Dell XPS, Windows 8.1 and DisplayLink D3100 Docking Station

So I am now the happy owner of a new Dell XPS 15 running Windows 8.1, along with a D3100 docking station.

Now, the problem is, the drivers provided by Dell with the D3100 docking station (DisplayLink) refuse to install. I get the license agreement windows and click on OK, nothing happens and the folder for the DisplayLink software isn’t even created  as it should under C:\Program Files\DisplayLink Core Software\.

I tried every single version of the Dell drivers supporting Windows 8.1 and a lot of the drivers provided by DisplayLink themselves, trying to boot into Safe Mode to install, running the DisplayLink uninstaller and trying again… All without any luck until I came across this post entry on the DisplayLink forums – http://www.displaylink.org/forum/showthread.php?p=77416

And I finally got the DisplayLink software and drivers to install by running the 7.4M2 driver from the DisplayLink website in Windows 7 compatibility mode (otherwise it still doesn’t work) and I have at least an image on my stand alone monitor when I plug in the docking station! I haven’t gone through any further set-up of the extended display of of yet but will update this post when I do.

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