can't stop windows installing wrong driver

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  1. shribe

    shribe Junior Member

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    I have just formatteed my hdd and am installing my modem but I accidentally usded the wrong driver when first installing. I now have the correct driver but everytime I remove the current modem from the properties section and then say add new hardware or restart, it finds the modem and then installs the same drivers again. I just want to know how to stiop it doing this and make it so it can install my own (let me specify where the correct drivers are again), I hve tried clicking on the current modem and then saying update driver but it keeps saying that it does not contain information about my hardware.


    Any help deeply appreciated.
     
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  3. IsOs

    IsOs Diamond Member

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    The easiest is probably reinstalling Windows again after a quick reformat. Otherwise, you can use REGEDIT to remove any occurrence of the incorrect driver in the registry.
     
  4. GregMal

    GregMal Golden Member

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    Delete the modem from your device drivers.
    Goto "add hardware" in control panel.
    DO NOT let windows detect the device.
    Manually enter the device (modem).
    Windows will ask you where the drivers are...floppy a, CD d:, etc.
    Then re-boot.......Greg
     
  5. bigjon

    bigjon Senior member

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    1) Rename both .BIN files located in c:\windows\inf to .OLD.

    2) Remove the device in Device Manager.

    3) Reboot.

    Now, when Windows restarts, instead of automatically re-installing the wrong drivers, Windows will have to ask you what you want device you want to install, since the .BIN files are a "compilation" of the INF driver files.
     
  6. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Elite Member

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    The easiest way to take care of this is to go into the windows\inf directory, and look for a subdirectory called "Other". Go into that subdirectory, locate the inf file that's being associated with your device and simply delete it. Remove the device from device manager, and on reboot it will ask you to identify the drivers again.

    If that doesn't work, go into the windows\inf directory, and rename the .inf file that you accidentally used (when you pointed windows to the incorrect drivers), and rename the .inf file to .old. Then, remove the device and reboot. Should do the trick!
     
  7. Musicman6425

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    If not...In the go to the devise manager, click properties on your modem, the tab that says driver, and driver details. Here you can remove the drivers that your modem uses and reboot. (DON'T DELETE THE *.VXD file, if you do, it will ask you for it when restarting your computer). This should allow you to install the proper drivers for you modem.
     
  8. mastertech01

    mastertech01 Moderator Emeritus<br>Elite Member

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    You all answered the H@ll out of that one..all good answers... :D