How to Install a Driver Manually in Windows 7, 8, 10 (Basic .inf driver)

Here in this article, you'll learn how to install a computer's device using its basic driver (.inf driver) in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10


Every device needs a driver to communicate with the computer. As you all know, the driver is a mandatory thing to communicate with any devices like printer, LAN card, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, audio device etc. Installing a device through its driver setup file is an easy task. But it won’t be easy, if you install a device through its basic driver (inf driver). Here in this article we’ll show you how to install a driver manually using its basic INF driver through device manager.

device manager other devices

Sometimes the device’s full feature driver doesn’t work. Sometimes the only basic driver is available for download instead of full feature driver (with installer). So, we only have an option to install the basic driver manually using its basic driver on our computer, but some peoples don’t know how to do it. Here in this article, we will show you how you can install a computer device using its basic “.inf” driver. So, please follow the following steps carefully. We have mentioned the step-by-step guide with screenshots. We are taking an example of a laptop Wi-Fi driver (Wireless card driver). So let’s get started without wasting any delay.

How to Install a Driver Manually using its basic driver

Step 1: Download its basic driver first

To install a device driver manually, you need to download its basic driver (.inf driver) first. So, download its basic driver from its official website or other source.
Alternatively, let us know about it, we’ll provide you the drivers if possible.

Step 2: Install basic driver manually

  1. To install basic driver manually, you’ll require to download its basic driver (.sys, .inf driver) which should be zip format.
    Unzip the basic driver zip file
  2. Extract the zipped driver file to a location and the copy the location path.
    extract and copy the location path
  3. Right-click on “My computer / This PC” → click on ManageDevice Manager → Other devices.
    device manager other devices
  4. Under other devices you’ll see a device named “Network Controller“.  Right-click on Network Device and click on Update driver.
    update driver
  5. Choose the second option “Browse my computer for driver software“.
    browse my computer for driver and software
  6. Click on  second option “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer“.
    Let me pick a list of device
  7. Click on Have Disk.
    click on have a disk
  8. Click on Browse.
    browse for drivers inf file
  9. Now, paste the copied path in the “File name” field, and click on open button. Choose the INF file and click on Open. You can extract the full feature driver file and then find the .inf driver file in it.
    select the inf driver file
  10. It will update the driver’s list, choose the driver “Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN” and then click on the appropriate driver fro the updated list
  11. It will start installing the driver automatically and then it will give you the successfully installed message.
  12. the basic inf driver is installedYou could go to the device manger and check the basic driver (.inf) has been installed successfully.
    check the device manager for installed driver

If you face any problem while download and installing the basic driver then let us know in the comments section below, we’ll answer you there.

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