Microsoft took a while to figure out that the A: assignment is pointless as the era of Floppy drives is now over. This has been fixed in Windows 11 Build 22000 (stable). Starting with Windows 11, Device Manager no longer defaults to A: i.e it doesn’t ask you for a floppy disk for drivers (icon has also been replaced).
Device Manager can now automatically detect the OS drive, so you can easily locate the driver package if you extracted the downloaded zip file to a folder on the system drive.
Everything about this user experience is terrible, but at least the ditching of A: makes it slightly less terrible. I can’t believe we’re at Windows 11 in 2022, and this UI is still identical to what was first shipped in Windows 95.
Give them a little credit, it’s identical to what was in Windows 2000, which shipped in 1999, four whole years after Windows 95!!!
In Windows 19 they’ll change to / as a path separator.
Just checked on Windows 10, defaulted to the my documents folder. Seems like baseless bashing of Windows for no real reason, but I don’t have time to go back and check old and un-updated versions. Maybe if your computer has a floppy drive, it’s making a reasonable assumption that the whole computer is old enough for drivers to be found there.
“UI is still identical to what was first shipped in Windows 95.”
And yet the only real equivalent to it in the Linux world is Suse’s Yast hardware management. Over 20 years because “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”