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Windows 7: Installing driver (i.e. how force install!) Tried everything

27 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7
Installing driver (i.e. how force install!) Tried everything

Hey guys I am on windows 7 (home prem so cant do the group fix), atheros AR9285 802.11b/g/n and trying to install a different driver for it (net card)

Everytime i try to install the driver windows says they have the most up to date one and i cant force install. I have spent hours reading and have manually selected windows updates. I have backed up drivers and uninstalled the driver and tried to install but windows seems to find a way of getting the old driver.

I have also installed programs to override windows verification of drivers etc.... tried a lot and spent hours!! I have searched threads here and elsewhere and tried all people say but still windows thinks it is helpful...

Does any one have experience in how to do this as it is driving me insane!
Endlessly going on tangents to do something i thought would be simple and a bit of intellectual curiousity!
thanks a lot in advance!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Did you uninstall the old/
If no, I will tell you how

If yes.
Download and use ccleaner to get rid of the remnants.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7
yes uninstalled

in driver tab have tried:
disable and install
uninstall and then try install
update driver and install...
thnks, downloading cccleaner. will try uninstall, clean and install...lets see!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Oct 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

The only thing that I could think of is that some remnants remain; Ccleaner will take care of that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

just a tip. before uninstalling look at driver details. It will say the location of the files.
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then uninstall. then navigate to the driver location(s) delete the files listed and try to manualy re-install.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7

OMG, and they say cochroaches can live through nuclear attack...thanks you two so far..

So, this is what i did.
1. selected atheros / driver / uninstall / click delete driver software / ok
2. uninstalls
3. delete athrx.sys from sys32 but cant delete the vwifibus.sys (there are two listed - can't delete vwifibus.sys. saysi i need permission from TrustedInstaller??)
4. ran cccleaner - cleaner ex google (as it is open now, but did the first time i tried, which deleted all my history!) then registery and deleted all
5. press scan for hardware becomes helpful again
seriously, i missing something?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

In regards to the drivers that you cannot delete. If you are sure that you do not need them, you can manually change the .exe to .bup. effectively they will not be used as the computer will not be able to find them. Word of warning if trusted installer has constrol, they are important for the OS. Using this method, you can restore them if necessary. I would not uninstall.

You did about all that you could.

Try this:
Type cmd, in search
In cmd, type driverquery. You will get a list of current drivers. Make sure the one you are trying to replace is not listed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

with vwifibus.sys you need to take ownership of it.
1)Right click file select properties
2)Go to security
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3)select advanced
4)click owner
5)Click other users or groups
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6)click advanced
7)click find now
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8)select the user(you)
9)click ok
10)click ok
11)double click your name in the list
12)click ok - click ok - click ok (ok any remaining windows)
You should be able to delete the file now

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Just do added information.

Before I download and install any new drivers or applications I create a restore point.
This will allow you to do an uninstall and then do a system restore and have your system back where it was before you changed anything.
I find this useful knowing my system is now back to where it was before I made any changes, and can start over from the same point.

Have you tried using this tutorial Drivers - Turn Off Automatic Driver Installation

Also try to install the downloaded driver with your internet connection unplugged.
You can also try installing from device manager>go to the device>update driver software>browse my computer>let me pick>have disk>browse to the file where the driver is>either run the setup.exe file or try clicking or double clicking the.inf file and see if it will install this way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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