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Windows 7: Which File? (The system cannot find the file specified)

26 Dec 2012   #1
Beef Wellington

Windows 7 & XP
Which File? (The system cannot find the file specified)

I have a Windows 7 driver installation question that has been nagging me for awhile. I now turn to the forums for help.

If I try to install a driver and not all of the driver files are present, I will get the error message "The system cannot find the file specified." But the problem is that it doesn't actually tell me what file it can't find. There is a large empty space right underneath the error, as if something should be in that spot, but the file name is not listed there.

(The above example is if you were to update the driver manually. Like if you were to click 'Update Driver', then 'Browse my computer for driver software', then 'Browse' to the directory with the INF file in it, and then click 'Next'.)

In Windows XP, if you received the same error, it would show you the name of the missing file.

My question is this... Is there a way to make Windows 7 display the actual file name it cannot find, like it did in Windows XP?

** Note - I am not looking for help installing drivers, or for alternative means of installing drivers. The above picture is just an example, it's not a driver I am having problems with. I just want to know if it's possible to figure out the missing file name.

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26 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

What driver are you trying to update and for what reason? Most of us download the drivers directly from the vendors website.
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