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How to install a driver when there's no installation .exe file to run


Drivers typically download as an EXE or ZIP file...
When a driver downloads as an .EXE file, you only
need double click the .EXE. The EXE file installs
the driver for you
If a driver downloads as a .ZIP file: Extract the
content and save to a folder on your Desktop.
Open the folder and look if there's a Setup.exe file
If you see a Setup.exe double click to run
On occasion the setup file may be
named something else
If you happen to see a file named
Uninstall.exe, ignore it. It's the
uninstaller, not the installation EXE
But if the top level of the folder doesn't
include a Setup.exe installation file, try
directing Windows to the folder you want it
to install
1. Open Device Manager. Right click
the the device you want to install.
Select Update Driver
2. Click No, not this time then Next
3. Click Install from a list or specific
location then Next
4. Check Include this location in the
search then Browse to the folder
you saved on your Desktop (I.e. the
extracted ZIP file) then Next
5. If Windows thinks the driver in the
folder is a match for the device you
selected, it will install it. Reboot to
allow driver installation to complete
Once driver installation is complete you
can delete the folder on your Desktop. (But
you may want to save it somewhere
should you ever need to reinstall the driver
TIP: fyi.... When you use this method to
direct Windows
> Windows is looking for .INF files in the
folder (Windows ignores EXE files in this
case. It looks for INF files to tell it how to
do the install)
> If there are no INF files in the folder,
Windows won't even let you select the
folder when you Browse in step 4
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