Installing WIRESHARK/WinPCap on Windows 8 RTM

        Windows 8 was RTM’d last week and as a curious soul I upgraded to RTM. Once done, I was loading my machine with all the tools that I use everyday. This includes the networking tools like Network Monitor and WIRESHARK. Both have their own advantages. I was able to install Network Monitor without any issues. However, I ran into problem when I was trying to install WIRESHARK on Windows 8. I was always greeted with the following error:


WinPCap installer error on Windows 8

Go to this page to download the WIRESHARK Installer: WIRESHARK

Running it as administrator doesn’t help either. Well, selecting either of the options won’t help. So here is what we need to do.


        It’s a simple solution. We need to run the WinPCap installer in Windows 7 compatibility mode. Most of you would have got this hint. For those who haven’t please refer the below instructions.

        I am going to use 7-Zip to simplify our approach. You could download it from here: Download 7-Zip. I am using 7-Zip as it allows to extract contents from a installer file.

  1. Install 7-zip and extract the WinPCap installer file to any other folder on to your disk. If you open the archive, you can see the WinPCap installer file as shown below:
  2. Right click the exe and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Click on “Change Setting for all users”
  5. Select the check box “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows 7 from the drop down as shown below:
  6. Also check the option to run this program under the privilege of an administrator.
  7. Click on Ok and then run WinPCap installer again. You will again see a warning as we saw earlier.
  8. Click the 2nd option “Run the program without getting help”, this will take you through the rest of the installation.

Voila! It is installed successfully.

The same has been suggested as a solution in the WIRESHARK discussion forums too. I have outlined the steps for simplicity.

Comments (38)

  1. musiman says:

    This works like a charm! Thanks!

  2. I'm glad, it helped someone at least. 🙂

  3. says:


  4. uzair says:

    it helped a lot thank you

  5. bayas says:

    thank you!

  6. _julianv says:

    Muchas Gracias

  7. Chadigad says:

    thanks, I can't believe I didn't think of this   -____-   I used to do this all the time when Win7 first came out

  8. Mashedi Lazarus says:

    Thank you for your solution, it works as fine

  9. agus says:


    it helped a lot thanks again

  10. Paul W says:

    many thanx for that .  Worked well..

  11. User says:


  12. hussain_almarhabi says:

    i done this step before but did not work, when i tried it as you mention its work as magic!!!

  13. Hammad Nazir says:

    Ya it's working.

  14. Trevor Sullivan says:

    This worked great — why is it listed as incompatible though? Seems pointless, if it actually works.

  15. omortiz says:

    is their another option? my Win 8Pr0 has the newer version and it will not let me down grade…

  16. @Trevor

    WinPCAP is a network driver. These can typically the OS to crash.

    The current version of WinPCAP released so far is compatible with Windows 7 only. They still haven't released (not that at least I know of) a Windows 8 compatible version of the driver.

  17. @omortiz – Could you provide more details, What is that you have on your Win 8 Pro?

  18. paolo says:

    same. not working for build 8400

  19. @paolo

    Where are you stuck. This has nothing to do with builds of Win 8. The installation will go through fine.

    Could you let me know as to where does it fail?

  20. Vj says:

    This solution dint work.. got the same error again

  21. george t. says:

    thanks nice and simple

  22. Waheed Qaisar Bhatti says:

    I am so thank full to solve the wincap issu

    thank you so much


  23. mahdi azamiyan says:

    tanke you


  24. Soe Thiha says:

    Thanks you a lot , you are so genius

  25. eilham says:

    thanks very much… is working 100%..

  26. Snide says:

    Do you not know I have Arian Foster on my Fantasy Football team.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thankyou this helped me alot i spent about 3-4 hours browsing the web and this was the only way i got it to work ! Thankyou!

  28. Abhishek says:

    Thank You so much Kaushal. U r d man 🙂

  29. naveen says:

    this works!!!!!:-)

  30. Rune Dyrhaug Stoknes says:

    Thanks Kaushal, tried the tip on WireShark home page first, but did not think as far as fixing the WinPCAP itself, only the WireShark installer.

    Works like a charm!

  31. Jens bom says:

    A work around is use of Oracle WM VirtualBox. Make a WM with an earlier version of window (eg version 7) and install/run Wireshark. It Works 🙂

  32. That wont allow you to use Wireshark to capture network trace of the host machine.. You can capture the traces on the VM as it can attach to the virtual network adapter of the VM.

    This may not a acceptable work around. But yes if you want to install Wireshark and fiddle with it, this sounds like a great plan. 🙂

  33. wood says:

    merci bcps

  34. david reece says:

    great tech tip, thanks

  35. Michael says:

    Thank you!

  36. MAMADLEZA says:


  37. Glad to know that this is helping a lot of people. 🙂

  38. Nicolas says:

    Great solution. Thank you very much for your help.

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