Force Windows 2000 to use a specific .inf file

Force Win2k to use a specific .inf file
Red Gibbs

Reader Red Gibbs offers a simple tip for using specific .inf files for particular reasons.

You can force Win2k to use a specific .inf file during a driver installation. This can be very useful if you are trying to backup a version.

Here is how you can get Windows 2000 to use the .inf file that goes with the driver you are trying to install:

  • When you open the Properties of your device and select the Drives tab, select the Update button. This starts the Update Wizard.
  • On the second screen, select Display a List of Known Devices. Then click on the Have Disk button.
  • Next click on the Browse button.
  • Drill down to find the driver.inf file you want to use to install.

This has been a pretty straightforward tip till now. Now, my tip is to right click on that driver file and select the Install option. After the short installation click OK. Now Windows will use that .inf file to install the driver.

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Related Book

Mastering™ Windows® 2000 Server
Author : Mark Minasi
Publisher : Sybex
Published : Mar 2001
Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows NT has long been the #1 choice of NT administrators. Mastering Windows 2000 Server continues this tradition, giving you all the conceptual and practical information you need to get the most out of Microsoft's latest network operating system. This is the premier resource for configuring, administering, and tuning Windows 2000 Server as part of a corporate enterprise network. You can depend on it for clear, authoritative instruction in hundreds of techniques that will make your work easier and your job more secure. Updates to this edition include a complete mini-book on DNS, expanded coverage of Active Directory, and new coverage of unattended rollouts.

This was first published in June 2001

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