Automatic detection of INF Driver in Windows XP

Posted on 2009-04-20
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
We have a Vehicle Tracking Unit that we developed which connects to a PC via a USB port. The drivers for this unit is a simple INF file. When the user plugs the unit to the PC via the USB port, he has to browse to this INF file and Windows does the rest. Is there a location I can copy this INF file to so that when the user connects the units to the PC for the first time, Windows automatically finds this driver file? I see there is a hidden folder in the Windows folder called Inf (i.e. C:\Windows\Inf). If I copy the INF file into that folder, will Windows XP automatically find it?
Question by:SETP
LVL 13

Expert Comment

ID: 24184177
>> If I copy the INF file into that folder, will Windows XP automatically find it?

hmmm ..... for my own view, even you copy that INF file into that folder, but under your registry still got nothing .... (normally when you install the drivers , it will install / modify the registry together as well) .... i would say useless as well .....
LVL 26

Accepted Solution

souseran earned 2000 total points
ID: 24185644
See the Existing Windows Installations section of this Microsoft article:

How to Add OEM Plug and Play Drivers to Windows XP


Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
Suggested Courses

840 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question