Posted 26 September 2006 - 03:35 AM
I was reading an interesting thread here where Enthusiast provided this piece of advice on device updating: "...save the drivers, and delete those devices, reboot, allow Windows to find and install the devices and navigate to where you saved them.
This is going to seem like a dumb question, but if I delete my old driver, and particularly a vital one like the HD disk drive or IDE drive, etc.If I do this before the final install of its replacement could this cause problems? How does the machine function during the interim when there is no device at all?
I guess its because (Windows XP) is designed not to ACTUALLY stop using the old device until a switch thats done during bootup?
I just recently had a BSOD, and thanks to reading this forum, was able to solve it by rolling back a recently installed updated NEC display driver. I had thought it was a corrupted update, but now I'm thinking that I should have deleted my old driver first, because I didn't update directly thru Device Manager. NEC had me run a small program that installed a bunch of .INF files somewhere).
Also, can windows find these drivers as long as they have .inf extension??
Thanks again, yardcat.