tool. You can now see your driver in the Device manager window. The yellow warning signs beside the driver indicates the installed driver is unsigned. Nothing to worry about.
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