how to change the name of a driver in windows xp

i need to change the name of a driver in windows xp. i need it to work with another application which depends on the driver, but i cant figure out how to change it. I've seen some articles about changing it in the registry but i can't figure it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Samz411Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You cannot change within Device Driver. You have to search through all the registry locations for the correct key and then change the key.

CAUTION:  This may NOT be a good idea, so for certain, back up your computer first.
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Samz411Author Commented:
for example, if the driver is showing up in device manager as: HID-Complaint mouse and i want it to say MS Mouse
how do i do that?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to change it in the registry and all the places it occurs in the registry.

In 30 years, I have NEVER had to change the name of the mouse driver. Never any need.

Windows-8-Mouse-Name
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Samz411Author Commented:
i was just using the mouse as an example. its not the mouse driver name i need to change. but i've also tried changing it and it hasn't worked. Is there a specific spot in the registry or do i need to change every single instance i see of it? is there any other place i need to change the name as well?
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nobusbiljart fanCommented:
why do you need to change the driver name??
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Samz411Author Commented:
so that it works with another application. the application is looking for a specific name in device manager, but the hardware is no longer available so i need to trick the app to use the replacement hardware (its a legacy app)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Strange application indeed. No normal (or even half normal) application needs a different name for a driver than the given name.

So then you have to search through the registry as I showed above, find all the locations and change the name in all locations. Back up first.
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Samz411Author Commented:
i will try this weekend and let you know what happens
thanks
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have answered this question ( http:#a40763025 ). You need to find every place in the registry and change the driver name that way.

(Bad idea, but it can be done).
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