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Solved Windows XP asks for drivers for every device?

January 10, 2013 at 14:54:37
Specs: Windows XP Professional 32-bit, AMD Sempron 2600+ 1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz | 2048MB DDR-400

Hello,

Just recently, Windows XP has opened the Found New Hardware wizard for every single device I connect; even simple devices like generic flash disks and headsets, along with USB hubs. It's quite irritating and I want it to return to installing these basic devices automatically.

All of the devices I had installed before this started happening still work, but any new devices require me to allow the wizard to install the drivers, and confirm that I want to install non-Windows logo certified drivers.

For reference, I have two USB 1.1 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports on the back of my computer. Connected to one of the USB 2.0 ports is a USB hub with a headset and two idle USB cables connected to it. Connected to one of the USB 1.1 ports is the receiver for my wireless keyboard and mouse.

Thank you in advance,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz, 2048MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB SATA WD Caviar Green


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January 11, 2013 at 20:40:39

Alternate:

Open regedit then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE ,System ,Setup and on the right pane change both AuditInProgress and FactoryPreInstallInProgress from (1) to (0) restart and problem solved hopefully.



#1
January 10, 2013 at 15:26:40

If you are adding NEW devices to your OLD WinXP OS you will need to supply drivers somehow. WinXP most likely won't have drivers for hardware that is much newer than the OS.

Are you running SP3 plus any rollups with your WinXP?

Where are you getting the non certified drivers from? The best source is the hardware manufacturer.


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#2
January 11, 2013 at 08:34:34

@OtheHill

I'm not sure you understood my question fully. Windows XP asks for drivers for every device; even those that it normally would install automatically, such as generic flash drives, headsets, and USB hubs.

Thanks,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz, 2048MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB SATA WD Caviar Green


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#3
January 11, 2013 at 08:47:29

I am not using WinXP at the moment so I am going by memory. I believe that when you get the first screen asking for drivers you have choices on where to find them. One of the choices is to automatically search for them.

What service pack are you running. As I stated above, WinXP does NOT have drivers for every piece of hardware built into it. The service packs do update those drivers but still?

Most external hardware items are now USB interface. If you do not have the motherboard chip set drivers installed for your motherboard then you will have issues.

Look in Windows Device Manager and see if there are any yellow or red punctuation marks next to hardware listings. Also take not if there are generic listings for the common hardware with a + sign next to them. When clicking on the listing it should expand and show the details for the installed hardware in that category.


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#4
January 11, 2013 at 08:54:03

@OtheHill

No, there are no errors with my hardware listings. I am running Service Pack 3, and this only started recently. I also have uninstalled all of my USB drivers and reconnected the devices- devices that before this issue began, were installed automatically by Windows. This time, though, it asked me to install the drivers, but upon clicking through the wizard, it found them and installed them.

The drivers are still there and work, but it's a pain for the wizard to show up for the most basic USB devices.

Thank you,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz, 2048MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB SATA WD Caviar Green


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#5
January 11, 2013 at 13:56:26

Are you running XP on the SATA hard drive?

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#6
January 11, 2013 at 16:31:12

@OtheHill

No, I am not; it's on the 120GB IDE drive, although I'm not sure why this matters because this problem only started a short while ago with the exact same hardware setup.

Thank you,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz, 2048MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB SATA WD Caviar Green


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#7
January 11, 2013 at 20:11:27

Boot into the BIOS and see if the time and date are correct. If not, fix and then unplug the computer. Replug and boot into the BIOS again. If the date is wrong then change the CMOS battery.

Also, it just dawned on me that there are 2 different USB drivers for boards with 1.1 & 2.0 USB ports. Verify you have both/all installed.


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#8
January 11, 2013 at 20:11:53

I re read these answers. I have had that issue before, anything USB, no longer automatically loads the driver. Sorry, I was thinking cmos battery too, but now I get what you mean.

Try this "fix it for me" from microsoft and let us know if it works. Should pop up as an option.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=...


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#9
January 11, 2013 at 20:40:39
✔ Best Answer

Alternate:

Open regedit then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE ,System ,Setup and on the right pane change both AuditInProgress and FactoryPreInstallInProgress from (1) to (0) restart and problem solved hopefully.


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#10
January 11, 2013 at 22:00:26

@OtheHill

The BIOS clock and date are both correct, and I am not getting any messages about the CMOS battery being low. Although, I did notice that the USB 2.0 controller option was set to FullSpeed rather than HiSpeed, so I switched it to HiSpeed.

@HopperRox

I couldn't find the FixIt on that link you sent me, and in the path you told me to go to on regedit I couldn't find the AuditInProgress or FactoryPreInstallInProgress entries.

Thank you,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz, 2048MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit
ATI Radeon X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB SATA WD Caviar Green


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#11
March 14, 2013 at 06:09:44

That link I put in, still brings up the "fix it" from Microsoft, perhaps you had a pop up blocker on.

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