right-click .inf files to install drivers

Discussion in 'Windows XP Drivers' started by Nathan, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. Nathan

    Nathan Guest

    I realize there are several different ways to install
    device drivers, specifically in windows XP. Right-
    clicking the .inf file appears to be one of those ways,
    although it does not seem to work for me. I tend to get
    an hour-glass for about 1 second, then it's done, and the
    driver is not installed (e.g. toshiba laptop SD card
    driver). I'm not looking for a workaround or another way
    to install a driver (e.g automatically through wizard, or
    have disk etc.), I need help on this particular method of
    install for feature support. Is this a feature that only
    certain drivers support (signed)? How does windows
    associate this driver with the device I want to install
    it for via this install method? If it does not work
    would it be an XP or driver problem?

    Thanks much in advance,
    Nathan, Jan 30, 2004
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  2. Nathan

    Pavel A. Guest

    Maybe it appears so... but it isn't.
    Please see the readme file or other reference that come with your device, and
    follow setup instructions.

    The best thing Microsoft could do is to discontinue placing Install command
    in context menu of INF files. There are several types of INF files, only few can be installed this way.
    Some people just get confused by this irrelevant menu item.
    Pavel A., Feb 1, 2004
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  3. Pavel is correct. Device drivers (drivers that are associated with hardware)
    cannot be installed by right-clicking and choosing "Install." To install one
    of those manually, go to Device Manager and choose "Update Driver..." for
    the device you're interested in.

    Eugene Lin [MSFT], Feb 5, 2004
  4. Nathan

    andreid Guest

    You said that only drivers that are associated with hardware can't b
    installed this way , but I wrote some very simple driver that isn'
    controlling any hardware (Hello World is you like), got an .inf out o
    build , and it still doesn't install with the "right click option"

    Any ideas ??

    Andrei Dumitrache
    Student Consultant

    andreid, Mar 19, 2004
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