Network Interface Card (NIC) Driver Installation for Microsoft Windows
Before you start
Note: These instructions are general installation instructions for Microsoft
Windows 95, 98, and Me. For specific instructions on your NIC or system, refer
to your vendor documentation.
You have already physically installed your network card. If not go
You will need your Windows installation CD and the driver disks that came with
your Network Card. This will be on a CD-ROM or a floppy disk.
When you turn your computer on after installing your card you should get a pop
up box showing that Windows has discovered your new hardware.
Windows should recognize your new NIC properly as an Ethernet Controller,
Network Interface Card, Network Card or a similar name. As long as Windows
recognizes your new NIC as a network card and not a video adapter, sound
controller or some other expansion card proceed to Step 3.
Next, Windows will look for your card its built in database of NIC drivers.
If Windows has a driver for your card it will display the Driver Found window.
Go to Step 6.
If Windows can't find a driver for your card, you will need the driver disk(s)
that came packaged with your card. If your card did not come with driver disks
you will either have to contact your vendor for the supporting files or go to
your NIC manufacturer's support web site and download the drivers to a disk or
CD on another computer.
Click the "Other Locations" button on the "Update Device Driver
Wizard" window. This will allow you to browse your computer for the
necessary driver files. If your NIC came with a floppy disk you will need to
select the A: drive. If your NIC came with a CD-ROM or you have already copied
the driver files to your computer you will need to select their location. When
you highlight a folder with driver files in it, the "OK" button will
go from pale to bold. Click the "OK" button and go to the next step.
Windows will copy the necessary files over to the hard drive.
If your NIC driver has more than one disk you will get a window saying that
Windows can not find the necessary files. Click on the "Browse button"
and locate the necessary files. If your files are on a floppy disk usually the
only thing you need to do is remove the first disk, insert the second and select
the A: drive again. Otherwise you may need to manually locate the missing files.
If you get a pop up window saying there is a version conflict like the one below
When Windows finishes copying over the files you should get a window asking you
if you want to restart your computer. Click yes.
Go to the Configuring your Network