How do i disable the Windows XP autodetect for new hardware??

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I want to manually install the drivers for my sound card (Santa Cruz Turtle beach), but everytime I uninstall my drivers and restart windows, it automatically detects new hardware and tries to install it for me.  It ends up doing a piss poor job at it, and so i still have no sound.  

If i uninstall the drivers, and immediately try to install some new drivers that i downloaded, the autodetect thing pops up again in the middle of my installation.  I'm already installing the hardware that I want, and the autodetect wizard still pops up.  How do i disable the thing?

Oh yeah, this is all for windows XP.  i'm running a double boot with Win2k, and i'm experiencing no problems in terms of hardware (software is another issue....).
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Commented:
Open the Device Manager

Start > Run devmgmt.msc

Go to the sound card and double click on it. Click on the Driver tab and then click on the Update driver button.

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Already done that over and over.  The problem is the hardware update wizard.  I don't want to use the WinXP hardware update wizard.  I've downloaded completely new drivers with a self installer.  My problem is that every time i run the driver installer, the windows xp hardware update wizard decideds to run at the same time due to the autodetect feature.

Pretty much i don't want anything to have to do with the windows hardware autodetect.  i just want it off or disabled.

Thanks though.

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On one of the screens in the Hardware wizard you should see a section

Optional search locations and one of them is Specify a location. If you choos that then you can tell XP where the drivers are you want to install.

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yeah, i've done that, but it's doesn't work, because the drivers are in a zip file, and when i extract it, the only thing that gets extracted is a Setup file.  so, the hardware wizard can't get the drivers from the location.  i need to use the Setup file, since the drivers have a self installer and are compressed in the zip/rar file.

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Hmm odd. I never ran across a problem were running a driver setup interacted with the wizard. The dirvers just installled with nt iterference from the OS. Some times I get a message that the drivers weren't signed but I just pushed the button and the drivers installed.

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yeah, i've done that, but it's doesn't work, because the drivers are in a zip file, and when i extract it, the only thing that gets extracted is a Setup file.  so, the hardware wizard can't get the drivers from the location.  i need to use the Setup file, since the drivers have a self installer and are compressed in the zip/rar file.

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Instead of restarting Windows after removing the drivers see what happens if you run the driver setup file before rebooting.

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heh, oops, accidentally reposted the same message...

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yeah, i've done that one too. however, in the middle of running the installer, the hardware wizards pops up WHILE it's already installing and screws everything up.  I don't see why windows won't just leave it alone and let it do its thing.

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Here is what it says in the readme file

WINDOWS XP
1. Install the Santa Cruz card in the PC.

2. Connect your powered speakers, microphone, and any other audio peripherals
   to the appropriate inputs and outputs on the Santa Cruz.

3. Turn on your PC. When Windows has booted for the first time after
   installing the Santa Cruz hardware in your computer, Windows will report
   new hardware found. This message box may appear as:
      'Sound Fusion'
      'Turtle Beach Santa Cruz' or
      'Multimedia Audio Controller'
   select the cancel button on the "New Hardware Found" window to close and
   return to the Windows desktop.

   NOTE:
   You must click on Cancel at this screen to properly install the Santa Cruz.

4. Launch the TBSCruz4161s.exe from where it was saved on your system.

5. Follow the instructions that appear during the install, selecting the
   options that best match your audio setup.

6. When the installation is complete click 'Finish'. The Santa Cruz will be
   ready for use.
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Ok here is something you could try.

Remove the sound card from the Device manager.

Now do

Start > Run services.msc

Double click on the Plug and Play service and disable it. Now reboot and see if you can install the drivers. Don't forget to set the service back to automatic when you are finished.

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Wow!  Thanks bud, you've been a big help.  You have a lot of patiences.  Do you work tech support or something or do you just have fun doing this stuff?  

Thanks a lot.

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I just have fun doing this. I also learn thinga as I do this. Like this question. I kept thinking that there has to be a way to by pass the wizard and then it dawn on me about the Plug and Play service. :>)

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