You may get this error when you attempt to install new hardware, or a new driver for existing hardware. It may be that the driver you are trying to install is for a different version of Windows than the one you are running. This error is particularly prevalent if you are installing new modem drivers.
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You may see this common error as a result of several different problems. The good news is that the fix is fairly obvious. Usually, it appears when you are having some difficulty in installing, or in re-installing, a Windows application. It may also appear when you have a corrupt or an outdated driver. To fix this error, the first thing to do is just to make sure you have the most recent driver. Go to the web site maintained by the product vendor, and download the latest version. Make sure to notice the product’s operating system compatibility—not all drivers work for all operating systems! If you are trying to load a driver that is meant for Windows XP, and you are running Vista for example, you may run into this problem. In some rare circumstances, the driver may not be available for your current operating system—and in that case, your only solution is to either run a different operating system, use a different product, or alternately, you may be able to find a “generic” driver that is equivalent to the driver you want to use, and attempt to load that one.
TipFor more information, please see: How to fix Hardware error #1024