Fix Select the driver to be installed when installing Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 14, 2014
Updated • Sep 5, 2017
Windows, Windows tips

After I replaced the hard drive of my laptop with a faster Solid State Drive two days ago, I had to install an operating system on the device as the disk was empty.

I picked Windows 7 at first, downloaded the ISO image from Technet, used Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to copy it to an 8 Gigabyte USB Flash Drive and started the installation afterwards by simply plugging the drive into one of the computer's USB ports.

Everything went fine for a while, but eventually I would run into a driver issue. Windows was telling me that a driver was missing, and that it could not find the driver on its own.

What made this particularly interesting was that there was no indication of what kind of driver the operating system was expecting.

Well, that is not entirely correct, as it told me that a CD/DVD device driver was missing. Since the laptop did not ship with an optical drive, it did not made a whole lot of sense though.

select the driver to be installed error

The issue was quite puzzling at first, and I went to Lenovo's website to download drivers and updates for the device as I hoped that they would contain the necessary drivers to fix the issue.

The page listed lots of drivers, and before I started to copy them all to the Flash drive, I decided to investigate another possible solution.

Then I remembered that the Thinkpad E145 had two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port. The Flash drive was plugged in one of the USB 3.0 ports, and maybe Windows was having issues because of it.

I connected the Flash drive to the USB 2.0 port on the device instead and ran the installation again. The drive was formatted again, data was copied, and the "Select the driver to be installed" message did not appear at all.

Could it really have been that simple?

Grabbing USB 3.0 drivers for the PC from the Lenovo website should fix the issue as well, as Windows 7 apparently ships without USB 3.0 driver support.

So, if you want to install Windows 7 on a device without USB 2.0 port, you need to pick up the drivers from the manufacturer of the device to continue with the installation.

There are other solutions that users have posted over the years, for instance to add USB 3.0 drivers to the installation files, which can be useful if you use the copy to install Windows 7 regularly on other devices.

What about Windows 8?

I decided to test Windows 8 to see if it would throw the error as well. Did download Windows 8.1 Pro from Technet, used the same Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to copy it to the Flash drive to install it on the laptop.

Turns out that Windows 8 has the exact same issue that Windows 7 has. The operating system displayed the select the driver to be installed notification during installation from an USB 3.0 port, while the setup ran through without issues when the drive was connected to an USB 2.0 port.

You can alternatively load the USB driver by downloading it from the manufacturer's website so that Windows can load it.

Fix Select the driver to be installed when installing Windows
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  1. Anonymous said on February 9, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    thanks a million man

  2. gie said on June 23, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Thanks bro. I’s worked!

  3. Abiola said on May 11, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    What worked for me was cancelling the process, disconnecting usb and connecting it to another port.

  4. Pao said on April 4, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Reinsert on flashdrive to a USB 2.0 port worked for me. Thank you so much.

  5. Moses Prince said on December 15, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Hello I need help. I was installing windows 10 on my HP Compaq 6510b booting from DVD, it started well but later setting up it showed me this pop up message ” A media driver your computer need is missing….. ” I tried windows 7 the same problem.what should I do?

  6. Buzzz said on April 13, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Thanks man, switching to 2.0 ports worked like a charm!

  7. Given said on March 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Hello I have a problem, I am trying to install Windows 10 on my PC ASUS but it gives me error every time. Now It says “we couldn’t find any drives”

    1. Miro said on March 7, 2018 at 6:21 am

      If you give more details (exact model of the Asus) we may be more helpful for you…

  8. Miro said on January 2, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Seems that does not work on 8th generation :(

  9. Miro said on September 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    on page 15

    Windows USB Installation Tool
    21.86 MB
    Windows USB Installation Tool
    (Note) Support Intel 100/200/X299 series motherboards.

    Version :B16.1102.1
    OS : Windows 7 32bit , Windows 7 64bit
    Download : Asia China America Europe
    Download : Europe(Russia)

    my Dropbox’s links to the tool:

  10. Miro said on September 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    There is a tool which will integrate the USB 3.0 driver into windows installer image. Later will add it here – it will resolve any issue you may have

  11. Anonymous said on September 5, 2017 at 12:46 am

    page not found fk face

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Fixed, thanks for letting me know.

  12. Giles said on March 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Sorry to be dim, but if I’m trying to install Win 7 on a laptop currently running Win 10 and the machine has only USB 3.0 ports, what drivers exactly do I need? Is it drivers for the USB stick itself?


  13. Hate My Life said on January 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Nonsense. I used USB install via 3.0 on my old PC and it worked fine. 5 minutes later I put same USB stick in my new PC via 3.0 or 2.0 still won’t install. Had to get optical drive to install windows 7 from CD.

  14. Anonymous said on July 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Thank You so much for this, I was panicking and did not know what to do, when I had the select the driver screen, I just exited it and then pressed start Windows, (I switched the USB to a 2.0 port). Finally it asked for my product key and I felt relieved. Then windows installed.

  15. Anonymous said on June 6, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Re: Unable to install windows 7 on HP Envy 15 TS laptop
    ‎06-06-2016 05:52 AM
    EXACTLY had the same issue….my laptop doesn’t have a usb3.0 bios setup so i couldn’t go through…
    anyways after several hrs trying everything i decided to run my usb external cd/dvd drivvve windows 7 cd from windows its self and it worked….. betheway my laptop doesnt have a dvd/cd drive so i use an external usb dvd cd drive all ports are 3.0
    # just normally start up your windows
    # insert the usb or for my case external usb dvd/cd rom with win7 cd.
    # lastly Run the windows 7 cd or usb ..

  16. Miro said on April 30, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks! :) No need to add anything than that! :)

  17. Hansemand Lugtern said on March 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Same issue on Windows 10, Sighh. Glad i found this post

  18. Chris said on March 15, 2014 at 2:29 am

    I thought 3.0 was backward compatible with 2.0?

    It should not need additional drivers if/when you have no internet access or time to deal with that. I would have thought by now every PC might do away with 2.0 ports altogether

    1. leon said on March 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      3.0 is backward compatible with 2.0
      wich means you can connect 2.0 devices on 3.0
      but the 3.0 still need its drivers even if you connect a 2.0 to it

  19. Ed said on March 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Wish this was written 3 weeks ago :)

    Ran into the same issue with a USB CD drive on USB 3.0.
    Even inserted the motherboard’s chipset CD and Win 7 still couldn’t find the driver.

    Finally installed the CD drive on USB 2.0 and problem solved.

  20. Dante said on March 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Be careful of updating USB3 drivers for Asus Zenbooks. I have several people needing a fresh reinstall of their OS because the new drivers really hose ALL their USB ports.

  21. Womble said on March 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Not trying to be obnoxious because frankly your English is better then mine and I would only embarrass myself, but…This may be of interest to you.. )

    1. jasray said on March 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Must be a close cousin of when to use “then” and “than.” And a direct ancestor of the comma before a coordination conjunction . . . and more . . . one should not use a string of coordinating conjunctions. Stop the full sentence. Start a new one. Eliminate “this” from your writing. (e.g. The following writing tip may prove invaluable:)

      1. Seban said on March 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        I think the problem with the commas before coordination conjunctions derives from the way they are used in other languages. I often have this problem myself because in German we use lots of commas.

        I remember when to write then or than by their German translation (the e and a are crossed)
        then can be translated to dann/damals
        than can be translated to denn/als

        Maybe this will help someone.

      2. Womble said on March 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Phew! Told you I’d be out of my depth :)

        Excellent post though.

  22. Maelish said on March 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Are you concerned about the limited number of writes with a solid state drive? I assume you moved the cache etc to another drive?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      No not really. Modern Solid States Drive last a long time, and I do not plan to use the device for anything other than writing and Internet browsing.

  23. Rick said on March 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Same problem with Windows Restore: if you ever need to restore a full Windows Backup(system image) booted from a system repair disc, make sure you connect to a USB2 and not USB3 port this time. Or Windows Restore won’t find the backup.

    1. z3 said on June 3, 2018 at 2:13 am

      you rocks, didnt work cuz was on a usb3, you save my time ty

  24. Conan said on March 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Yeah, I’ve always had these when installing via USB. Quick fix:
    Click Cancel.
    Back to mainscreen.
    Remove USB.
    Reinsert USB.
    Then it will work.

    1. Anonymous said on September 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      hey conan!!….if your method works,then can you tell me that which MAIN screen you are talking about??

    2. krcma96 said on September 1, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      This is like 2020 and this problem still exits, probably because the laptop I use has only usb 3 ports and the installation has some kind of glitch with it. I don’t know if you will ever see this but thanks a lot, I probably wasted a few precious hours on this trying to include various usb 3 and nvme drivers in the bootable usb and only this worked. Thanks a lot man!

    3. acaPAWN7 said on October 27, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      These steps work like charm, thanks Conan!

    4. Jothi said on January 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Thank You Conan, It worked for me :-)

    5. Zark said on November 29, 2015 at 2:33 am

      Exactly this worked for me. Thank you…

  25. paul(us) said on March 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I who build main PC myself downloaded the driver from the brand of the USB 3.0 port who I needed to speak with main external hard drive.

    Am I correct to assume that I need to download a outer USB 3.0 driver for a outer USB 3.0 port than the USB 3.0 port that I am already permanently using for main external hard drive ?

    Main second question to you is do you think Windows anytime soon is going to support on there Windows7, Windows 8.1 or the new Windows 9 extension support for USB 3.0?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Windows does support USB 3.0, but not during installation. As far as the driver goes, you need to download the driver from the manufacturer’s website. It adds support for USB 3.0 to the system then.

      1. Paul(us) said on March 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

        Thanks Martin, For your tip/explanation. I will download the system driver from the hardware (computer) manufacturer website on the USB stick, before installation from the O.S.on the destination computer.

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