Hardware installation problems

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:49 16 Apr 2005

A. backup registry

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1. Click Start->Run, type "regedit.exe" in the Open box, and click OK.

2. In Registry Editor, click File->Export.

3. Specify a name in the File Name box, making sure that "All" is selected in the Export range box, and then click Save.

***(Probably not a bad idea to create a RESTORE point in XP also just to be safe)

B. Delete some keys

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1. Click Start->Run, type "regedit.exe" in the Open box, and click OK.

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Setup"

3. If there is any key or values named "FactoryPreInstallInProgress", please right click and delete it.

4. Repeat the above steps to delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Factory

5. Restart the computer.

Upon restart run the Hardware Wizard and should get prompt for a restart so it could rebuild the deleted registry keys. After restart you should now able to use the "Add Hardware Wizard".

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