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How to disable auto install of drivers for devices in Windows XP

Archael
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Whenever I remove the drivers for my video card in Windows XP in hopes of installing new ones when I boot up, Windows finds the device, and installs drivers for it, and thus keeps me from installing the ones I wanted. Is there a way to disable this process? Or a way to make it so that XP has to ask to install things?
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Hi Archael,

Can't you Update the driver from Device Manager?

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Netman66, MCSE, MCT
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This might also be a problem with the PnP feature...

Try removing all PnP instances from device manager:

Click Start
Click Run
In the 'Open' box, type:
CMD
and press <ENTER>

Now, at the command prompt that appears, type the following lines exactly as listed here (misspelling will not generate an error):

 SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1 <ENTER>
 START DEVMGMT.MSC <ENTER>

In the Device Manager window that opens, click View from the toolbar and then click "Show all hidden devices".

Find your hardware and delete it from this list.  Reboot.

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Yeah you can, but the driver thats being installed is about the same version thats installed currently so it won't install it since "the one already installed is the better choice" or something like that
i'll give that at try sirbounty, thanks
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