Install a driver manually in Windows 98SE

Problem
You plugged in some hardware and told Windows 98 you didn’t want to install a driver right then, and now you want to. But it isn’t obvious how.
Solution

In the future, remember to install the drivers for your thumb drive before plugging it in. But until then, this is what to do:

  1. Plug in your Plug-n-Play hardware
  2. Download driver and unpack to a temporary directory
  3. Right-click on My Computer
  4. Select Properties
  5. Go to the Device Manager tab
  6. Right-click on your hardware (should be “unknown or the like, and have a question mark next to it)
  7. Find the “Install Driver” button and follow directions from there
Explanation
Windows 98 kindly refrains from asking about the hardware every time you plug it in, but doesn’t provide an easy way to install drivers after that one opportunity.

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