Monday, July 23, 2012

How to Add Support for the exFAT File System in Windows XP


Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT), first introduced with Windows Vista SP1 is a file system designed especially for flash drives. Advantages of exFAT in comparison to FAT32 are the removal of the 4 GB file size limit and support for storage devices with large capacities. A major advantage of exFAT is that it's a file system that's both readable and writable on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (starting from 10.6.5) and Mac OS X Lion (Windows' NTFS is only readable on OS X, not writable).

Although not supported in the default installation of Windows XP, you can install this update from Microsoft (KB955704) to bring exFAT file system support parity to XP.

Check this article to know how to re-format a flash drive to exFAT.

12 comments:

  1. good posting about How to Add Support for the exFAT File System in Windows XP

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  2. not everything can be solved by an update from ms, where is the file i saw so much just a few months ago? this is what happens when "Experts" get online!

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  3. I'm sorry but downloading and installing the driver update has not resolved it for me. My HD still went undetected on this XP system.

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    1. You may want to read the XP patch information concerning Service Pack 2 and 3 and 64bit and 32 bit versions. You have to use the correct version of the patch on a properly (Windows) updated version of XP. Hope that helps! Thanks!

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  4. The post was helpful. Thanks.

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  5. http://files.tatedavies.com/WindowsXP-KB955704-x86-ENU.exe is working as of today, April 15, 2016. I do not understand why Microsoft would keep the x64 file and not the x86 file and support the reasoning as Windows XP is no longer supported.

    PS: I got lazy and didn't register so these are Anonymous.

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    1. Thank you! I'd been hunting for this, with the MS one gone.

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    2. Thank you so much! Microsoft no longer is offering this. So happy to find it! I hope it works for me.

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  6. Here: http://ul.to/q2oavf8r

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  7. Your blog is a great resource for getting lots of information and solution for various IT problems. I have been using your tips which solve many of my issues. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. We're sorry, this download is no longer available.

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