"cannot find the file specified" "during the installation of the device."
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05-Jun-2004, 09:44 AM
"cannot find the file specified" "during the installation of the device." SOLUTION
I have had this problem numerous times in the past where the installation proceeds then ends with the messages:
During the installation of the device.
The system cannot find the file specified
and it goes into a detection loop
HERE is the solution:
Windows 2000/XP has a bug that it cannot properly detect new hardware by *.inf files, if the RunOnce registry key is missing for the following location:
This key is often used by installers to execute post-reboot programs, but sometimes they accidentally delete this key.
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Make sure that you understand how to backup and restore the registry, in case a problem occurs. Please read the linked Microsoft Knowledge Base article prior to editing the registry.
Go to Start » Run and enter "regedit."
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
With CurrentVersion Highlighted, go to the Edit menu and select New » Key
Name the key RunOnce, leaving everything else about the key alone.
The RunOnce key should now exist underneath the CurrentVersion key.
Once the key exists, Windows 2000/XP stops redetecting the Hardware
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