After installing Windows Vista SP1 a device driver is not installed or some hardware stop working

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microsoftIf you thought that after installing Windows Vista SP1 all of your Vista related problems would disappear, well you’d better think twice! As a matter of fact a lot of users are reporting an incredible quantity of issues and you could be the next one. ( I know that you are touching wood right now). Anyway, here is another Vista SP1 issue. After installing Vista SP1 you could experience one of these issues:

  • A device driver won’t install and and and exclamation point appears next to the device driver in Device Manager.
  • A device driver stops working normally despite it is installed correctly.

To fix these issues follow these tricks:

First Method

  1. Click Start
  2. Type Device Manager in the Searh Box and press Enter.
  3. If you see a exclamation point next to a device driver, continue reading, otherwise go to the Second Method.
  4. Assuming that you saw an exclamation point, click Start, All Programs, Windows Update.
  5. Check for Updates.
  6. Click View Available Updates.
  7. Check for the device you are looking for and install the update
  8. Done.

Second Method

If the device driver seems to work, but it does not work, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, type Device Manager in the Start Search box, and then press enter.
  2. In the Device Manager look for the device that is not working properly.
  3. Right click on it and click on Properties.
  4. Uninstall its driver.
  5. Make sure that the Delete the Driver Software for this device check box is cleared, and then click OK.
  6. In the Device Manager dialog box, click the Action, and click Scan for hardware changes.
  7. You should get back that a device is being installed and that a new device is now ready in the Device manager.
  8. If the hardware device driver is not installed, scan for new updates by following the first method.

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