NEW! Driver Finder Version 3.6.1

new-driver-finder-versionHey folks! We just released a new version of Driver Finder (version 3.6.1). So… what’s new?

UPDATE #1

Short story: We’ve made it even easier to install drivers on your PC.

Long story: Previously, drivers with the MSI extension had an Open button and you had to open that folder to get to the driver file to install it. Now, drivers with an MSI extension are shown with the Install button on Driver Finder. So you just click Install and the driver gets automatically installed on your PC.

UPDATE #2

Short story: Increased support for Windows 10 editions.

Long story: Since Microsoft kept releasing new editions to their Windows 10 OS, we modified Driver Finder so that these new editions will be properly recognized and supported. For example, if you have Windows 10 ‘Education’ edition, then you’ll see this reflected when you’re using Driver Finder.

 

How to Disable Automatic Driver Updates in Windows

By default the latest Windows versions automatically install new updates, including driver updates. And although updating your PC software in general is a good idea to ensure maximum security an performance, there are cases where driver updates are not desirable. Some hardware only operates with a specific driver version, other hardware devices need a specific driver version to ensure all functionality is available. You wouldn’t want a driver update to suddenly remove features.

If you find yourself in a situation where you want to decide which driver updates to install and which ones not, you can disable the automatic driver updates in Windows.

To do this, open the Control Panel and go to System and Security.

Next, select the System option, and click Advanced system settings.

In the System Properties windows, you need to select the Hardware tab.

Now click the Device Installation Settings button.

System Properties

This will bring up the Device Installations Settings window. Here you will need to change the option from Yes, do this automatically to No, let me choose what to do. And then select the option Never install driver Software from Windows Update. Next, click the Save Changes button.

Device Installation Settings

After this Windows will still install regular software updates, but no longer automatically update the drivers on you system.

Of course we recommend checking and updating your drivers with our DriverFinder sofware, so you can decide which updates to install and which not!

 

How to disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10

When device drivers are not available (yet) for Windows 10, you can often install drivers that are meant for Windows 8, or even Windows 7. In most cases that works without any problems, but in some cases you need to run the driver installer in compatibility mode. This can be achieved by right-clicking the installer.

But when the driver does not install even when running the driver installer in compatibility mode, you might need to disable the driver signature enforcement. Basically the driver signature ensures that the device driver is original and reliable, since it is guaranteed to originate from the manufacturer that put the signature on it.

But in some cases a signed driver is not available, or even the signed driver fails to install on Windows 10.

To disable the driver signature enforcement in Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Move your cursor to the right top of the screen to bring up the menu bar.
  2. Click the Settings option in the bottom.
  3. In the Settings panel that comes up on the right-hand side, click the option Change PC Settings in the bottom.
  4. In the PC settings panel that comes up on the left-hand side of the screen, select Update and recovery, again in the bottom.
  5. The Update and recovery screen comes up, and now you need to click Restart now under Advanced startup.
  6. Once the PC has restarted, you will see a screen that says Choose an option. Here you click the Troubleshoot option.
  7. Under Troubleshoot you select Advanced options.
  8. Next, click Startup Settings, and then Restart.
  9. After restarting a list with Startup Settings comes up. In the list you select option 7 to disable driver signature enforcement. You can either press the 7-key or use the function key F7 for this.
  10. Your PC will again need to restart, after which you can install the driver.

When installing the drivers, make sure to continue with the installation, even if Windows shows a warning regarding the unsigned drivers.

 

List Driver in Use on Windows

Using the Device Manager, you can easily check the details for each device on a Windows computer. But If you want a list of all drivers used by the system, the Device Manager is not suited for that.

In Windows Vista, 7 and 8, however, you can create list of all drivers by using a simple internal command.
To do this, first start a command prompt with administrator rights (right-click the command prompt icon and select Run as administrator in the popup menu).
Once the command prompt window opens type:

driverquery.exe /v /fo csv > c:\driverlist.csv

This will instruct the command to list all drivers, and use the SCV output format. The > -symbol isused to redirect the output to the file specified.

Now you can open the driverlist.csv file with Excel (or any other program supporting comma-separated-values), and check the details of the drivers in one overview.

Driver List

MS Excel view of the resulting Windows driver list

Fix ‘HP Printer Install Failed in Windows’

Like any computer device, printers need additional software to function in Windows. For hardware devices, this software is generally called a driver. By default, Windows supports a lot of devices since many drivers are already included in Windows, but many devices still need a separate driver or additional software to operate; for Hewlett-Packard printers, this is also true.

HP printer driver packages include a lot of additional software, and not only the actual driver. This enables printer troubleshooting and offers additional printing functionality that is beyond the default Windows functions. As a result, the installation of HP printer driver software is a little more extensive and complex than other average drivers. Some HP printer driver installation packages are in the hundreds of megabytes!

The problem we are addressing here is when the installation of an HP printer driver fails, resulting in error messages like “driver fatal install”, or “fatal error during installation”. Further error details can contain file names, error codes, or version mismatches.

You can also see the following errors:
The drivers for this device are not installed (Code 28). To reinstall drivers, click Reinstall Driver.”
Fatal Error 2753 — MSI.dot4wrp

How to Solve HP Printer Install Errors

In most cases, driver installation errors can be solved by simply reinstalling the software again, sometimes a reboot is required before attempting the installation again.

But in the case of more complex software like HP printer software, a failed installation can cause all subsequent installation attempts to fail. The reason is that a failed installation can leave behind locked files, or registry information, which causes the next installation to fail.

In these cases, the next step is to first uninstall the previous installation, so that a clean system can be used to reinstall the HP driver software. The simplest way to do that is to uninstall the HP printer software from the Control Panel -> Uninstall (or Add/Remove programs) option.

If, however, the HP printer software installation failed in an early stage, the software might not show up in the Control Panel uninstall list. That means the removal of the failed software will not be possible that way. The next thing to try in that case is to use a cleanup utility to fix the corrupted registry. Microsoft used to have the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility for this purpose, but due to conflicts with Office 2007, it was replaced by the Microsoft Fix It solution.

The Fix It solution will clear bad registry keys that can prevent programs from being installed. Keep in mind that it does not actually remove any files from the failed HP driver installation. Those will simply be overwritten by the next installation. Instead of the Microsoft solution you can also try using a program to scan and fix the complete Windows registry, which does not limit itself to installer issues only. You can use such a program to clean all HP entries from your system before attempting the reinstall.

If you are running XP or Vista, it is also possible that that the Windows Installer itself is corrupted. In that case you can simply try to download the Windows installer and reinstall that.

If reinstalling the Windows Installer is not possible, try to re-register it:

–        Open a command prompt with administrator rights.
–        Type: msiexec /unregister and press Enter.
–        After the command completes type: msiexec /register and press Enter again.

For HP Officejet printers, HP offers a driver removal utility that can help you remove the HP printer driver for specific models. If the previous steps did not help, and you are using an Officejet, you can download and run this utility. Please check the details, as the utility is limited to specific driver versions.

Other steps that can help:

–        Run a disk cleanup to clear out the temp folders, which are used for temporary installation files.
–        Stop the HP services using the Manage Computer option to prevent DLL files being locked.

Reinstalling the HP Printer Software

After the install cleanup is finished and the Windows installer is fixed, you need to reinstall the HP Printer driver software. Unplug the HP Printer and reboot before you do this so that Windows does not install any default drivers for the HP device. During installation you can reconnect the printer when the installation process indicates that. Please consider that even for wireless printers you sometimes need to make a physical connection with the PC during the initial installation. Please check the printer manual for details.

If installation still fails, and you are using a USB connection, try using a different USB port, and make sure not to use an external USB hub between the PC and the HP printer.

Lastly, always make sure to use the latest HP driver software, to guarantee that you are not suffering from old versions with possible bugs or limited functionality. To scan your PC for all drivers and find HP updates, use DriverFinder!