How to install Logitech MX900 drivers on Windows 2003

More on the fun world of software companies doing stupid things in its install software. I own Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse, which works great. The software that comes on the CD is 1.04, and newest version is 2.22. I was hoping that new drivers would have support for double-click on the wheel (they don’t. suckers.) and wanted to install them on Windows Server 2003 SP1.

That particular version behaves much like XP would - even Media Player 10 is included in this SP1. However, Logitech’s driver install checks for OS version, sees that it is not 2000/XP and quits with message that I should go to Logitech web site and look for appropriate version. Well, I did - and there is nothing for my OS.

Now, the most idiotic part of this is that it does not gives you the option to continue. It should tell me “if you continue you may fuck-up your system and render it useless, do not do this blah blah”…in lawyerish, of course. It does not. So I pay €50+ for this mouse and can’t install driver update? Niiice…way to go Logitech.

Luckily, there’s a workaround. Right click on setup file (setup222enu.exe here), Properties, Compatibility tab, check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose “Windows XP”. Ok all. Then start the file, ignore the message about administrator rights (I am installing as administrator, you…) and finish the install. Restart, all is well, drivers installed.