Using the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock with Windows 7 Bootcamp

I use a MacBook Air for a range of activities ranging from browsing the web to developing software under Windows 7 using Bootcamp. The arrival of the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock was a welcome addition to my setup, allowing me to quickly attach my Air to a large monitor, keyboard, mouse and other USB Peripherals using a single cable. While some features of the Dock are functional automatically in Windows 7 under Bootcamp, the USB hub is not, and Belkin does not provide drivers out of the box for Windows users.

Some digging around indicated that the USB Chipset is a Fresco Logic FL1100 Series. A few forums posts pointed in the direction of some drivers from other vendors, but none were from reputable sources that also worked as promised. A bit of additional digging and I managed to find working drivers on the HP Website here: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?cc=us&taskId=135&swItem=ob-112771-1&printver=true.

Caveats: The dock may not be detected if you plug it in after Windows has already booted, this is true for any feature of the dock. I have had the best luck plugging in the dock and then booting or rebooting into Windows. This limitation is not present in OSX.

Posted by: David Marchelya
Last revised: 14 Sep, 2013 03:08 PM

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David Marchelya Bespoke Industries Denver, CO U.S.A
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