Spyder 3 Pro & Windows 8

[Update:  This article was valid for quite a while, but some time in the last year or so, the Spyder 3 has stopped working for many people.  I also no longer have my Spyder 3, so I can’t even tinker with it to discover a workaround.  At this point, the Spyder 3 is beyond end of life.  Even if the electronics are still functioning, it’s likely that the color filters in the device have aged enough that it doesn’t reliably see color, and therefore produces skewed color profiles.]

Does the Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro work with Windows 8?  In a word, “yes.”

This bears mentioning only because, if you paid attention to the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor for Windows 8, the Spyder 3 Pro was flagged as a software item that would require a “paid upgrade.”  Well never fear, my dear reader, as this information is incorrect.  I’ve just finished installing Windows 8 Pro on my computer (whether it’s pro, home, or otherwise should be irrelevant,) and the Spyder 3 Pro software is working quite nicely.  I’ve already calibrated and profiled one screen, and my other screen is ticking along nicely as I type this.

In case you’ve lost the installer for your software, you can download it from Datacolor here:


Happy upgrading!

As of 7/27/2013, I’m still using the Spyder 3 Pro on Win 8 without any issues whatsoever.  I just updated the link to the download area, as the link originally posted had expired.  Enjoy!


As of 10/17/2013, I’ve updated to Windows 8.1 and the Spyder 3 Pro continues to work great.


As of 8/7/2015, I’m using the Spyder 4 Elite with Windows 10.  I no longer have access to the Spyder 3, but in the comments below, Jay confirms that the Spyder 3 is working fine on Win 10 for him.  Thanks Jay.

23 thoughts on “Spyder 3 Pro & Windows 8”

  1. Hi
    You’re lucky. I have Spyder 3 elite and using windows 8 pro and it won’t even recognise my touchscreen computer/monitor even afte downloading the 4.0.2 software. It won’t even let me in to pay for the license. It just states I need to update my video card drivers but these are all up to date after installing windows 8.
    Any help would be appreciated.


    1. The Elite and Pro models are based on the same core software, if I remember correctly. On the licensing screen, I just copy/pasted in the license I’ve used all along and it worked fine. The fact that you’re getting an error about your video card drivers suggests that perhaps you should explore that direction a bit. What video card do you have? Are you using Windows Update to get the latest driver, or are you getting it directly from the chipset manufacturer (probably ATI/AMD or nVidia?) Windows Update is well known for only providing very old, or minimal functionality drivers for video cards.

      If you have an ATI/AMD video card, start here:

      If you have an nVidia video card, start here:

      Follow the steps on either one of those pages to get the latest drivers for Windows 8, and give it another go, Damian.

      1. Thanks Gavin for your reply. I have been to the nVidia site and downloaded drivers on their recommendation but the problem still persists. Spyder3 elite will just not recognise my monitor. It did perfectly in windows 7 using the same touchscreen so I can only assume the spyder software is not windows 8 compatible for 64 bit machines.

        Thanks again


  2. How many minutes does the installation of the spyder3 take and where are the Software Assistant’s directions? On the cd?

    1. It doesn’t take long, Penny. A few minutes at most. I’m not sure what you’re referring to with the “Software Assistant.” I recommend downloading the latest installer directly from the website, rather than using what you have on your CD.

    1. Good question! I no longer have the Spyder 3. I’m now on a Spyder 4 Elite (which appears to be working fine, btw.) The driver model for Windows 10 is pretty much the same as it was for Windows 8. In fact when a Windows 10 specific driver is not available for a device, the Windows 8 driver often works just fine. My hunch is that you’ll be able to make it work, but since I no longer have the product, I can’t say for sure. Give it a try and report back!

      1. Hi there, Did you have any issues activating the software on Win10? I’ve installed the Spyder Pro 3 software on Win10 but trying to activate it, it simply stays stuck on the activation screen with the next button simply returning back to the same screen over and over.

        1. I found a solution. It was my Anti-Virus software ( Kaspersky 2015 ), disabled it during the Spyder activation and Spyder 3 software activated perfectly on Windows 10. Cheers!

        1. I’m hearing that the Spyder3 no longer works for anyone on Win10. I don’t have the 3 to play around with anymore, but I’d bet that it’s finally end of life. Look at getting a Spyder 5.

  3. I have Spyder 3 Pro upgrade Elite. I have card AMD ATI FirePro V4800 card and monitor Fujitsu. I have driver Catalyst Control Center 15.20. Spyder3Elite 4.0.2 warning: “Sorry, unable to determine configuration of attached monitors. Please update the video card driver software to the current version and try again.” 🙁

    1. Hi Rasto,

      I’ve never seen that error message before, nor am I sure what might be causing it. The first thing I’d check is that everything (drivers, Spyder software, etc) is up to date, but it sounds like you may have done that.

  4. Same here.

    Spyder4Elite 4.5.4 on Windows 10

    “Sorry, unable to determine configuration of attached monitors. Please update the video card driver software to the current version and try again.

    GammaTracker.cpp 636

    1248 (0x4E0)”

    My video card is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Driver version: (aka 358.50)

    I tried uninstalling / reinstalling Spyder software as well as doing a clean install of my NVIDIA drivers.

  5. Having the same issue Spyder 3 Pro, Windows 10 and Geforce 750ti. I’m fairly certain its Geforce doing something funky, as it worked perfectly with my old AMD HD5770.

  6. hi, how do you activate the software?

    I tried a few times: re-install, disable the anti virus, disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 10, but still not working.

    an error showing:

    Error Reference: 1479622047-0

    Error Code: 131331
    Error Message: Sorry, but no sensor was detected. Please check that your device…

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