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Windows Plug and Play Not Searching Into C:\Windows\inf

Posted on 2007-11-21
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I think I have something wrong in my registry, so windows plug and play automatically driver search not working anymore.
When I plug new device into my laptop, windows will pop Found New Hardware Wizard, when I choose Install the software automatically, windows can't find driver for it, and it really fast, just a couple of second. Currently to solve the problem, I have to pick Install from specific location, and I point it to C:\Windows\inf. Sometimes it doesn't work well, eventhough it's working, some driver istall program in multiple places, for example i must choose in the program files folder, and then in windows inf folder, so the device can work properly. How do I make windows automatically search driver in windows\inf again?
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by:John Gates, CISSP
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Why don't you do an upgrade install of XP to correct any file system problems with windows itself?

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Adam Leinss earned 1000 total points
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Check the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Devicepath

Should be %SYSTEMROOT%\inf
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by:fajar79
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thanks aleinss, your answer help me from reinstall, you're correct, it point into somewhere else..., and now PNP automatic driver search work again...
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by:Adam Leinss
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Glad you have it all fixed up!
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by:micral
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In my case this solution worked for an automated windows 2003 deployment with Microsoft SCCM 2007 not reverting back to the default path after a succesfull deployment.
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