How to install a driver when there's no installation .exe file to run

By LookinAround
Oct 8, 2011
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  1. Installing a Driver when there's no Installation .EXE file to run

    Drivers typically download as an EXE or ZIP file...

    When a driver downloads as an .EXE file, you only need double click the .EXE. The EXE file installs the driver for you

    If a driver downloads as a .ZIP file: Extract the content and save to a folder on your Desktop. Open the folder and look if there's a Setup.exe file
    If you see a Setup.exe double click to run it
    • On occasion the setup file may be named something else
    • If you happen to see a file named Uninstall.exe, ignore it. It's the uninstaller, not the installation EXE

    But if the top level of the folder doesn't include a Setup.exe installation file, try directing Windows to the folder you want it to install
    1. Open Device Manager. Right click the the device you want to install. Select Update Driver
    2. Click No, not this time then Next
    3. Click Install from a list or specific location then Next
    4. Check Include this location in the search then Browse to the folder you saved on your Desktop (I.e. the extracted ZIP file) then Next
    5. If Windows thinks the driver in the folder is a match for the device you selected, it will install it. Reboot to allow driver installation to complete
    Once driver installation is complete you can delete the folder on your Desktop. (But you may want to save it somewhere should you ever need to reinstall the driver again)

    TIP: fyi.... When you use this method to direct Windows
    > Windows is looking for .INF files in the folder (Windows ignores EXE files in this case. It looks for INF files to tell it how to do the install)
    > If there are no INF files in the folder, Windows won't even let you select the folder when you Browse in step 4​
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Nice write up mate. :)
  3. cfwold

    cfwold TS Rookie


    I followed this advice and I was successful
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Topic Starter Posts: 6,491   +183

    I just saw your other post. Glad to hear you found this a successful method to install the driver without exe files :)
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,980   +11


    Could be a stickie.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,315   +618

    yes yes - - well done. The secret is the INF :)
  7. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Thanks a million for the driver and also the information on how to install it.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Topic Starter Posts: 6,491   +183

    You're most welcome! Glad I was able to help :)
  9. jlombardo

    jlombardo TS Rookie

    Oh man....I have been trying to figure out how to do this for 3 days....thank you for a simple's website insisted it would all just magically happen.
  10. snedy12

    snedy12 TS Rookie


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