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Solutions to Device Driver does not Install on Any Devices

Published/Updated on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

M3 Software author Yuri Zhang

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Yuri Zhang


The message "device driver does not install on any devices, use a primitive driver if this is intended" suggests an issue with the installation of a device driver. 

 Device driver does not install on any devices

This typically means that the operating system is unable to install the proper driver for the hardware, and as a fallback, it suggests using a basic or primitive driver.

To troubleshoot the device driver does not install on any device issues,  here's a detailed guide to resolve this issue. Before that, it is worth mentioning that iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows can help recover lost or deleted files that might occur due to driver issues or system instability, which is not in the least difficult (download button as follows).

Check device compatibility to fix driver issue

Ensure the driver you are trying to install is compatible with your device and operating system version. Visit the Microsoft Windows Update page (or the corresponding page for your version). Download and run the Windows Update Assistant tool. Then the tool will check your device for compatibility with the latest version of Windows.

Update Windows to fix the error

Make sure your Windows operating system is up to date. Sometimes, installing the latest Windows updates can resolve driver issues. You can update your Windows by going to Settings > Update & Security > Check for updates.

Use Device Manager to update driver for fixing device driver

Device Manager provides a detailed view of all installed hardware devices and allows you to manage them.

  1. Press Win + X and select Device Manager.
  2. Locate the device with the driver issue (it usually has a yellow exclamation mark).
  3. Right-click on the device and select Update driver.
  4. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software.

Uninstall and reinstall the driver to repair it

Sometimes, uninstalling the problematic driver and then reinstalling it can resolve the issue.

  1. In Device Manager, right-click on the problematic device.
  2. Select Uninstall device.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Windows should attempt to reinstall the driver automatically.

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Download the driver from the manufacturer's website to fix installation

To download the latest driver directly from the device manufacturer's website: visit the manufacturer's website. Navigate to the support or download section. Find your device and download the latest driver. Finally, install the driver manually by running the downloaded file.

Use a primitive or basic driver to fix driver error

If the specific driver installation fails, using a basic or primitive driver might provide basic functionality.

  1. In Device Manager, right-click on the problematic device.
  2. Select Update driver.
  3. Choose Browse my computer for driver software.
  4. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
  5. Choose the basic driver from the list and install it.

Run Windows troubleshooter to fix device driver

Use the built-in Windows troubleshooter to detect and fix driver issues.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  3. Select the troubleshooter related to the hardware device and run it.

Check for system file corruption to see if it can fix the error

Corrupted system files can cause driver issues. Use the System File Checker (SFC) tool to check and repair corrupted files.

  1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  3. Wait for the process to complete and follow any on-screen instructions.

By following these steps, you should be able to resolve the issue of the device driver not installing and use a basic driver if needed. If the problem persists, it might be helpful to contact the device manufacturer's support for further assistance.

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