It is now easily possible to have ISTA-P and ISTA-D running natively on a modest laptop without multiple virtual machines.

Although slightly out of date, software is now at v54 I believe, it’s very powerful. I still use Standard Tools for most things but ISTA-D is a great diagnostic tool. The native install can be updated by simply replacing the ISTAP folder from a newer version. WSM will not be updated of course and ISPI NEXT will soon take over anyway.

Best of all, both work with a $18 INPA K+DCAN cable. Albeit ISTA-P will require a free ICOM Emulator. If you do not have free one, you need to buy.

I have tested this on a 500gb HDD 8gb RAM laptop running win7 x64. Results are very good. Don’t worry about ISTA-P MOST requirement. With expert mode you can select which modules you program.

Download is via torrent:

Torrent link for ISTA-P:
BMW ICOM Emulator Registration XMLS:

Magnet Link for ICOM Emulator:
magnet:?xt=urn:btih408C34EB285E48CB3AB61C1448911 9C836BC50C&dn=BMW%20ICOM%20emulator%20v3.1%20Rev%2 8b%29& %3dTsC40pcY55&tr=http%3a%2f%2fretracker.local%2fan nounce

If the torrent does not work, here is a good place to buy.

Below is copied from another forum, I don’t take any credit for it, but happy to answer queries.


Works on XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10


Unblock the rar archive before extracting i.e right click > properties > click “unblock”.
Use WinRAR V5 to extract.
Ediabas 7.3 needs to be installed
Disable firewall to avoid blocking issues – This is not needed as you can allow all service requests access when the popup appears.
Voltage constant has been added – to remove this form Emulator use:


Delete IFS.ServicesImplementation.dll in:


then rename _orig_IFS.ServicesImplementation.dll to IFS.ServicesImplementation.dll


Compatible with Chinese ICOM A1 & ICOM A2, Original ICOMs and Emulator will need registering

Basic Instructions:

***Setup your HDD into 3 partitions C – D – E***

C or D can be used as the main install location.
If you choose C for main install then D and E need only be 2GB partitions.

1. Put the large “apps” folder in the root directory of disk C:


2. Copy the file “WindowCleaner.exe” to C:\Windows\System32\

3. Copy the “ISIS” folder to C:\ProgramData\

Note: ProgramData folder may be hidden. If so go to folder options in control panel to unhide.

4. Copy the “WorkUser” folder to C:\Users\

5. Copy the files START-ISTA.exe and STOP-ISTA.exe to your desktop

6. Rename your Network Card to “Eth0″

7. Write down your PC network card mac address and in file:


change the mac address to match your own

8. Run “Setup.exe” as administrator (also disable your firewall/temporarily disable anti virus)

9. Restart your computer


Register your ICOM if needed (ICOM A1 clone is already set up).

Start ISTA using icon on desktop.

**YOU MUS USE ‘STOP-ISTA.EXE’ after closing the application.


How to run ISTAP native with K+DCAN interface using ICOM emulator

1. Disable firewall.
2. Remove voltage constant.
3. Extract and copy the ICOM emulator xml files to:


4. In VMware network editor, ensure “VMnet0″ is set to “bridged” and your LAN network adaptor is selected in the drop down menu.

5. In VMware network editor, add a new network called “VMnet3″ and set it up as shown in the picture below:

Note: Click “apply” and “ok” and close down VMware.

6. Open VMware again and start emulator using the k+dcan snapshot. Once it has loaded up, go to the vm settings and change network adaptor 1 to “VMnet3(host only)”. Click “ok” then wait 30 seconds for network to re-initialise.

note: you can now create new snapshot if you want.

7. Connect K+DCAN cable to emulator and car and run “ifhsrv32″ using icon on emulator desktop.

note: ensure k+dcan cable usb icon is active in the vm.

8. Start ISTAP native, start a session and choose “ICOM emulator” in connection manager screen.

note: if everything is ok, the led on your cable should start to flash after a minute or so. If not, recheck emulator settings (i.e. com9, latency timer set to 1 etc.).

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