Is there a way to force Windows XP to redetect all hardwar..

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Hello!

I know I can do a repair installation to make Windows XP redetect the
hardware setup (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm).
I have done this a few times in the past. However, this method requires
reinstallations of drivers (e.g., same sound card), service packs,
updates, redoing stuff I removed from XP's installation, reconfiguration
in some parts of XP, etc.

Is there another way to do this? IIRC in Windows 98, I could remove
everything from Device Manager in safe mode, reboot, and let Windows
redetect everything. Does this work for XP?

Thank you in advance. :)
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    This sounds interesting. Please let us know if it works. Sounds like
    windows should re-detect the devices.


    Phillip Pi wrote:

    > Hello!
    >
    > I know I can do a repair installation to make Windows XP redetect the
    > hardware setup (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm).
    > I have done this a few times in the past. However, this method requires
    > reinstallations of drivers (e.g., same sound card), service packs,
    > updates, redoing stuff I removed from XP's installation, reconfiguration
    > in some parts of XP, etc.
    >
    > Is there another way to do this? IIRC in Windows 98, I could remove
    > everything from Device Manager in safe mode, reboot, and let Windows
    > redetect everything. Does this work for XP?
    >
    > Thank you in advance. :)
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    Hi,

    Yes deleting the device from Device Manager will cause windows xp to reboot
    and on reboot if it is a plug and play device then it will be detected and
    prompt you to complete the installation.

    If u find that the hardware is not detected you can insert the driver cd and
    then perform the setup to install the drivers manually.

    Regards
    M. Rajesh
    ..Net and Windows Shell MVP
    www.winxpsolution.com.

    "Phillip Pi" wrote:

    > Hello!
    >
    > I know I can do a repair installation to make Windows XP redetect the
    > hardware setup (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm).
    > I have done this a few times in the past. However, this method requires
    > reinstallations of drivers (e.g., same sound card), service packs,
    > updates, redoing stuff I removed from XP's installation, reconfiguration
    > in some parts of XP, etc.
    >
    > Is there another way to do this? IIRC in Windows 98, I could remove
    > everything from Device Manager in safe mode, reboot, and let Windows
    > redetect everything. Does this work for XP?
    >
    > Thank you in advance. :)
    > --
    > Phillip Pi
    > phillip_pi@symantec.comSYMC (remove SYMC to reply by e-mail)
    > Software Quality Assurance Analyst
    > Norton SystemWorks (PC)
    > Symantec
    >
    > Please do NOT e-mail me for technical support. DISCLAIMER: The views
    > expressed in this posting are mine, and do not necessarily reflect the
    > views of my employer.
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Thanks. I wonder why people suggest using repair installation in the
    first place where this one is a lot easier and quicker to do!


    On 9/14/2004 8:13 AM PT, M. Rajesh wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > Yes deleting the device from Device Manager will cause windows xp to reboot
    > and on reboot if it is a plug and play device then it will be detected and
    > prompt you to complete the installation.
    >
    > If u find that the hardware is not detected you can insert the driver cd and
    > then perform the setup to install the drivers manually.
    >

    > "Phillip Pi" wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Hello!
    >>
    >>I know I can do a repair installation to make Windows XP redetect the
    >>hardware setup (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm).
    >>I have done this a few times in the past. However, this method requires
    >>reinstallations of drivers (e.g., same sound card), service packs,
    >>updates, redoing stuff I removed from XP's installation, reconfiguration
    >>in some parts of XP, etc.
    >>
    >>Is there another way to do this? IIRC in Windows 98, I could remove
    >>everything from Device Manager in safe mode, reboot, and let Windows
    >>redetect everything. Does this work for XP?
    >>
    >>Thank you in advance. :)
    --
    Phillip Pi
    phillip_pi@symantec.comSYMC (remove SYMC to reply by e-mail)
    Software Quality Assurance Analyst
    Norton SystemWorks (PC)
    Symantec

    Please do NOT e-mail me for technical support. DISCLAIMER: The views
    expressed in this posting are mine, and do not necessarily reflect the
    views of my employer.
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    Phillip Pi wrote on 14-Sep-2004 11:32 AM:

    > Thanks. I wonder why people suggest using repair installation in the
    > first place where this one is a lot easier and quicker to do!
    >
    >
    > On 9/14/2004 8:13 AM PT, M. Rajesh wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> Yes deleting the device from Device Manager will cause windows xp to
    >> reboot and on reboot if it is a plug and play device then it will be
    >> detected and prompt you to complete the installation.
    >>
    Are you saying it worked? Please let us know. There are a lot more
    devices than sound cards and hard drives that XP needs to know about, in
    particular the hardware abstraction layer (hal.dll). It ain't all plug
    and play.

    --
    Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
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