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Windows drivers without an installer

posted Dec 10, 2010, 1:05 AM by d graham

When installing drivers on a Windows system it is sometimes necessary to manually add the device drivers to the system. Ideally nice developers should package the drivers in such a way that they install correctly, but often we find ourselves at the mercy of the developer. When one only has the DLL file it is necessary to add the system reference specifically. In order to understand installing a driver on the windows system one must first understand what a diver is. In order to understand what a driver is one must understand what a program is. A program run the windows system is often referred to as a portable executable file. The portable executable file format is commonly seen as an executable file not a DLL, but in fact the portable executable standard allows for many different objects. A DLL is a dynamically linked library. The dynamically linked library is a set of data and instructions which can be utilized by another program or the operating system.

To manually load a DLL as service, use the command:

regsvr32 nameOfDLL.dll