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Windows 7: Fresh install of Windows 7 from a recovery image


27 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Fresh install of Windows 7 from a recovery image

I have just done a fresh install of Windows 7 from an image (Samsung branded Recovery disk) I put on to my USB stick since my Samsung 400B2B Notebook does not have a DVD drive. I did the reinstall to get rid of the intensely annoying bloatware.

I am astonished that after the reinstall I am left completely driverless and when I go into device manager there isn't the slightest hint which wireless adapter (broadcom, intel or Atheros) or LAN hardware is installed. I have tried ipconfig again no help. The image taken from the Samsung CD is just under 4GB, so what the hell are they putting on there thats taking up 4GB?

So how on earth am I supposed to ascertain what hardware I've got? I stupidly assumed I would at least be able to get online by plugging in the ethernet, ha!

How on earth can Samsung supply a recovery disk which leaves you up the creek without a paddle so to speak. Yes I know I can use a bit of trial and error but I shouldn't have to.

This really is bare bones!!

But can this be normal practice?

Gus

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27 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GusFG View Post
I have just done a fresh install of Windows 7 from an image (Samsung branded Recovery disk) I put on to my USB stick since my Samsung 400B2B Notebook does not have a DVD drive. I did the reinstall to get rid of the intensely annoying bloatware.

I am astonished that after the reinstall I am left completely driverless and when I go into device manager there isn't the slightest hint which wireless adapter (broadcom, intel or Atheros) or LAN hardware is installed. I have tried ipconfig again no help. The image taken from the Samsung CD is just under 4GB, so what the hell are they putting on there thats taking up 4GB?

So how on earth am I supposed to ascertain what hardware I've got? I stupidly assumed I would at least be able to get online by plugging in the ethernet, ha!

How on earth can Samsung supply a recovery disk which leaves you up the creek without a paddle so to speak. Yes I know I can use a bit of trial and error but I shouldn't have to.

This really is bare bones!!

But can this be normal practice?

Gus
That's actually a good thing. You don't have all of the factory "bloat" that comes with the pc. This website should help you find the drivers for your Samsung laptop: Samsung
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27 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Go to Control Panel then click Device Manager.

Expand Network adapters and then right click on the network device, click Properties. Select Details and scroll to Hardware IDs and find the info in this screenshot. Then enter the appropriate data at PCI Vendor and Device Lists. (Sorry fo the slopiness of the highlighting.)


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28 May 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

GusFG,

Welcome to SevenForums.

Question #1. Does the notebook work right now, even if without some of the desired performance?

Your answer determines the next step.
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28 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

There may be another way out if you want to go through the reinstall process again. You can download an ISO image of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (your OS as per your specs) from Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River « My Digital Life and put it on your USB stick. Then clean reinstall Windows 7 again.

As Windows 7 Installation DVD comes with almost all the drivers, it should get installed without any bloatware with all your hardware working. For activation you may use the genuine Product Key which came with your Samsung.

In the unlikely event of the drivers not being found on the installation DVD, you might have to download from the Samsung web-site as has been suggested already and you wont be any worse off except for the time taken to do the reinstall.

Kindly also fill up the system specs fully for your Machine.
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28 May 2012   #6

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome GusFG,

You can download System Info for Windows on another computer & put it on a USB flash drive. Then copy it to your computer & run the program. It will give you all the details of your computer, including hardware, etc. Then you will know what driver to get for your wireless lan adapter so you can install it and get on-line to get all the other needed drivers.
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28 May 2012   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GusFG View Post
I have just done a fresh install of Windows 7 from an image (Samsung branded Recovery disk) I put on to my USB stick since my Samsung 400B2B Notebook does not have a DVD drive. I did the reinstall to get rid of the intensely annoying bloatware.

I am astonished that after the reinstall I am left completely driverless and when I go into device manager there isn't the slightest hint which wireless adapter (broadcom, intel or Atheros) or LAN hardware is installed. I have tried ipconfig again no help. The image taken from the Samsung CD is just under 4GB, so what the hell are they putting on there thats taking up 4GB?

So how on earth am I supposed to ascertain what hardware I've got? I stupidly assumed I would at least be able to get online by plugging in the ethernet, ha!

How on earth can Samsung supply a recovery disk which leaves you up the creek without a paddle so to speak. Yes I know I can use a bit of trial and error but I shouldn't have to.

This really is bare bones!!

But can this be normal practice?

Gus
Hi there
these Recovery disks are made for a whole series of computers -- it supposedly keeps the costs down. On recovery it determines the model and installs (hopefully) the appropriate image.

I complain nearly every day about the current practice of not supplying a PROPER windows install disk with the machine be it an OEM or a retail copy but the industry seems to have made its mind up.

If I purchase a machine in a store (very rarely these days now) I usually haggle for a retail copy of Windows to be thrown in -- I don't need Norton or all the other junk (extended warranties in particular) that they try and sell you as well.

However your disk *should* install your machine back to factory condition - complete with bloat / crapware . As previous poster says device manager should show you what you've got on your machine

-- or you can use this FREE application --it's quite good but takes a little while --gives you all your product keys as well.



http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html


cheers
jimbo
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