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Windows 7: Is it possible to install a driver only on one profile?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
ImSorry

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is it possible to install a driver only on one profile?

So for a long time I have wanted to install a driver for one profile on my computer.
For context, what I want to do is install my Wacom Tablet drivers so I can draw, but there's also a game I play that plays better with a deferent driver set for the tablet to optimize the tablets movement, for obvious reasons they both can't be installed at the same time.

I was wondering if one driver could be installed on one profile and a deferent driver for another profile, that way I can have a profile for drawing and one for this game.

The main reason I want to do that is because I would dual boot 2 Windows 7's and switch between them as a work around for what I wanted to do, but I don't want to do that anymore because it's so annoying to do.

If this isn't possible, is it possible to somehow switch between the drivers but also keep them installed? maybe a program that enables one driver and disables another without going into services and looking for a driver and disabling it and looking for the other to enable it and so on.

Thanks in advance!


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Imsorry,

Dont think thats possible.

However you can have a driver with the same name, strange as it seems.
I have a laptop with 2 wifi drivers named the same.

So unplug your tablet dissable the currently installed.
REBOOT
Plug your tablet in, install the second set of drivers.
Both should then be available, switch between them for your preference.


Roy

Device Manager Shortcut - Create

there is a another way using a batch script via Windows SDK
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You could try the virtualized OS idea. What this does is allows you to run an OS in an OS. You can get VMware Workstation Player for free and install Windows 7 in there. Now you can install one set of drivers on your host (your main computer) and another set of drivers in the guest (in VMware).

To emulate the USB connection in VMware Workstation Player, see my screenshot.




I would do the gaming part on the host (your main computer) and the drawing part in the guest (VMware)

Your other option is to install both drivers, create a shortcut to Device Manager on the desktop and enable/disable the drivers as necessary. Though, I'm not sure if that will work or how easy it would be to do that.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
ImSorry

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Dont think that's possible.
ok that clears my thoughts on that question. Thank you on the alternative you gave me, I'll give it a try and see how it goes! Thank you torchwood.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
You could try the virtualized OS idea. What this does is allows you to run an OS in an OS. You can get VMware Workstation Player for free and install Windows 7...
Thank you for another great idea! I'll give this a shot as well and see how well it goes. I do hope it goes well considering that I don't have a really powerful laptop, but for simple things like drawing, I'm sure a VM would suffice. I'll give the VM you gave me a try, other VM's in the past have lagged the hell out of my laptop so I hope it all goes well with this one. Thanks a lot Simpilot.

Thank you, to the both of you! This was a great help! :)
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh. Yeah, if you're laptop is suffering in the CPU and RAM department it may be futile to run a virtualized OS.
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