Fix: “No Device Drivers Were Found” Error While Installing Windows

This error occurs when the installation program does not have disk drivers. This happens when you install the Windows ISO from a third-party website. However, there can also be other reasons, such as using a USB 3.0 port, incorrect bios settings, or the hard disks not properly connected.

How to Fix No Device Drivers Were Found While Installing Windows?
No Device Drivers Were Found While Installing Windows

Before applying the methods listed in this article, ensure you are not plugging the USB into a 3.0 port, as it sometimes does not work due to interference from USB 2.0 drivers or unsupported USB drivers.

1. Download disk drivers via another device

When this error occurs, Windows does not detect the disk drivers, which is why you cannot see the disks connected to your computer. In this case, you will have to download the drivers using another device or the current device if the operating system is working fine on your computer. Then, you will browse the drivers and select the appropriate one according to your processor to fix this issue.

  1. To download the disk drivers, open the browser and search for the Intel rapid technology driver. If you have an AMD processor, search for AMD rapid technology driver.
  2. Then, hit Enter to see the results.
  3. Go to the official Manufacturer’s website, such as AMD or Intel, according to your processor.
    Opening Official Manufacturer's Website
    Opening Official Manufacturer’s Website
  4. Then, download the driver according to your Windows version.
    Note: Make sure to download drivers with a zip folder

    Downloading Intel Rapid Technology Driver
    Downloading Intel Rapid Technology Driver
  5. Once done, connect your Windows installation USB.
  6. Then, go to the Windows installation USB directory, and make a folder with the name drivers.
    Creating a folder named drivers
    Creating a folder named drivers
  7. After that, go to the directory where you downloaded the Intel rapid technology driver.
  8. Right-click the Zip folder and click Extract to “F6flpy-x64-Non-VMD”.
    Note: We recommend using WinRar or 7-zip for extracting the folder.

    Extracting Driver Folder
    Extracting Driver Folder
  9. Once done, go to the folder and copy the driver folder.
  10. Then, go to the Windows installation directory and paste the folder into the drivers folder that you have created in the Windows installation media directory.
    Pasting drivers into the USB
    Pasting drivers into the USB
  11. Once done, boot your USB, and click Browse when you see the No Device Drivers Were Found error.
  12. Select the driver folder, which should be located in the Windows installation media folder.
    Selecting intel rapid technology driver
    Selecting intel rapid technology driver
  13. Once done, click OK and select the appropriate driver, then click Next
    Note:
    If you don’t know which driver is compatible with you, select any driver and click Next. Repeat this process until you find the appropriate driver.

    Selecting Appropriate Driver
    Selecting Appropriate Driver
  14. Once done, it should detect the disks connected to your computer.

2. Activate the partition

This error can also appear when the disk where you plan to install Windows is not set as active. The system disk should be set as active as the system will use the active disk first to boot the Windows. Remember, you can make only one partition active at a time on a disk, so activate your system partition to eliminate this error message. Follow the steps to activate the system partition:

  1. Insert the installation media storage device, and wait for the Windows setup to load.
  2. Then, click Next and click Repair your computer to open the Windows preinstallation environment.
    Opening Preinstallation Environment Mode
    Opening Preinstallation Environment Mode
  3. Then, go to Troubleshoot.
  4. Then, select the command prompt to open it.
    Opening Command Prompt
    Opening Command Prompt
  5. Now type diskpart to use the diskpart utility.
  6. After that, type the following command to select the partition and make sure to replace the X with the partition on the disk you plan to install Windows.
    list disk
    select disk X
    list partition
    select partition X
    active
  7. Once done, exit the command prompt and restart your computer to install the Windows.

3. Format your disk

If the error is not fixed, you can try to format your disk. This helps in re-formatting the disk, which often fixes the no device drivers were found error. Make sure the disk you will format does not contain any essential data. If the disk has important data, we recommend you transfer the data to another drive and proceed with the following steps to clean the disk.

  1. To format the disk, boot your installation media device, and wait for it to load the Windows setup.
  2. Then, click Next and click Repair your computer to navigate into the Windows preinstallation environment.
  3. Then, select Troubleshoot and select the Command Prompt to open.
    Launching Command Prompt
    Launching Command Prompt
  4. Now type diskpart to use the diskpart utility.
  5. Then, enter list disk and hit Enter to see the disks
  6. Select the disk on which you intend to install Windows by typing the following command
    select disk X

    Note: Replace X with the disk you plan to install Windows

  7. Then, type clean to remove all the data from the disk
    Cleaning disk using diskpart utility
    Cleaning disk using diskpart utility
  8. After that, enter the following command to create a primary partition where Windows will install
    create partition primary
  9. Then, type the following command to format the disk to NTFS
    format fs=ntfs quick
    Formatting the disk to NTFS
    Formatting the disk to NTFS
  10. Once done, type exit and try to install Windows.

4. Reset bios settings

You can also run into this issue if the disks are not detecting due to the incorrect bios settings. Even though the disks are always enabled from the bios settings, it is better to reset the bios settings to ensure that there is no problem from the motherboard bios, as it can be disabled. If this error occurs due to the incorrect motherboard Bios settings, it will automatically fix when you reset the motherboard bios settings by following the steps.

  1. To reset the motherboard bios settings, turn off your computer completely.
  2. Then, turn the computer on when you see the manufacturer’s logo.
  3. Press the F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL to enter the motherboard bios settings.
  4. Once you access the motherboard bios settings, press the F9 key to factory reset the bios settings to default.
    Resetting Motherboard Bios Settings
    Resetting Motherboard Bios Settings
  5. Once done, boot the Windows installation media device and try installing the Windows to check if the issue is fixed.

5. Create a Windows installation media

If you are still facing this issue, the error could be due to not having disk drivers in the Windows installation media or the disk not being properly connected. You can try creating a new Windows installation media from the official website, which contains all the necessary drivers that need to be installed in Windows installation media for the disk to be detected.  Carefully follow the steps to create Windows installation media:

  1. Go to the official Microsoft website to download the Windows Media Creation tool.
    Downloading Windows Installation Media Tool
    Downloading Windows Installation Media Tool
  2. Once you have downloaded the tool, open the Windows Media Creation tool.
  3. Accept the terms and conditions.
  4. After that, select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC.
  5. Then, click Next.
    Selecting installation media option
    Selecting the installation media option
  6. Again select Next.
  7. Choose USB flash drive and select Next.
    Selecting USB flash drive
    Selecting a USB flash drive
  8. Again select Next to start the downloading process.
    Selecting next to start the process
    Selecting next to start the process
  9. Wait till you see that Your USB flash drive is ready.
  10. Then, click Finish, boot your USB flash drive, and try installing Windows to see if this fixes the No Device Drivers were found error.

If that does not work with other previous methods, either the USB has a problem, or your hard disk is having issues which is why you cannot see the drives connected to your computer while installing Windows. To fix this, you can take your computer to a repair shop for a complete diagnosis.

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