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Windows 7: Can Windows download drivers when not connected to the internet

20 Dec 2011   #1
vidya

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can Windows download drivers when not connected to the internet

Say I plug a USB in and I'm not connected to the internet can it download drivers for it?


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20 Dec 2011   #2
GianniDPC

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vidya View Post
Say I plug a USB in and I'm not connected to the internet can it download drivers for it?
No, it can't you will have to download drivers on an other PC with an internet connection
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20 Dec 2011   #3
vidya

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

you know if you install windows fresh, does it come with any drivers but like they're not extracted so to speak so that when i plug a usb in it extracts and runs the driver thus downloading it? but before i plugged the usb in it hadn't been activated?
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20 Dec 2011   #4
GianniDPC

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vidya View Post
you know if you install windows fresh, does it come with any drivers but like they're not extracted so to speak so that when i plug a usb in it extracts and runs the driver thus downloading it? but before i plugged the usb in it hadn't been activated?
But no worry if you install windows 7 fresh your USB ports will work (although it did on my pc). And maybe some other devices like video card will be preinstalled it depends on your hardware
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20 Dec 2011   #5
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vidya View Post
Say I plug a USB in and I'm not connected to the internet can it download drivers for it?
Generic drivers are included in Windows 7. So, some peripheral devices when detected by the OS may work with the generic drivers and some may not. They are not being downloaded, however, merely accessed and installed locally on the computer, if available.
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