1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Installing drivers

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Brogan, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2003
    Messages:
    7,476
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +481
    When installing a new piece of hardware, is it better to install the drivers first or hardware first?

    In the specific case when the driver is an .exe file, when Windows 'searches for a driver', obviously it can't find it.
    In this instance is it better to
    A: run the .exe file first then shutdown and install the hardware or
    B: install the hardware, cancel the Windows auto search and run the .exe file?
     
  2. KraGorn

    KraGorn
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    Messages:
    4,740
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    68
    Location:
    Warrington
    Ratings:
    +27
    Install the hardware first unless otherwise told. :)

    Often the installation of the driver involves the software probing for hardware of that type. True, Windows tries to be helpful by searching for the driver, it usually allows you to Browse for the installer if it [Windows] can't find it automatically. If all else fails, Cancel out of the New Hardware Wizard and run the .EXE manually, as per your option B.

    Very rarely a driver installer says it needs to be run before installing the hardware, but IMX that is very rare.
     
  3. Brogan

    Brogan
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2003
    Messages:
    7,476
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +481
    Thanks for that.

    I thought that was the case but thought I'd double check.
     
  4. The Dude

    The Dude
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    4,906
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Beverley, East Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +1,230
    USB devices such as scanners / printers / cameras are the only things that generally need the driver installing first..
     
  5. Brogan

    Brogan
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2003
    Messages:
    7,476
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +481
    Thanks Dude.

    Now can you help me with my other thread about my RAID controller? :lease:
     

Share This Page

Loading...