load a .sys driver manually (not using device manager)

I am trying to install a network adapter on my laptop with no success. I have the correcect drivers from the dell website, and the adaptor is detected each time I restart. However, the driver will not install, and selecting the folder with the driver gives the error "the specified location does not have information on your hardware" I am selecting the folder with the .inf file, and I am now at the point where I would like to try to load the .sys file manually. How do I do this?
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Goodangel MatopeSoftware ArchitectAsked:
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CharliePete00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You may be in luck.  Run the installer so it will extract the files you need to the temp folder but do not interact with any dialogue boxes (be sure to pay attention to the time). Check the following locations for temp files created about the time you started the installer:

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp
%windir%\Temp
%SystemDrive%\Temp

Use device manager to locate the correct inf file.  Install manually or use device manager to install
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CharliePete00Commented:
1.  Which OS and service pack is on the machine?
2.  Did the driver come with an installer? (setup.exe or some such)
3.  Is the driver the correct one for the OS on the machine?
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Goodangel MatopeSoftware ArchitectAuthor Commented:
winxp no sp. Need network adapter to work so I can install service packs

driver came with installer, and I have repeatedly tried to run the driver no success.

yes driver is correct for  OS and machine. Even downloaded latest driver from dell website
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