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(Solved) - Windows 7 Home - Stopping Automatic Driver Installation

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  • Started 1 year ago by Geeked
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Geeked
Posts: 9

This laptop is running Windows 7 Home

I uninstalled the Windows 7 Generic HD Audio Driver because I want to manually install a previous version.
After restarting Windows 7 automatically re-installs the windows generic driver..

I have tried the following:
Start / Computer / Properties / Advanced System Settings / System Properties
Hardware Tab / Device Installation Settings / Never install driver software from windows update.

But the "Never statement"...... it only implies drivers from live update..... windows still continues to update from locally stored drivers.

My Questions

1. How do prevent drivers auto installing generic drivers on restart?

2. When I delete a driver it is no longer visible in device manager folder tree.
How can I make all uninstalled devices visible as in previous versions with a yellow triangle?

I have done extensive searching on the internet and there does not appear to be any Geeks out there
that know how to do this so help towards a method would be much appreciated.

Thanks In Advance

Posted 1 year ago
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AlanWade
AlanWade
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Have a look at this link.

Posted 1 year ago
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vistamike
vistamike
Posts: 10945

Geeked, you can manually install the driver at anytime. It is always good to uninstall the original/previous driver, just don't reboot when you do this because the generic driver will load automatically.
install the new driver, if it is required then reboot.

Mike

Posted 1 year ago
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vistamike
vistamike
Posts: 10945

take control?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....-in-vista/

Mike

Posted 1 year ago
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Geeked
Posts: 9

Hello
Thanks for all the replies.

When I uninstalled the HD Audio Driver I could no longer see the device to install it again.
How do I see the device in the Device Manager Folder tree to get access to it's properties so I can
manually install the driver I want?

Posted 1 year ago
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Xhi
Xhi
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You did not uninstall the driver, you uninstalled the device. You have to go to the device properties, driver tab to uninstall the driver. You can also roll back the driver to an older one there, possibly.

Posted 1 year ago
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Geeked
Posts: 9

Hello Xhi
Thanks for the post.
I have been uninstalling the driver exactly the same as explained in my post.
Clicking on Uninstall then provides a warning popup to advise you are uninstalling the device.
In your picture on the left "High Definition Audio Device" disappears from the tree when the driver is uninstalled
The tree updates momentarily once the uninstall button has been clicked.

Posted 1 year ago
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Xhi
Xhi
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How about if you right click the computer name at the top and "scan for hardware changes" does it find it again? Or Add legacy hardware where you can "have disk" ie. your driver executablle, or find it in a list.

Posted 1 year ago
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Geeked
Posts: 9

Hello Xhi
Scanning for hardware changes worked this time.
Maybe I didn't let it run long enough the other times I tried.
It took ages to find anything.

I found I can see hidden devices:
In Computer Management.... on the far right hand column corner of the screen:
Device Manager Drop Arrow / "More Actions" / View / Hidden Devices

Anyway it " Working"

:)

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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

Whew!!

Posted 1 year ago
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