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How to install the network adapter drivers from your hard drive

There are instances that you may prefer to install the driver of a wireless network adapter only, excluding the Wireless Client Utility that comes with the adapter.  This procedure is applicable if you want to use the built-in Windows support for wireless networking: the Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) on Windows XP or WLAN Autoconfig utility on Windows Vista.

This article assumes the adapter is already in or connected to the computer and you have downloaded the necessary drivers.

NOTE:  If you haven’t downloaded the latest driver for your Belkin wireless adapter yet, click here to learn how.

 

Step 1:
Once your computer detects the new hardware and the Found New Hardware Wizard prompt comes up, select No, not this time and click Next.

 

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Step 2:
Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) then click Next.

 

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Step 3:
Select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install.  Then, click Next.

 

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Step 4:
Scroll down the list of common hardware types and select Network adapters.  Then, click Next.

 

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Step 5:
Click the Have Disk... button at the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Step 6:
On the Install From Disk window, click the Browse button.

 

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Step 7:
Locate the .inf file which is the driver for the adapter.  In this example, the file is located within the drive name of the CD.  Select the file then click Open.

 

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Step 8:
Verify that the Copy manufacturer's files from: location is your CD drive and click OK.

 

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Step 9:
Once the adapter name is already listed under Network Adapter, click Next.

 

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Step 10:
Once prompted that the wizard has finished installing the software, click Finish.

 

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Related Article:

Installing a wireless USB adapter on a Windows computer using the Setup CD


Related Videos:

Installing a wireless USB adapter using the Setup CD (VIDEO)
Manually installing a wireless USB adapter (VIDEO)

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