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How Windows Installs Devices

Last Updated: 4/22/2017

Note If you are unfamiliar with device and driver installation concepts, please read the topics in this section before you read other device and driver installation topics.

This section provides a high-level overview of the device installation process. This process is performed by Windows and its device installation components when a new device is connected to the computer, and consists of the following steps:

Step 1: The New Device is Identified

Step 2: A Driver for the Device is Selected

Step 3: The Driver for the Device is Installed

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