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Hi I am just curious about a feature of windows xp that automatically installs drivers upon detection of new hardware that's plugged in.is their anyway you can disable that feature so for instance if i go into device manager and remove driver software when i restart it won't reinstall back the drivers for the device.Is there a part of windows that handles that?Just Curious...
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The bit of XP that handles installing drivers etc is the Plug and Play service... DON'T disable it!
Depends what you're looking to do..
If you're trying to get round the automatic driver installation you can check the properties of the driver in Device Manager, this will tell you what files it's using. YOu could then select to uninstall the device and rename/remove those files. This way it'll ask you for new drivers next time it detects it.
If you just want to change the driver you can select to upgrade and rather than use the automatic detect options you can tell it that you know what driver to use and pick a device and then "Have disk". This way you can pretty much assign any driver to any piece of hardware. It might not work if it's the wrong driver but you can do it.
If there's a piece of hardware you don't want to use any more you could just disable it in Device Manager, this would leave a big red cross over that device which might not look great.  If it's an onboard video or sound that you've replaced with a plugin card maybe you could go in the BIOS and disable it there, then it'll never show in device manager.
If it's a device that you have the drivers installed for but isn't connected any more you can clean up the drivers by opening a command prompt and typing
set devmgr_show_non_present_devices=1 <enter>
and then at the next prompt
start devmgmt.msc <enter>
You can go through and remove any greyed out devices.

Hope this isn't too confusing!
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Well it isn't confusing atold....What happen is that I installed a windows called xp black 8.1 glass,and it automatically installs all drivers for most devices including the one for my tv tuner card.But it seems like that driver gives problems....I tried updating to the driver I have on the original cd that came with my tv tuner card but it wasn't goin in.So I was thinking off removing the drivers/software in device manager restart the computer then put in the drivers from the cd for the card but what happens is that upon bootup windows xp black automatically installs back the drivers and I am not able to use the drivers from the cd...So if i can disable that automatic driver install feature maybe i can be able to put in that drivers from the original cd that came with the tv tuner card.Am I making sense?Cause I don't think I have another choice to get that original tv tuner drivers from the cd to install and stay.
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Maybe you could remove the tv card from your machine, use the option to show_non_present_devices, check the properties and remove the reference to the tv card, along with the files for it?  Then put the tv card back in and try and find the drivers from there.
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ok think i would use your first solution and try it and see what happens...thanks...
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