Installing drivers after formatting

August 5, 2007 at 08:44:54
Specs: Windows XP HE SP2, Intel Celeron 2.67GHz/512
Hello all,

I need some help with installing drivers. I formatted my hard drive today. Beforehand, in preparation for doing so, I backed up all the drivers on my computer using a program called Driver Magician. I then burned them to a DVD+RW. After re-installing Windows, I opened the Device Manager and found that all but four drivers were installed. They were listed as:

Ethernet Controller
Multimedia Audio Controller
PCI Modem

I inserted the DVD+RW and let the wizard search for the files to update the drivers. For all three, it found the required file but said that it was not digitally signed. When I tried to install, it displayed the following message:

"Continuing your installation of this software may impair or destabilize the correct operations of your system either immediately or in the future. Microsoft strongly recommends that you stop this installation now and contact the hardware vendor for software that has passed Windows Logo testing."

I've not been aware of any problems caused by these drivers, but I thought I shouldn't re-install them because of the message.

I then inserted the driver disk that shipped with the PC and tried to update the drivers using that. It found the file for PCI Modem and installed it, to my surprise. However, it said it couldn't find the files for the other two.

Before formatting, the drivers (those that weren't found) appeared on the Device Manager as follows:

Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection (now appearing as "Ethernet Controller")
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio and Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device (now appearing as only "Multimedia Audio Controller")

I'd like to know if anyone else has encountered this problem after formatting and re-installing Windows? If so, what did you do? And would installing the drivers really be likely to cause damage to the computer system?

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August 6, 2007 at 04:13:14
Digitally signed is not important, justinstall them...

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