I ran into this on some Vista laptop the owner had used an NLITE'd XP.
I had to let them dangle since the fix was to just install the full OS. They were unwilling to pay the hours to figure it out so it was the let it dangle. In the end they just reinstalled XP again but without all the tweaking.
I recently picked up a an IO Gear 7-port USB hub (a model GUH227 to be specific). This is intended to be used with my Toshiba Satellite (M45-S359) as I've got more USB devices than my current mini 4-port hub can deal with. I figured it'd be as simple as plugging in the new hub and having at it, but that has not been the case.
When I plug the hub in, Windows fires up the found new hardware wizard. Since I have no driver CD, I let windows try to find the appropriate driver. However, it fails and I wind up with a "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software" message. And a non-functioning hub.
On a different forum I saw a similar problem reported and a suggested fix that said to remove all existing USB devices from the hardware properties control panel app and then reboot. I tried this, but all I succeeded in doing was causing my mini 4-port hub to become non-functional. I had created a system restore point before this, so I just rolled back to where I started from.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to get this thing to work? Sure seems like it should be simple plug-n-play, but it's not, and I don't know where to go to get a driver for this thing. Many thanks in advance.