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Windows 7: Hardware Identification

Hardware Identification

Published by Dwarf
24 Mar 2010
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If you have got hardware on your system, but are not sure of the manufacturer of that device and hence where to download drivers for it, then this might help. Note that it is not exhaustive, and that there may be omissions and possible errors.

PCI Vendor and Device Lists

To use it, simply find the relevant device IDs in the Device Manager. I shall use my graphics card as an example.

To get this information, open the Device Manager. Click to expand the category you are interested in and then double-click the relevant sub-category (alternatively, click on the sub-category and then click on the Properties icon). In the Properties page that appears, click on the Details tab. In the Properties dropdown, select Hardware Ids. The information you require can usually be found in the first entry.

Hardware Identification-capture.png

The information that we want is already highlighted, so let's have a look at it in more detail. I've copied it here, to make it clearer.


We are only interested in the data highlighted in RED (the vendor) and BLUE (the device ID).

Now that we have got this information, we need to input it on the website (link given above).

Hardware Identification-capture1.png

Clicking on Search yields the following.

Vendor search: (Useful for identifying the manufacturer's website.)

Hardware Identification-capture2.png

Device search: (Identifies the device itself. Note that you need to match both IDs here.)

Hardware Identification-capture3.png

24 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Good post, that's a useful tool. By the way, I have the same GFX card as you.

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24 Mar 2010   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Very useful. I always wondered what company make is my onboard sound card. Now I know its Conexant. :)
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04 Apr 2010   #3


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04 Apr 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
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12 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7
Thanks again!!

I will try that when I am at my work PC tomorrow. I already know its a SigmaTel card fitted as standard on my Dell 1510c. I have seen loads of posts/complaints about the absence of a Win 7 driver for this model but I will certainly try this solution.
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02 Dec 2018   #6

Windows 10 solved: with Win7 x64 driver

THANK YOU so much!
I installed Win 10 Pro on an inherited HP ProBook 6555b and most drivers were OK except three.
I found a post where the HWID was the same as mine via Google. The solution was an HP Win7 x64
driver from the mfr site. Fixed one problem.
Then I had two mystery Error 28 drivers; used this post to figure out it was a Ricoh SD card PCI driver.
Went to HP, downloaded the Win 7 x64 driver, BOOOM! Fixed BOTH Error drivers in Win 10 pro.
Thank you
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02 Dec 2018   #7
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The vendor/dev link no longer works.
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03 Dec 2018   #8


Use this link: PCI Lookup
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03 Dec 2018   #9
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Nice, thanks! Bookmarked.
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