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Driver - Install in Device Manager in Windows 8

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    Driver - Install in Device Manager in Windows 8

    Driver - Install in Device Manager in Windows 8
    How to Install a Driver in Device Manager in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by theog is offline
    29 Sep 2012
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    How to Install a Driver in Device Manager in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    This will show how to install drivers in Device Manager in Windows 8.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to install drivers.




    Here's How:


    NOTE: For this example, I am Using Windows 7 drivers.

    1) Type devmgmt.msc in Search bar

    2) Click on Device Manager

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    3) Click on Update Driver Software

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    4) Click on Browse my computer for drivers software

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    5) Click on Browse

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    6) Navigate to and select the folder that contains the driver for this device, and click on OK

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    7) Click on next

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    8) Click on Close.

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    9) Restart your PC

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    All done.
    Ray


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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Nice tut Ray, well done.

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    Thank you, Dave.
    Ray
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Such details!
    Very well made. Useful for many beginners.

    It's something I already know but never had the guts to post/screen all the procedure.
    You know, when this is a routine, it just takes a few seconds to apply.
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    Thank you, Hopachi.
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    Hi there theog! .
    I was wondering if you could please explain to me how to install an earlier version of driver on windows 8?? Im wanting to install an earlier version of driver for my ATI HD5870 for testing purposes, and when I do this in device manager, windows says that the latest driver is already installed and wont let me install the one I want too.

    Great tutorial btw
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    Hi there theog! .
    I was wondering if you could please explain to me how to install an earlier version of driver on windows 8?? Im wanting to install an earlier version of driver for my ATI HD5870 for testing purposes, and when I do this in device manager, windows says that the latest driver is already installed and wont let me install the one I want too.

    Great tutorial btw
    Hi MoodKiller. Welcome to EightForums!

    That would require a 3 step procedure and a reboot may be required/recommended:

    Uninstall Device and Device Driver - Vista Forums

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    Select graphic adapter's driver

    1. right click: uninstall
    2. remove the driver software (includes drivers)
    3. OK and reboot: then you should see something "MS Basic Display Adapter" instead of ATI.

    Now it will install even an older version because there is no other (newer) ATI driver to compare to.

    Good luck.
    Hopachi
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    Thank you for the speedy reply.

    Unfortunately for what ever reason, Windows 8 doesn't have that option on the default driver that it installs for my graphics card...
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    Notice there is no option to delete the driver...

    Any other way you could remove it or get it to install the older version of driver over the top of this one?? (ATI Radeon HD5800...)
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Ah yes. That's a driver that was included by default.

    Unfortunately I don't know a (proper) way how to uninstall those.
    But I do know they are located in system32 and also possible in system32\driverstore

    Driver details to show where they are:
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    They prevent the install of older drivers if they are newer. My previous method works only for devices that don't have preinstalled versions (only the standard/generic version).
    I don't recommend to manually delete/replace those (leave this as the last desperate measure) , but I you intend to test it, make backups first (system restore / system image).

    What you should try first is using a classic install method like back on Win95 style:
    1. add legacy hardware
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    2. click next for this step
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    3. manually select the hardware
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    4. you need the display adapters, then next
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    5. click the "have disk" button and select the folder with the driver.
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    If your driver is an .exe, you'll need to extract it with 7-Zip: browse until you see a folder with the included driver files and extract the folder(s). You can also try to find a .zip version if the exe is not extractable.

    If this method works, then it's possible you'll see 2 graphic cards on the list. In that case try to remove the newer one as described earlier, then reboot.
    If nothing works then I'm afraid you'll need to stick with the preinstalled driver or newer versions.

    This is all I can think of regarding drivers.

    Good luck.

    Hopachi
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    Thank you so much again for the detailed explanation on this and how to do it...

    In the end it all didnt work and I wasnt able to install the older version of driver. As always I tried the latest driver from ATI, and not even that helped sort out my issue

    Thumbs up for all the help and effort again

    Regards
    Brian
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