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Where to find RNDIS driver for USB file transfer with XP & Moto G4 Android phone

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#1 Curmudgeon3


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 01:14 PM

I want to move hundreds of pictures off my Moto G4 phone to my Windows desktop over a USB cable (much faster than uploading them to some place in the cloud and then downloading them to my PC).


I've got a Dell Dimension E520 desktop, running Windows XP SP3.  My phone is a Moto G4 running Android 7.0.  I've had some difficulties with outdated documentation because my phone's software has been updated repeatedly since I got it 1½ years ago, but I've found the switch to change from USB charging to USB data (Settings app, More, Tethering & portable hotspot, USB tethering).  Switching this to "tethered" on the phone activates the Windows New Hardware Wizard to install software for RNDIS.  The wizard fails to find anything at Microsoft.  I've done searches for RNDIS for Windows XP.  There are a bunch of driver sites, but they contain just download links and negligible information about the software.  I've tried the following:






None of these have worked.  Two of the above turned out to be whiz-bang utilities that purport to synch your music, videos, and whatnot between your phone & PC, which are way beyond what I want even if they did work.


So my problem breaks down into the following pieces:

1) Is getting a Remote NDIS driver the right way to accomplish USB file transfer?

2) If so, where can a get a working RNDIS driver?

3) How do I install that driver properly?  (As noted, most driver sites don't include documentation.)


There's an additional wrinkle which may be relevant to accomplishing what I want, and that's how I'm connecting to the InterNet: via an external WiFi dongle.  USB 2 is faster than 802.11n which is faster than my AT&T DSL, so this all works normally.  However, the Motorola Device Manager failed immediately upon startup because it tried to check for a software update and couldn't locate the InterNet.  I've got got two "broken" status icons in my system tray:

  • Local Area Connection: A network cable is unplugged
  • Wireless Network Connection: Not Connected.  Right-click here for more options.

The first of these is because I've got nothing plugged into the EtherNet port.  For the second, this only appeared after installing and removing one of the above programs.  I *think* this is assuming a known-to-Windows WiFi capability my machine doesn't have.  Right-clicking brings up a "Choose a wireless network" pop-up which says "Windows cannot configure this wireless connection.  If you have enabled another program to configure this wireless connection, use that software."  I'm using the software which came with my B-Link 11n USB plug-in.  I would guess the Motorola program tries to talk to some lower-level Windows interface rather than just using TCP/IP and not caring about the hardware connection.


Any insight into my problem would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

Edited by Curmudgeon3, 18 February 2018 - 01:18 PM.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 06:43 PM

I am not sure that you need this driver. Are these images stored on a plug-in microSD card or on the SIM card itself ?  In either case I would take the card out of the camera, and using an adapter, plug it directly into your computer then use Windows Explorer to transfer the images. I appreciate that taking the SIM card out may be more work than you wish to do.


The card should show up as an external drive in WinExplorer, probably called 'Motorola x,y,z'. Drilling down into its file structure you should come to a folder called 'DCIM' - that's where your photos are stored. As a transfer method this is even quicker than using a cable.


I am not quite clear whether you are having a wifi problem or not but if you are I suggest you start a topic in the 'Networking' section about it.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:58 PM

The images aren't in any removable card; they're in the built-in 32 GB storage of the phone.


There's no WiFi involved in the transfer I want to make; it's purely over the USB cable.

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