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Windows 7: Locate drivers.

04 Apr 2011   #1

x86
 
 
Locate drivers.

Is there any application to search for and locate drivers out there?

I have an uninstalled application, and I want to search for
any driver files in that app.

I know I can go through all (500+) files and search on
the file extensions, but that is a gruesome and tedious task...

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05 Apr 2011   #2
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zzpack View Post
Is there any application to search for and locate drivers out there?

I have an uninstalled application, and I want to search for
any driver files in that app.

I know I can go through all (500+) files and search on
the file extensions, but that is a gruesome and tedious task...
You can always go in: C:\Windows\System32\drivers & C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers...

then highlight those are suspected have stayed after uninstall or right click properties of the suspected drivers.

Once locate, delete it. You'll have to remember the name of the deleted driver to delete the path in the registry aswell.
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11 Apr 2011   #3

x86
 
 

Well, Im not interested to search for installed or uninstalled drivers.
I have an uninstalled application and in that package I want to locate any
drivers.

I have put out this question on other forums as well, but I dont get
any response. So I have come to the conclusion that only the application
developers can give any answer on their respective apps.
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11 Apr 2011   #4

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

This might not be exactly what you're looking for but Microsoft has something called Driver Install Frameworks (DIFx) for developers that simplifies and customizes the installation of driver packages for devices that have not yet been installed in a computer.

Driver Package Installer (DPInst) (Windows Driver Kit)

Going a few steps forward, developers then provide a driver package which consists of all the software components that must be provided to support the software under Windows. A driver package will minimally include those driver files, which are typically dynamic-link libraries with the .sys file name extension.

Providing a Driver Package (Windows Driver Kit)

It seems from this information that a reverse engineering process might be required to extract driver information from an application if it hasn't already been installed on a computer. Not to mention there might be some legal issues involving proprietary information. In the alternative, it seems like it would be easier (relatively speaking) to use a utility like Nirsoft's DriverView to take a "snapshot" of the drivers currently installed on a machine. Then install your application, take a second snapshot, and compare the two to see what drivers have been added. Once that information is obtained you could always uninstall the application.

DriverView: Loaded Windows Drivers List
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