Old Wacom CTE-430b With Windows 10 and Photoshop 2015.5 or Later

I wanted to install my very old Wacom CTE-430 (Sapphire) pen pad on my new system with Windows 10. Tried several latest drivers from Wacom, but they didn’t work. At the end, found a driver that worked: PenTablet_5.2.4-5 – you may download it from their  repository.

It works with Windows 7 compatibility mode. So you must enable compatibility settings.

Second problem with it: in my new Photoshop, pressure won’t work with Wacom pen. The problem has something to do with new Windows Ink settings. More info is here.

I was able to make it work. Added PSUSerConfig.txt file into [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 Settings

PSUSerConfig.txt should contain only plain text:

# Use WinTab
UseSystemStylus 0

Just download it and put into [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC YOURVERSION\Adobe Photoshop CC YOURVERSION Settings

Wacom Drawing by Iggy

Now I could draw in Photoshop with Wacom, as it should be, with variable pressure. See illustration above.

Update for Photoshop 2017 from 30/11/2016

After multiple Windows and Photoshop updates Wacom driver stopped working again, but I just copied PSUSerConfig.txt file to newer Photoshop folder (C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Settings) from older one and it is started to have pressure again.

Win 10 Pen Settings

Also disabled all Pen Settings buttons to Off and Nothing before, but without PSUSerConfig.txt file it didn’t help.

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15 Responses to Old Wacom CTE-430b With Windows 10 and Photoshop 2015.5 or Later

  1. stranger with Graphire3 and Win10 says:

    Thank you so much! i had the same frustrating problem, nothing else worked but your method! You absolutly saved me:)

  2. Edward says:

    Do you know if it works with SAI?

  3. Edward says:

    oh it’s all right, thank you.

  4. LinPo says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for help – it works!!! Finally! I was looking for solution for monthes T_T I thought that tablet is too old and it will never work properly again, but it works!)))
    I have Wacom CTE-430 (Sapphire) and Windows 7 (32bit) (so didn’t use a txt file, only drivers).
    I have a tonns of drivers and yours named “driver_that_really_works.exe” 🙂
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!)))

  5. Man, thank you so much!! Really!! ¶;D~

  6. M. Boothe says:

    Another thanks. I had Graphire 4 (CTE-430) working on a Windows 10 system (updated from Windows 7) but could not get it to work on a new Windows 10 computer. I had tried older drivers but not far enough back! When I chatted online with Wacom, person was more interested in directing me to their store to buy new tablet than fixing the issue.

  7. Den says:

    THANK YOU!! you have healed my wacom tablet! Bless ya

  8. Ricardo Shinichi Miyabayashi says:


    I used this driver for a Walcom Bamboo Fun (CTE-450) that a friend of mine gave to me!

    I was worried because newer drivers (and even the ones “for older devices”) didn’t support, I sent an e-mail to Walcom support and they told me that there were no way to fix this problem, they should hire you! Haha

  9. Will Flourish says:

    Wow! I can’t believe I found a solution! Thanks so much.

  10. Joan says:

    Thank you for sharing, my CTE-430 is working properly. It’s really great.

  11. kara4o says:

    My CTE-430 (Sapphire) with driver 525-5a works as intended in Win10 and Photoshop 2018 without any compatibility adjustments or additional settings file.

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