How to install virtual device w/o hardware add/remove wizard?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Belarathon, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Belarathon

    Belarathon MDL Senior Member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Hey folks....

    I have a dilemma here:

    I have RAMDISK software without an installer, (just a driver) something that you would ordinarily install through the add/remove hardware wizard. The wizard is notably absent in Windows 7. Since it's a virtual device, naturally the device manager cannot detect it. There seems to be no alternative that I can think of...can anyone think of a solution?


  2. PrEzi

    PrEzi MDL Addicted

    Aug 23, 2007
    If it's a DLL-based driver then you would need to register it via
    regsvr32 filename
    If it should be run as a service then you could use a tool like firedaemon,
    If it's a system file .sys then you would problably need an INF file to install it.
    You can add custom devices via add hardware or by rightclicking an inf and selecting 'install'.
    Hope it helps.
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  3. Belarathon

    Belarathon MDL Senior Member

    Nov 21, 2007

    There's an INF, but I haven't seen a driver that would install via right click since Win2K. I tried it, but just ain't gonna happen. There's no "add hardware" anymore either, though that could just be an oversight at this point in the beta program.

    No matter; I'm back to W2K8 and happier for it.

    Thanks for your input:)