Some driver installation programs do not work on Microsoft Windows 2000 after you install either Critical Update QFE 814033 or Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4. The installation does not succeed, and you receive an incorrect error message that no drivers are available for the device. The %WINDIR%\Setupapi.log reports that there are no compatible drivers for the device.
This problem occurs when the .inf file for the driver that is being installed already exists in the default INF directory. However, the driver that is being installed is not the currently installed driver for the device.
The .inf file for the new driver that you are trying to install may have been placed in the INF directory by the SetupCopyOEMInf() function, or the driver may have been previously installed and then removed, leaving the .inf file behind. In this scenario, the UpdateDriverForPlugAndPlayDevices() function is unsuccessful and incorrectly gives an error that no drivers are available for the device.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4