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Q: Where are the INFCACHE.1, infstor.dat, infstrng.dat files

Like always Windos has its problems with drivers, it's fine, we get it. 
In Windows 7 easy workaround was available - rename the INFCACHE.1, infstor.dat and infstrng.dat files (which are located in /Windows/System32/DriverStore folder), restart machine and it will force Windows to rebuild them. 

BUT now I've installed Windows 8 and those files are gone. So what should we do now? 
Please advice.


i found an answer on google of deleting the "drivers" files in "C:\Windows\System32\config".  before i start deleting like crazy i'm hoping someone can chime in and tell me another way of fixing usb detection problems?  as op said, in vista and win 7 deleting infcache.1 was the fix.

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yep, that worked. my mouse is detected properly again - couldn't wait, i had to plug in a different mouse to get things done ffs!


microsoft - why change things to make it more difficult to fix a fault? grrr.

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Here is my experience of finding INFCACHE.1 in Win 8.

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First, it's known that:

In the legacy MS OS, such as win 2k(out of our discussion), xp and 2k3, even vista and 2008 (no r2)

%systemroot%\inf\INFCACHE.1 is the driver cache file ( we can also think it as a driver index database).

From win 7 to 2008 r2,

The driver cache file is moved to the following directory, and some new files appeared.

%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore\INFCACHE.1
%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore\drvindex.dat
%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore\infpub.dat
%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore\infstor.dat
%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore\infstrng.dat



If these driver cache files is missing, corrupted or incorrect, those device based on the default drivers built-in system will not work properly.

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From win 8 to the latest widows version,

It seems that MS removed the driver cache which existed as files in the past.

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We've spent some times, and it's not easy to find the new way MS store the driver cache msg in win 8, there has none MS offical explanation.

After win 8.1 is released, we still insist on looking for the driver cache storage location,

Misled by the old version of windows, we think the driver cache should exist as file format as before, and we get nothing from file comparison and tracking.

Then we try to find a new ideas to get new progress, and try to search any helpful msg from MS or Search Engine.

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Finally, one day I found someone said he believe it's functionality has been moved to the registry as HKLM\Drivers, and that the HIVE is loaded on demand.

But I can not find this registry in my win 8.1 or win 8,

After reinstall the os, at the first time while system is ready to use(System Initialization), Press [Shift]key + [F10]key to call the cmd wnd,

Then run "regedit", okay! the HKLM\DRIVERS is exists here! Export it now.

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Here to share its data structures:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS]

There are 4 sub-items under HKLM\DRIVERS:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DeviceIds]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DriverFiles]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DriverInfFiles]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DriverPackages]


I don't know why it will disappear soon.

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And there also has a registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase]

Which has the same data structures as HKLM\DRIVERS, but theirs content is different.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DeviceIds]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DriverFiles]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DriverInfFiles]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\DRIVERS\DriverDatabase\DriverPackages]


So I export it too.

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After gather the registry above, I heard someone told me there has another file exists in the OS:

%systemroot%\system32\config\drivers

Well, just extract it from the System Installation Disk now!

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OK, let' make a summary now.

The "%systemroot%\system32\config\drivers" can be extracted from System Disk easily, and the registry need to be exported at the System Initialization.

After replace them to your OS, a sysrem reboot is needed to to take effect.

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