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Anonymous
September 2, 2005 4:41:02 PM

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Trying to install Network Adapter Compact USB 2.0. Wizard detects new
hardware. Shows as ready to install. When I select location of new software
from CD drive, Windows detects it but will not install. Freezes up. Ctrl,
Alt, Delete shows "add new hardware wizard not responding". Any suggestions
to correct operating system so that it will recognize new software.
Help - Thanks.
Anonymous
September 3, 2005 12:46:05 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsme.general (More info?)

Check your windows\inf folder (a hidden system folder and you will have to
enable the viewing of such files and folders in Explorer (Tools | Folder
Options | View and check "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide
protected operating system files") and look for large numbers of oem*.inf
files that are all 0 bytes in size. If you've got thousands of such files
this is the cause of your problem. Delete ONLY the 0 byte oem*.inf files.

Why has this happened? One possibility it that you have Norton's System
Doctor installed and forgot to disable System Doctor before updating your
system from the Windows Update site. If you don't delete these files some
software and most hardware and driver installs will take a very long time
to complete if they complete at all.

For more details see the Symantec site:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nunt.nsf/docid/200...
and also MS KB 281967 - "Computer Stops Responding (Hangs) During Setup,
Installing Updates, or Adding New Hardware"
(http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=281967). I would strongly recommend
that you contact Microsoft and mention KB281967 and also KB301540 and ask
for a copy of the new ifsmgr.vxd v4.90.3003. You will then either be sent
the file or told how and where to download a copy. There should be no
charge for this call other than for the cost of the phone call.

Alternatively do yourself and your PC a big favour and dump System Doctor
since it causes far more problems than any non-existent benefit that
Symantec might claim it offers.
--
Mike Maltby
mike.maltby@gmail.com


Bob H. <Bob H.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

> Trying to install Network Adapter Compact USB 2.0. Wizard detects new
> hardware. Shows as ready to install. When I select location of new
> software from CD drive, Windows detects it but will not install.
> Freezes up. Ctrl, Alt, Delete shows "add new hardware wizard not
> responding". Any suggestions to correct operating system so that it
> will recognize new software.
> Help - Thanks.
November 11, 2007 10:24:32 PM

THANK YOU!!! :bounce:  :bounce: 

I've been having driver installation troubles for ages now, and when i opened this folder i found 99,505 files :)  thanks for the help, hopefully this should fix things... although its taking a fair while to delete them all :na: 
!