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FIX For Data Is Invalid Error win2K / winXP

Sunday, 13 August 2006

On Windows 2000 (win2k / winXP) When installing new hardware or drivers you can often get Error 13: Data is invalid 

You get the Error 13: Data is invalid error when installing hardware or drivers, or sometimes randomly, because Microsoft were playing silly buggers again. They were trying to force all hardware vendors to a pay a Microsoft Tax, and pay to get all their hardware drivers certified by MS, otherwise the hardware would not work with windows (even thought there was no problem). The costs were prohibitive to many vendors.

Here is how to fix the Error 13: Data is invalid error....

Routine for windows 2000 / win2K: (XP is very similar, follow the instructions and take the closest options)


This error appears to be due to a protection problem in the Windows registry and can occur with a variety of drivers (sound cards and SCSI drivers have been reported and I have had problems with graphics cards and network adapters).

To fix the Error 13: Data is invalid problem, go to Start, Run... and type "REGEDT32.EXE" without the quotes to run the Registry Editor. Navigate to


and you will see a number of keys of the form "VEN_xxxx", where xxxx are strings like "1102&DEV_0004&SUBSYS_00011103&REV_04".

Under each of these folders will be another folder with a long numerical name.

Open each folder and look for the "DeviceDesc" which matches the hardware you are trying to install.

HIGHLIGHT THE ENTRY "VEN_xxxx" for that device and select 'SECURITY'-'PERMISSIONS' FROM THE WINDOW TOP MENU and then tick "Allow" for "Full Control".

Close REGEDT32 and then continue with the installation of your device.

This wil lremove the Error 13: Data is invalid from your wnidows 2000 / 2K / XP system. Repeat this for each hardware device you get the Error 13: Data is invalid problem with.

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