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Windows 7: Doing Clean Install, Order To Install Drivers?

12 May 2015   #1
thetravis0916

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Doing Clean Install, Order To Install Drivers?

Hello I am getting ready to do a clean install of windows 7 on my PC. What would I need before I do the clean install and what is the proper order to install drivers. Also where would I get the drivers from? Should I let Windows pick the drivers or get them off my manufactures website?

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12 May 2015   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Visit the support page for your motherboard and download the chipset driver and LAN driver. Install those following the install and then run all rounds of Windows updates until no more are offered.
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12 May 2015   #3
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Also, consider doing Windows Updates in clumps of 10 at a time; 1-2 mega giants at a time. I use notify me when downloads are available so that I can download and install small groups at a time.

addendum: I meant the above only after being able to get back onto the internet
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12 May 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There is no particular order, but follow Gav`s advice, if you can`t get online, you can`t do anything.

Did you build the PC yourself ? Did you purchase the motherboard, if so it will have the drivers cd with the network drivers on it.
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12 May 2015   #5
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

The only thing I'd recommend updating after Windows updates are all up to date is the GPU driver.
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12 May 2015   #6
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

...and maybe do some disk imaging at different stages of the installation. Macrium Reflect and a (tested) winPE boot USB works fine. Good to have in case something (experiments) doesn't go as planned (and safeguard some early 'everything ok' images, to be able to easily revert to a 'fresh install' state if ever needed after some time of use of the pc). Good Luck.
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12 May 2015   #7
thetravis0916

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

When should I install my graphics card divers?
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12 May 2015   #8
thetravis0916

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Visit the support page for your motherboard and download the chipset driver and LAN driver. Install those following the install and then run all rounds of Windows updates until no more are offered.
There are raid drivers it says to pre install should I do those too?
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12 May 2015   #9
gldndragn

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thetravis0916 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Visit the support page for your motherboard and download the chipset driver and LAN driver. Install those following the install and then run all rounds of Windows updates until no more are offered.
There are raid drivers it says to pre install should I do those too?
Not unless you are doing a raid setup.

But get all the proper drivers for your motherboard (audio, chipset, network, graphics) so you will have fewer problems after installing Windows.
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12 May 2015   #10
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thetravis0916 View Post
When should I install my graphics card divers?
When Windows Updates has completely finished.

Imaging with Macrium is a good shout, let us know if you're interested in that and we'll show you how.
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