Cannot install this hardware, access is denied

Posted on 2007-10-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
All of a sudden my LAN adapter on my laptop does not respond.  The device manager says the driver needs to be reinstalled, but when I do so I get "cannot install this hardware, access is denied"

I am logged in as administrator
I tried creating a new local admin account in case the profile was corrupt
I've tried uninstalling from device manager, rebooting, reinstalling
Even tried disabling in BIOS, rebooting, enabling, rebooting.....nothing works!!

I really don't want to rebuild the OS, does anyone know where this permission issue stems from?  Registry key I can edit?

Dell D630
NIC is Broadcomm NetExtreme Gigabit
Question by:ipswitch
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    Expert Comment

    Maybe somewhere in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum?  But personally I would rebuild.
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    Expert Comment

    Is this a built in LAN Adapter? Or a card inserted?
    LVL 91

    Expert Comment

    you can test the lan, it can be bad :
    LVL 39

    Expert Comment

    Open cover, remove the card. Restart system then power down again. Install card back, let system redetects the card and then select manual install drivers.

    Accepted Solution

    decided to rebuild, thanks for trying everyone.

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