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What's the difference between .sys driver and .cab driver?

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#1 d1430


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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

I know the .cab archive contains different files, like .ini and .pci files. Can I convert one from the other? I really need a .cab for a Realtek RTL8102E/RTL8103E but all I can find is the .sys driver, and I need the .cab.
Also, wondering what the difference is.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

.cabinet file is like self installer or a extracted file for window http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(file_format)
.sys file are sys drivers for the driver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.sys

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#3 d1430

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:13 PM

That answer was beside the point,
what is the difference between the two -- why are both needed? and can I convert a .sys to .cab driver?

Edited by d1430, 23 May 2012 - 05:13 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:58 PM

.cab files are compacted files, stored for future use/utility...while a file with a .sys ending is not compacted, is just a file ready for use.


The analogy you could make is that .cab files are similar to files in a .zip or other archived format.


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