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Windows 7: Clean install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, driver help

05 Nov 2012   #1

Windows Vista 64bit
 
 
Clean install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, driver help

Hello,

I'm new to building and upgrading computers, so bear with me . I've searched through the forums on various sites and I'm still unsure about what to do. I'm planning on doing a clean install of Windows 7 64bit Home Premium on my computer with a brand new unused SSD. What I would like to know, and forgive me if this is a silly question, is which drivers to put on a flash drive before doing the install. Since I currently have Vista do I copy the Vista drivers to a flash drive or do I download Windows 7 drivers to the flash drive? Also, I can not find the chipset drivers on the HP site unless I choose my operating system as Vista, but this confuses me because I want to install Windows 7, so don't I need the drivers for 7 instead? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I've never done a clean install on a new drive before, so I'm guessing I install the drivers after installing and setting up Windows 7, correct?

Also, I'm not clear on which drivers to put on a flash drive, do I need to have the driver for everything listed in the device manager or just a few important things and let Windows find the rest after installing? If you could break down which drivers would be best to have on a flash drive for the install, that would be appreciated.

Thank you for your help,
Kevin

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05 Nov 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

There's a pretty good chance you won't need any drivers other than those included on the Win 7 disk.

I'd probably download the Ethernet driver from HP in case I didn't have an Internet connection after the new install.

After the install, examine your functionality and take a look in Device Manager. If functionality is OK and Device Manager has no errors, you should be good to go without any other drivers.

I wouldn't obsess over the "latest and greatest" drivers unless I had particular issues. If it ain't broke........................
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05 Nov 2012   #3
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

That's correct, Windows 7 is fairly driver complete other than the LAN, network adapter driver. After it's installed windows update will take care of most of the heavy lifting.
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05 Nov 2012   #4

Windows Vista 64bit
 
 

OK, great. Thanks for the help guys!
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