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Windows 7: How Do I Stop Windows Auto-Installing Drivers?

31 Dec 2009   #11
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

It sometimes helps to unplug the eithernet cable to keep those drivers from installing.


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31 Dec 2009   #12
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
It sometimes helps to unplug the eithernet cable to keep those drivers from installing.
Still no luck
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31 Dec 2009   #13
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I cannot answer your question, but perhaps I can address your issue. Try not rebooting after you uninstall the drivers, and install your own drivers immediately.
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31 Dec 2009   #14
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Plug and Play

try temporarily stopping the plug and play service
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02 Jan 2010   #15
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
I cannot answer your question, but perhaps I can address your issue. Try not rebooting after you uninstall the drivers, and install your own drivers immediately.
Several driver uninstallers either fail to remove all files due to poor programming/configuring or are unable to remove files that are currently in use by the system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
try temporarily stopping the plug and play service
I would love to do this but am unsure how to disable this service. When I attempt to do so through the "services.msc" window I am met with a completely grayed out window.

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02 Jan 2010   #16
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Do This

ok all you have to do is go to device manager and choose the device you want to install a driver for choose browse my computer for driver software then let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer then it will show you a list of drivers to choose from if you have installed several different drivers for a device you can choose which one you want to load at this screen hope this helps
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02 Jan 2010   #17
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
ok all you have to do is go to device manager and choose the device you want to install a driver for choose browse my computer for driver software then let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer then it will show you a list of drivers to choose from if you have installed several different drivers for a device you can choose which one you want to load at this screen hope this helps
I did as instructed and found the list of drivers, two sets of Nvidia display drivers were found. For both driver sets I:

  1. Chose NVIDIA driver from list
  2. Checked Driver Details
  3. Made a list of files associated with said driver
  4. Deleted folder in DriverRepository linked to drive set
  5. Rebooted into safe mode
  6. Used list I made earlier of associated driver and manually removed them

Once both sets were removed in this fashion I ran DriverSweeper to clean up any file or registry remnants from the NVIDIA installers. Windows now automatically loads Standard VGA Graphics Adapter! Now I have a new problem. I am now unable to install new NVIDIA drivers. I have tried the latest drivers from NVIDIA.com (195.62) via two separate methods. Anybody have any idea on what may have gone wrong?

The Installer
I execute the 195.62 installer. It starts up, I agree to the EULA, I am told it is installing the drivers, two seconds later I receive the message "driver installation is complete" followed by this:

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Device Manager
In the Device Manager I right click on the VGA display adapter, select "Update Driver Softare", point it to the directory the NVIDIA installer temporarily unpacks files to for the installer installation process, it searches for a little bit and then this window pops up:


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02 Jan 2010   #18
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Driver Sweeper

I think driver sweeper has caused your issue this has compounded the problem I would try to uninstall all device drivers for the device also check the remove programs list also I think that's where you went wrong video cards usually include uninstaller when you remove from remove programs list it completely removes everything.
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02 Jan 2010   #19
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Alright I'm going nuts.

  • I've restored the folders deleted from the FileRepository folder
  • I've restored the three files manually deleted from the System32 folder
  • I downloaded my drivers from Windows Update and they restore my display. However, even with them installed I still get the same error if I attempt to install the latest drivers.
  • I've tried add/remove program uninstallation after Windows Update drivers were installed

Windows is making no attempt to install its "comes with windows" drivers. I've used DriverSweeper for over three years in WindowsXP and I've never had a problem to date. I've even used it before this to uninstall NVIDIA Display drivers in Safe Mode. Windows would keep reinstalling the FileRepository version upon startup but the point is I've used it in the past successfully with no problems. DriverSweeper unfortunately is refusing to restore the backup it made earlier today. The program crashes when I attempt to do so and its log files for what it did are not in an ascii friendly format. I'm going nuts

EDIT
Wouldn't you know I don't have any backups and since I was testing Windows on this 40GB drive I chose to disable System Restore.
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02 Jan 2010   #20
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Manual Install

when you choose to install the driver your self look for the microsoft video display driver in the list or is it not listed at all

you can always to a repair install of 7 if need be
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