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Windows 7: How to install device drivers during Windows7 install

12 Jan 2012   #11
Beekhof

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Message to theog:

I read your advice: "How to Load SATA Driver in Windows 7 setup"

When you install Vista or Win 7, setup can not find your Hard Drive.




Do you have experience with it? That means if the sata-driver is not installed the above message is the result.
Or in other words: I don't have received this message (in the installation process of W7 on P7P55D MoBo), does that mean the right sata-driver is installed, saying that not the cause of your problem?


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12 Jan 2012   #12
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
Or in other words: I don't have received this message (in the installation process of Windows 7 on P7P55D MoBo), does that mean the right sata-driver is installed, saying that not the cause of your problem?
If your HD Drive is showing the right drivers are installed in setup.
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12 Jan 2012   #13
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

About which files are the real drivers. I'm not 100% up to date on this but I believe .inf is an install file for the driver and .sys files are part of the driver as well as any other .dll files and sometimes other files. The .inf file list a number of things including matching Hardware ID's, the required files to copy (.sys, .dll), reg entries and the Device Description that shows in Device Manager.

For example if you required the drivers to complete the steps in "How to Load SATA Driver in Windows 7 setup" you would download the latest "Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology" driver and extract it. Open the folder and browse to "\Driver\64bit" (or "32bit" if you had a 32bit Windows). Then copy all the files except the 2 .txt files to a floppy, CD/DVD or USB. You shouldn't have to copy the iaAHCI files really unless your SATA mode in the BIOS is configured as AHCI. The txtsetup.oem is only required for this type of install and the .cat files I'm not sure but you need them. This will only install the driver and not the software that comes with it.

For your LAN driver you would find the required files in "\Win 7\64" (without space) or "\RIS\64". If you don't know what RIS is then you don't need them, you only need one of the folders and I'm 99% sure it won't be RIS. Do you need both the .sys and .dll file, who cares keep them all together and you can't go wrong, you could go through the .inf to find out but thats not always easy and not necessary. You won't be able to install the LAN driver the same way as your SATA above.

Other people please correct me if I'm wrong, I would hate to have given any wrong info.
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13 Jan 2012   #14
Beekhof

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Duzzy, my many thanks for help to understand installation of device drivers (DD).
On the P7P55D I found (yesterday) a tutorial how to install DD BEFORE or after W-Xp or W7 install on a PC.
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14 Jan 2012   #15
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't know what tutorial you found but after Windows is installed the easiest way to install a driver is to run the setup.exe or with Asus drivers/software run AsusSetup.exe.
If no setup.exe then use device manager - update driver. This can be a problem with some like my chipset driver which would fail when running setup.exe, you would have to manually update several devices and I didn't know which ones. I solved this with the "$WinPEDriver$" folder during install. The setup.exe has now been updated but I still do it during install.
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04 Aug 2013   #16
Shrike49

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Duzzy View Post
About which files are the real drivers. I'm not 100% up to date on this but I believe .inf is an install file for the driver and .sys files are part of the driver as well as any other .dll files and sometimes other files. The .inf file list a number of things including matching Hardware ID's, the required files to copy (.sys, .dll), reg entries and the Device Description that shows in Device Manager.

For example if you required the drivers to complete the steps in "How to Load SATA Driver in Windows 7 setup" you would download the latest "Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology" driver and extract it. Open the folder and browse to "\Driver\64bit" (or "32bit" if you had a 32bit Windows). Then copy all the files except the 2 .txt files to a floppy, CD/DVD or USB. You shouldn't have to copy the iaAHCI files really unless your SATA mode in the BIOS is configured as AHCI. The txtsetup.oem is only required for this type of install and the .cat files I'm not sure but you need them. This will only install the driver and not the software that comes with it.

For your LAN driver you would find the required files in "\Win 7\64" (without space) or "\RIS\64". If you don't know what RIS is then you don't need them, you only need one of the folders and I'm 99% sure it won't be RIS. Do you need both the .sys and .dll file, who cares keep them all together and you can't go wrong, you could go through the .inf to find out but thats not always easy and not necessary. You won't be able to install the LAN driver the same way as your SATA above.

Other people please correct me if I'm wrong, I would hate to have given any wrong info.
Hi All,

Had exactly the Same Question as Beekof regarding exactly which files (extension) the Device Drivers are?

Duzzy Seems to have covered the question pretty well (PP Quote above & thanks) but thought I would add the following after having done a little research!!

When Installing windows 7 and after clicking on the CUSTOM install, you get a option to "Load Driver" at bottom left of the dialog box. Clicking on it takes you to another Dialog Box and you need to supply the Device Driver, that is navigate to where the Device Driver/Drivers are!! This, from what I can figure out, is the FOLDER Containing the Device Drivers. The Device Drivers are actually made up of AT LEAST twp (2) file's. One with a ".inf" the other a ".cat" extension. The ".inf" file is actually a text format file containing information about the manufacturer, the specific device etc etc - IT's a Infomation file!
The ".Cat" would contain (I'm NOT 100% Sure) other info such as registry keys etc to be set in the Registry.

IN A NUTSHELL, Locating a Device Driver is a matter of finding the ".inf" & ".cat" file's in a Folder such as "Win_7" or "x64". Once Selected the "Load Driver" pass the Source back to the Windows 7 Installer which then installs the Device Driver by finding ANY ".inf" files!

I managed to find the following "Working with Setup Information (.inf) Files" (Click on Link) which explains a lot.

I'm NOT SURE if you can say Install your ChipSet Drivers & then go back and Load additional Drivers (SATA, LAN etc) individually by selecting a different folder each time OR maybe you can setup a Folder with sub folders containing each set of drivers. EG $Drivers$/Chipset - $Drivers$/SATA - $Drivers$/LAN. Then if you Select the "$Drivers$" Folder will the "Load Driver" find the Sub folders??? Hopefully some will know the answer to that One.

Thanks to all who have contributed and hope the above help's others!
Shrike49
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24 Jun 2015   #17
briansdough

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi, I have a custom built computer (GA-F2A85X-UP4 AMD A10-5800k) and had to reinstall windows. I was able to get all drivers from Gig website but I still cannot use them to update USB. I get an error message stating "windows has found the files for the drivers but it cannot install..." Any suggestions?

Thanks
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24 Jun 2015   #18
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did you try in device manager - right click - update driver - browse - and point to the USB driver folder?
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