How do I stop WinXP from automatically installing drivers?

datalink7

Lifer
Jan 23, 2001
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Hi all,

When I remove old video drivers from WinXP, and reboot, XP always automatically starts installing some drivers. How can I get it to stop so I can cleanly install nvidia reference drivers?

Thanks for any replies :)
 

woodie1

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Mar 7, 2000
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I unzip the drivers to a known folder.

I then simply go to C:\Windows\inf. In that folder I locate the nv3.inf and the nv4.inf and rename them nv3.i_f and nv4.i_f. I then go to Add/Remmove programs and uninstall the XP Nvidia drivers including the remove registry entries when asked.

I reboot, letting XP discover new hardware. When the wizard comes up, I lead it to the new drivers folder. The rest is a snap following instructions. Reboot, and use your favorite "tweak" utility to re-tweak your new drivers.

I then return the nv4.i_f and nv3.i_f to their original names incase of a problem windows will still install the default XP drivers.