Your system throws this error and refuses to proceed with the installation of a driver. This error arises on machines running Intel hardware.
The driver being installed is not validated for this computer. Please obtain the appropriate driver from the computer manufacturer. Setup will exit.
Resolve Hardware Incompatibility
If you surprise why does your computer pops up this strange error, the foremost possibility is that your computer hardware has undergone a change, and therefore the driver cannot be installed in the absence of required hardware.
A Driver is a piece of computer software that facilitates communication between your hardware and operating system. Each driver software is designed for a selected form of hardware. Your system threw this error probably because the precise set of hardware is needed to install your driver. To put it simply, the hardware required to install the driver was not found.
Windows has a built-in tool that records and lists out hardware parts put in your machine. Generate an in-depth list using System Information tool and hunt for the specific hardware.
1. First and foremost, check for the ReadMe file at the root of the driver installation media, or the folder containing your setup file. You’ll find the supported hardware and model information. Keep the file opened.
2. Now fire up the Run box using Windows Key + R commands. Type MsInfo32 and hit ENTER.
3. The System Information tool has a summary for you right on your screen.
4. Search for the concerning hardware within the System Summary. If it’s not there, expand the Components node on the left.
5. Check whether the required hardware is already connected, and that the model number matches with the sort of driver you’re attempting to install. (Refer the ReadMe file)
6. If it doesn’t, you may want to visit hardware manufacturer website, and look up for a compatible driver somewhere under the Drivers & Downloads section.
Force Windows to Anyhow Install the Driver
There is an alternate way to force Windows to install a driver without messing up with your computer hardware. Most of the folks reading this article must be familiar with a tiny tool called Device Manager that lists out all hardware components and allows us to update or remove them.
All you have to do is use the manual update option so that Windows will prompt you to locate the driver file, and you’ll get the job done within seconds.
1. Right-click on your Start, and select the Device Manager option.
2. Expand the top node, and you’ll see a long list of various device drivers installed on your machine.
3. Search for the device driver that fails to update using a setup. Right-click on it, and choose the Update driver option from the context-menu items.
4. Windows will come up with two choices – automatic or manual update. Click on the second option – Browse my computer for driver software.
5. You’ll be prompted to type location of the folder that contains your drivers. Do NOT click Browse. Instead, click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
6. In the subsequent form, click Hard Disk button.
7. Click Browse now, and locate the appropriate driver file with .inf extension. (If you’re unsure, refer the ReadMe file for more details)
8. Click OK.
9. Click Next, and your driver installation procedure shall take place. Do NOT use your computer during this procedure.
10. And finally, here’s the screen you were eagerly waiting for..!
Now, there is another scenario which may cause the driver installation error. The issue could be that your Antivirus is actually preventing the driver installation. Temporarily turning off your Antivirus may help.
Remember, the steps to disable each Antivirus may differ. Refer the Antivirus manual or contact the support desk for exact information.
For Kaspersky Internet Security 2018:
- Right-click your Antivirus icon in the system tray area of your Taskbar.
- Choose Pause Protection, and then select a time interval to temporarily pause the real-time protection.
- Click Pause Protection button to confirm.
For McAfee Antivirus Plus:
1. Right-click the Antivirus icon in system tray, choose Change Settings | Real-Time Scanning.
2. Click Turn Off in the new screen.