17 Oct 2017 
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 How to Install a Driver Using Its INF File
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How to Manually Install a Driver using the .INF file.

Sometimes, driver manufacturers do not provide an executable file (.EXE) to install their drivers. Instead, they provide an INF file.

An INF file is short for INFormation file. This is a document that Windows "reads" to know how to install a driver. Following are the instructions to install a driver via its INF file.

NOTE: The steps below assumes that you have already downloaded the new driver recommended by DriverFinder.


STEP 1: Extract .EXE or unzip .ZIP file using 7-Zip Tool. You can use any File unzipping tools (such as WinZip, WinRAR, etc).

1. Right-click the driver file, on popup menu, select 7-zip

2. On pop-up menu, select Extract to "sample\"


STEP 2: Install the driver manually using the .INF file.

(This is important. If the file is not unzipped and it's contents extracted, Windows will not be able to detect the INF file).

For Windows XP

1. Click Start button, right-click My Computer/Computer and select Manage.

    

2. On pop-up Computer Management window, click Device Manager

    

3. Right-click the specific device you want to update, on popup menu, select Update Driver. This will open the Hardware Update Wizard.

    


4. Click No, not this time and then click Next button.

   

5. Click Install from a list or specific location (advanced) and then click Next button.

    

6. Click Search for the best driver in these locations. Click Include this location in the search. Untick [ ]Search removable media (floppy, CD-ROm...) and tick [ / ] Include this location in the search:

    

7. Click Browse button and go to the DriverFinder download location where the driver to be installed is located. Usually this is: C:\Documents and Settings\[your-name]\Application Data\DriverFinder\Download\[driver-folder-number]\.

Tip: If the wizard finds the INF file, the OK button should be clickable (not grayed out).

8. Click Next button.

   

9. Finish the Hardware Update Wizard.

   

10. Reboot your computer.


For Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

1. Open Device Manager.

For Vista and 7

     1.1.  Click Start button, right-click My Computer/Computer and select Manage.

     

     1.2. On pop-up Computer Management window, click Device Manager.