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Windows 7: Recovering drivers from windows.old

05 Feb 2011   #1
Secret Squirrel

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Recovering drivers from windows.old

Hello everyone!
I've recently upgraded from windows starter to windows 7 ultimate 32 bit on my Acer aspire one D255 netbook and it is missing drivers for Ethernet Controller Network Controller and Video Controller. I could download the drivers from my pc and transfer over with a usb stick... but this has to be the day i left my usb stick at a friends house. AGHHHH
! So, is there anyway i could get the drivers from the windows.old file and get it to work.

Thankyou for reading this and hoping for a swift response.

Love, Secret Squirrel

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05 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Secret Squirrel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you can use Device Manager as in the tutorial below. When you get to step 5, browse to and select the folder paths below to try and see if Windows 7 may be able to "Automatically" find your drivers in there.

Driver Install - Device Manager






Hope this helps,
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05 Feb 2011   #3
Secret Squirrel

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thankyou very much, this worked! I appreciate the help alot!
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05 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're most welcome. I'm happy to hear that it worked for you.
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24 Apr 2014   #5

W7 HP 64bit

thank you Brink! clean install of W7 via an upgrade disc but using OEM prod key off machine decal (had to use MS phone activation - but successful) to avoid bloatware from recovery disc/oem. nagging little voice told me to leave recovery partition undisturbed. mult rounds of WindowsUpdate, including W7SP1, then performed. discovered "SM Bus Controller" not installed and no drivers.

multiple HP and Intel solutions all fail. your sol'n to try:

dev mgr > > update driver > browse > C:\Windows.old\Windows.inf - Windows found and successfully installed driver for "Intel 6 Series / C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller - 1C22". Note: windows warning of "no validation\certification\etc" pop-up did show for this method even though driver was OEM. silly.

frustrating that HP had no offering for driver download, HP Support Assist of no help, HP Recovery Manager (via F11 on boot) offered no "hardware repair" option, Intel Sys Identifier Utility failed, Intel driver update scan failed, and no stand alone driver from Intel avail: "none detected - unknown or unsupported". chipset is Intel H61 rev B3.

YOURS WAS THE ONLY SOLUTION I FOUND, the vast majority merely re-iterating "go to oem, manufacturer, intel, etc"

thank you again. my machine is lean and pristine. hope this helps anybody else w same prob.
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