Vista .Sys File error
LAURENCE NOONEY asked on January 12, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
Need Help With Vista Not Recognizing .Sys File
» I am trying to load a 2wire USB driver onto Vista and it doesn't recognize the .sys file. Can I convert this easily to .exe or is there another way to get this done. Please help me! Thanks!
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ARDY REED replied on January 18, 2013
- VASILIS NIKOLOPOULOS replied on January 13, 2013: » Exactly what type of device are you trying to install (manufacturer, make, model and serial number)? Do you get any error messages and if so what is the EXACT text and when in the process does the message appear. How are you trying to load the driver? Have you checked the website of the manufacturer to see if they have any updated drivers for your device that are compatible with your version of Vista (what version i it like 32-bit Vista Business SP2)? You can't convert a sys file into an exe file - they're two different things. I haven't seen a device driver issued as a sys file before - they are typically inf files or exe files - maybe you don't have all the device driver files required.
- LAURENCE NOONEY replied on January 13, 2013: » The device driver I am trying to load is 2wire_wireless_USB_Vista64. It was a zip file that has three files inside:
The device is 2wire 802.11g USB Wireless adapter /N XG72B6BWU005649
Through the device manager it searches the internet and tells me that Windows could not find driver software for your device. If you know the manufacturer of your device, you can visit its website and check the support section for driver software.
If I try to open the file (after unzipping) it is now pulling up File Cure which I downloaded-it says that .sys is working however nothing runs. I have tried unplugging device and plugging in so that Windows looks for the software and it brings a dialogue box saying that Windows couldn't find driver software for your device. I am then back to the starting point listed above....
- VASILIS NIKOLOPOULOS replied on January 14, 2013: » That's at least part of the problem - you listed a 64-but diver which is the wrong one for your system. You need to download the 32-bit driver (or it might be called X86). If they have various versions of driver downloads, get one that is an .inf file or an .exe file if you can. If it's .inf file then use the following procedure to install it. If it is an .exe file double click on it and follow the instructions to install the driver. Once you have the right driver software, try the following:
Go to Start /Control Panel/Device Manager. Plug in the device and cancel out the message when it appears. In Device Manager click on Actions and then click Scan for new hardware. See if that works any better at letting you install the driver during the process. Put in the driver you were given and click next and see what happens. I don't know if it will accept a .sys file but it might.
If it doesn't, then go to where the .sys file is located and double-click on it to see what if anything happens. It may respond with instructions on how to install the driver or create a folder with files that are actually the driver files.
- LAURENCE NOONEY replied on January 17, 2013: » But encountered this:
Windows encountered a problem installing the driver software for your device Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it. 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter
The operation returned because the timeout period expired.
If you know the manufacturer of your device, you can visit its website and check the support section for driver software. Another point of interest-Windows refers to the wireless adapter as an unknown device.
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