How to get your Wacom Graphire 4 tablet working in Windows 10

I’ve been setting up a new PC at home and one of the things I struggled with was getting my Wacom Graphire 4 tablet working. This isn’t a CAD tablet (remember those?); instead, I use its pressure-sensitive stylus for image creation and editing. Press harder and you get more ink. Turn the pen over and you automatically erase instead of drawing. Press the eraser harder and you get more erasing.

I use PaintShop Pro for my image work, by the way, not Photoshop. You can still buy and optionally upgrade PaintShop Pro perpetual licenses, which is how it should be. You’re probably aware that I don’t rent stuff unless there’s no realistic alternative.

According to the Wacom FAQ, I was severely out of luck.

What is the latest driver for the Graphire 3 & 4 (CTE) tablets?
The Graphire 3 & 4 CTE tablets made from 2003-2007 are no longer supported by Wacom and will not work with a current tablet driver. Below are links to the latest drivers available for these tablets.

Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista & XP Download Here
Mac 10.8, 10.7 & 10.6 Download Here

Not one to give up so easily, I tried a variety of drivers for my tablet (model CTE-440). They were either blocked from installation by Windows 10×64, or in the best case scenario failed to provide any functionality other than acting as a basic mouse. The tablet failed to appear as a WinTab device, so I couldn’t configure PaintShop Pro to use its pressure-sensitivity, defeating the object of having the thing in the first place.

So I did what I thought was best and put the tablet out on the verge with the other junk awaiting council collection and investigated a replacement. Not from Wacom, obviously! I don’t want to reward a company for abandoning its products. I was checking out Huion tablets, which are so much cheaper than Wacom’s that it’s probably worth taking a punt and buying one anyway.

But then the stubborn streak in me (have you noticed?) kicked back in and I had one last go. A bit more in-depth Googling led me to this page. This is an old, non-maintained, leftover page from Wacom Europe. Let’s hope it stays there. On that page I found the driver I needed: DRIVER 5.30-3 RC FOR WINDOWS 8, WINDOWS 7, VISTA, AND XP. The direct link to the driver installation executable (cons530-3_int.exe) is:

http://downloadeu.wacom.com/pub/WINDOWS/cons530-3_int.exe

I retrieved my tablet from the junk pile, installed that driver, cleaned off my tablet while my system rebooted, plugged it in and away I went! In PaintShop Pro 2018, the setting is found at File > Preferences > General Program Preferences in the Miscellaneous section.

Wacom’s FAQ gave me a bum steer. Yes, the driver I used isn’t supported in Windows 10 and it isn’t current, but I don’t care. It works just fine and means my perfectly good as-new tablet isn’t landfill. Wacom needs to do better both in terms of supporting its hardware with current drivers and providing more useful information to its customers.

35 Comments

    1. Nick Robinson

      Thanks a million… I’ve tried every driver on the Wacom site and none worked. This saved me having to buy a new tablet. Awesome! It’s like a miracle!
      Wacom customer support not answering….

  1. Alicia

    Omg, thank you. You were right. I downloaded the 5.2.5-5a from wacom site for bamboo and it fixed sensitivity issue I’ve been trying to resolve for 2 days. Thanks so much! I hope someone else sees this if they need it.

  2. José

    Fenomenal, GRACIAS. Con esta versión (cons525-5a_int.exe) sí funciona; sin embargo con “cons530-3_int.exe” nooooo.
    Lo que nos es compartido, es perdido. GRACIAS de nuevo.

    [Google Translate: Great, THANKS. With this version (cons525-5a_int.exe) it does work; however with “cons530-3_int.exe” nooooo.
    What is shared with us is lost. Thanks again.]

  3. Teddy

    Thank you so very much. I checked the WACOM website and left with some despair. The 525-2a link above still works as of 6 December 2018. Installed the driver on my Win10 Pro laptop and the tablet, pen and mouse seem to work as expected.
    Cheers,
    Ted

  4. James

    Just installed the cons530-3_int.exe to drive a cte 640 on a fresh windows 10 machine. Works perfectly, But, if you tried to install any other versions from wacom site previously i had to take these steps first. unistall all wacom drivers, unplug Tablet, restart machine, install the cons530-3_int.exe driver, Then plug in my CTE 640

    worked for me

    Many Thanks

  5. marco

    Nice, my cte440 works again. The only thing i’m missing now is where the settings are. No menu showing up at windows, i only have change driver option in the device manager… any idea what i’m missing? anyway thx for the solution.

    1. Marco

      okay, here is an update , I contacted the support of wacom about the missing menu. In return i got link to their products. They also gave me a link to a driver for win7.

      You find it here (it works on win10):
      https://cdn.wacom.com/u/productsupport/drivers/win/consumer/PenTablet_5.2.5-5a.exe

      I gave that version a try too (I tried a ton but everyone missed something or didn’t work at all) , and guess what, from nowhere there came up the Wacom menu under start. However it’s now called Bamboo preferences but besides that naming everything else works fine.

      Having a working but outdated wacom is nice, and after that hassle with the driver, let me say 1000 thank you for bringing up this post, that helps reanimating the old 2007 wacoms and saves our money 😉

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