Saturday, January 19, 2013

Running the Add New Hardware Wizard feature in Windows 7

If you're like me, you have once plugged in an old electronics device via USB cable to your Windows 7 PC only to find that the hardware was not detected, unidentified/unknown, or simply not fully functioning as intended. You then try to run the CD that came with the product, but Windows indicates that software and drivers are not able to be installed by this method.
Simply put: you just cannot get the darn thing to work and you need to install the software and drivers that came with the CD.

Here's how you get to doing that (in Windows 7):

  1. Click on the Start icon at the bottom left of your screen (it is the Microsoft logo with a blue background circle). 
  2.  In the Search box at the very bottom of the menu, type in 'run' and hit 'Enter' on your keyboard.
  3. Next to where it says 'Open', type in 'hdwwiz' and select 'OK'
That is it! From there, you should know what to do. If this step does not resolve the issue, you may want to change the 'Hardware IDs' on the .inf file of the software that you may have already installed for the product. For more information on what 'Hardware IDs' are and what I'm talking about, please see my other blogpost entitled: "Quick Hit - Audio issue problem with HP Pavilion zd8000 laptop fix". That post explains the process I used to edit software for the audio drivers on my laptop. 

Thanks for looking!

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