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With Windows if a driver is not installed the device will show up in Device Manager with a generic device description, for example

Ethernet Controller

instead of the proper description

Qualcomm Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)

when you open the properties page, you can find the Hardware ID

The drivers for this device are not installed.
Hardware Id

I am looking for a reliable way to get the proper device description from the Hardware ID. I visit from time to time but I am interested in other options as well.

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lspci from a Linux live CD is a pretty good choice. Also lshw. – 0xC0000022L Feb 16 '13 at 1:06
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I found that if you search for the SUBSYS value as well it can help narrow the results

PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9808&SUBSYS_2AE4103C will give you a link like this

If you click it, they want you to register. However you can decode the URL to get a direct link

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