Unable to autoinstall ANY drivers on XP Pro

Posted on 2007-07-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I just purchased a new ThinkPad T60p running Windows XP Pro. I'm having an odd problem with installing drivers.

When I plug in any device (even a thumb drive!) I get the add new hardware wizard. If I select to install the drivers automatically, it fails and says it can't find any drivers. If I manually point to the c:\windows\inf directory, it will install the drivers just fine.

I confirmed Plug-n-play service is indeed running, but I can't figure out what the issue is. Any ideas on how to rectify this so that drivers that are already on the system install automatically?

Question by:jalant
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    Accepted Solution

    Windows searches a predefined path on the drive, looking in .inf files to find the best match for the Plug and Play ID of the device.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DevicePath: REG_EXPAND_SZ:%SystemRoot%\Inf

    Modify this entry to point to the inf folder.

    Author Comment

    Perfect, thanks! For some reason that entire entry was missing.

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