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Hardware installation cannot start with this...

 
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Windows is attempting to install a hardware device driver that requires administrative privileges from a non admin account, so it is not allowed to proceed. This can also occur after a partial or bad device driver installation from an administration account.

 
 
   
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  Hardware installation 

 
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  Hardware installation cannot start with this user account.
Make sure that this user account is a member of the Administrators group on this computer. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\system32\

 
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  rundll32.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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You may need to perform both these operations from an Administrator account. Also be careful on what you uninstall, as some devices are required for Windows to operate and/or access the internet to get updates.

First uninstall the problem driver if still installed. To do this:

  1. Open the run dialog (Windows key + R) and type devmgmt.msc to start the Device Manager. Locate the type of device, and click on the device. Often this will show a secondary list of devices. Select the specific problem device.
  2. Select the Driver Tab, and click on Uninstall.


  3. When complete, select Ok. In some cases a reboot will be necessary.

Then install a newer version of the driver that corrects the issue or use an alternative software product that has a valid driver.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 28-May-2011
 
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Last update: 28-May-2011 10:54 am