How to fix Fastboot issue on Windows 8.1

Most of you must have been utilizing the android debug bridge (adb), which is a command line tool that lets you communicate with the connected Android phone, the adb is very useful, especially for those who want to get root access with one-click tools such as Kingo or IOroot. And Fastboot is a protocol to flash the system partition on your device, this command is rarely used because not all devices allow access to fastboot, HTC and Motorola are the examples of manufacturer that give you access to it.


Fastboot can be used on almost any desktop Operating System (OS) such as Windows, Linux or Mac. However, not every OS support it out of the box, some HTC users reported that they could not run the fastboot command on Windows 8.1 or Win 8. When they try to run a command line, it always shows “waiting for device…” and will remain in that condition forever.

The driver issue was alleged as the cause of this problem, since while you on fastboot mode the PC cannot recognize it, so we needed Win 8.1 compatible drivers, tested and reportedly working to fix fastboot connection issue on Verizon HTC One.

fix enable fastboot on windows 8.1

Image: HTC/Verizon

  1. Download the adb and fastboot package for Windows 8.
  2. Extract the package (
  3. Put your phone into bootloader mode, in HTC devices, for example, turn it off, then hold Volume down + Power keys together. Once get into bootloader mode, scroll down and choose FASTBOOT.
  4. Now connect your phone to the PC via USB cable.
  5. On your PC, run Device Manager then find the Unknown device, right click on it and choose an option to update driver, point out to a folder where you save the package from step 1. The Windows should install it automatically.
  6. Once the fastboot drivers properly installed, now test it by running a simple command below on command prompt.
    fastboot device



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8 Responses

  1. Wolfos
    August 2, 2014 at 3:18 AMReply

    Doesn’t work at all. It just goes “Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date”. Sick of the shitty Android/Windows 8.1 driver situation.

  2. rimol
    September 8, 2014 at 5:46 PMReply

    Windows did not install it automaticly, frankly it doesn’t want to install it at all due to them being unsigned…

  3. sohail
    November 21, 2014 at 12:46 PMReply

    hey man these are 1st of all not digitally signed, 2nd even installed my htc device is showing as Samsung device and unusable still. edit the post or link the htc specific drivers plz

  4. Brochacho
    November 25, 2014 at 8:14 PMReply

    Got the same as wolfos said

  5. coded
    March 10, 2015 at 11:38 PMReply

    works for me… windows. 8.1… yu hav to disable digital signature first by goin to settings, generall.. Advanced startup and. click restart, it brings out options, troubleshoot, advanced. option and ssystem startup and select disable signature.. Ur done.. thank me later ..I downloaded d package, xtracted to C:/… switched my fone to fastboot, plugged it into my PC and cheked Computer management, clicked on android with a yellow caution… Installl update, click to browse and select the package yu extracted to C.. it installs and it works…

  6. DAzzlinG
    March 16, 2015 at 9:26 AMReply

    can u plz describe the procedure?
    (goin to settings, generall.. Advanced startup and. click restart, it brings out options, troubleshoot, advanced. option and ssystem startup and select disable signature..)
    nothing understood!!1

  7. MahmoodSharif
    March 17, 2015 at 11:57 PMReply

    I tried absolutely everything in windows 8.1. By everything I mean all drivers, every adb and fastboot there is. Nothing seemed to work. I was about to pull my hairs out; my phone got stuck in the welcome logo of SlimBean. Luckily I got myself some sleep and in the morning connected to a friends laptop with Windows 7 and voila! three minutes and i had flashed boot.img and a new rom successfully. You are Welcome.

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