USB Drivers for the TH-D74

Modified on Sat, Jun 15 at 2:54 PM

USB Drivers for the TH-D74 radio.


On some systems, the USB drivers for the Kenwood TH-D74 do not install properly. Kenwood has released updated drivers which should resolve this issue. Please find the new drivers and an installation guide at this link. If the drivers continue giving errors, please attempt the solution below.

This solution is not for Windows 7, The drivers for the TH-D74 and now for the TH-D75 do not work on Windows 7. 

Installation of drivers for the Kenwood TH-D74.

All devices attached to your computer via USB need drivers to tell the computer what the device is and what can be done with it. The TH-D74 is no different. There are no electronics in the cable; however, there are electronics in the radio that allow it to connect to the computer. Those electronics use Windows System drivers and installation is seamless... on most systems.

Driver Process

The driver process loads three parts. The problem comes if your system fails to install CDC-ACM.

This is not unique to the Kenwood radio. Other devices suffer from this same problem since the problem lies in the system files on your machine. We offer this fix. It is not pretty. Warnings will be raised. But it is safe and it works.

1. Download this zip file CDC-ACM Driver Repair  paying careful attention to where it is put in the download process (you'll have to find it again later).

2. Access the zip file and extract its contents. Again, be sure you know where you extracted it. You will need it in a minute. I was able to just copy the directory out of the zip file to a location on the hard drive.

3. However you do it you want to end up with a "usb_driver_installed" Folder with all its contents. YOU CANNOT DO THE REST OF THIS PROCESS FROM WITHIN THE ZIP FILE.

4. Once you have this as a folder (verify this in Explorer), you are ready for the next step.

5. Access Device Manager.

6. This is how you will find the radio.

Device Manager

7. Right click on the designation and select "Update Driver Software"

8. Then "Browse my computer for driver software"... that's why we put that file there in the first few steps.

9. Click Browse to Search for driver software on this computer.

10. Find and select the "usb_driver_installed" directory

Driver Location

11. Highlight that directory then click OK.

12. Be sure "Include subfolders" is checked... it usually is by default.

13. Click Next.

14. A warning will be raised as the drivers begin to install... I told you this would not be pretty.

Security Warning

15. Take the "Install this driver software anyway" option if you want this to work.

16. A success message appears to let you know the process is complete.


16. Checking back in Device Manager, you see the device ready to use .

Device Manager Success

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