install NIC driver without bundled software?

Posted on 2013-09-18
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Last Modified: 2013-09-19
I have two computers; one Windows 7 and one Vista.  The have retail wireless NIC's from different brands (SMC and D-Link).  The Wireless connection manager that is bundled with the driver install overrides the Windows wireless manager and makes it difficult to manage profiles.  
If I uninstall the wireless manager from the NIC manufacturer, it uninstalls the driver, Windows is unable to locate the driver for it.
Is there a way to backup the installed driver, and then point the new hardware wizard to it after the NIC software is uninstalled?
Question by:AE_JB
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by:Nick Rhode
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Is it like a setup file for the wireless card which includes the software.  You could use 7zip to export the installation files from the bundle or package and see if there is a driver folder.

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by:Mike Roe
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You should be able to have windows do management of the wireless even though program was provided.  Usually found in control panel under the wireless network properties.

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The installer is an .exe
The driver is not available as a separate download.

Windows management still works and profiles can be created, but the wireless manager runs automatically and takes precedence over the windows manager.

So, a solution could be to see if the program settings can be changed so it does not start.  I do not think it is in the startup folder, I will check to see if it is running as a service.
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nobus earned 664 total points
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>>  The installer is an .exe  <<  then you can open it with 7-zip http://www.7-zip.org/

copy the needed files in a folder, and point the install to it (there should be an .inf file)
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deroode earned 668 total points
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After you have installed the program with the included driver, the driver can be found in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository ; Look for one of the newest directories in there, There should be an .inf file in that directory that mentions the wireless NIC.

Copy that directory to a install directory on your pc, remove the software, and install the driver from the copied directory.

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