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Windows 7: Cant upgrade Win 7 in place, tells me to update a non existent driver.

22 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Cant upgrade Win 7 in place, tells me to update a non existent driver.

I'm trying to upgrade my Windows 7 to fix some system errors. However, every time I try to upgrade, it tells me to update my TP-Link Wireless USB Adapter. We had this before but we're currently using a different router now. So this driver is completely useless. However upon checking the device manager, I can seem to find it there. Maybe I'm missing something. I've checked the version of the broken wireless router. It's TP-WR841N v.5.3 I've downloaded the drivers as well. The thing is, I can't update it since I can't find it. I don't think it even exists in the first place.

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22 Apr 2013   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64

Device manager only shows active devices try clicking view then "show hidden devices" and see if your old device appears, if it does then you should be able to remove it :)
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22 Apr 2013   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

In elavated command prompt Elevated Command Prompt :

set  devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
start  devmgmt.msc
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24 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP


I would also consider a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail.
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