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Windows 7: Can I rely on the existing bios settings when doing a new install of 7

13 Apr 2014   #11
DavidE

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Can you post a link to that specific tutorial that mentions saving drivers?
I think the OP is referring to the Clean Install Windows 7 tutorial.
This is in the "Tip" of the tutorial:

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Before doing this clean install, you should download and save all of your device drivers to a USB flash drive, DVD, another HDD, or some other media to have them handy to make setting Windows 7 up easier when finished installing Windows 7. For example, having the network driver available in case you cannot connect to the internet until it's installed.



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13 Apr 2014   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post

I think the OP is referring to the Clean Install Windows 7 tutorial.
This is in the "Tip" of the tutorial:

Quote:
Before doing this clean install, you should download and save all of your device drivers to a USB flash drive, DVD, another HDD, or some other media to have them handy to make setting Windows 7 up easier when finished installing Windows 7. For example, having the network driver available in case you cannot connect to the internet until it's installed.
OK: "download and save". That refers to going to the website of the PC or hardware manufacturer and downloading the newest drivers. I thought the OP was referring to saving drivers from his current install.

That was standard procedure for earlier operating systems, but I rarely hear of anybody getting in a jam by just accepting Windows default drivers from the install disc and THEN re-evaluating after the install if some functionality is missing that drivers from the manufacturer might provide.

But I'll grant you that some people are obsessed with "newest drivers" and aren't about to be satisfied with anything as pedestrian as a driver found on a Windows installation disc. I'm not one of them.

As I said earlier, I would get the NIC driver before the install just in case I didn't have connectivity after a clean install. I've never had that problem personally, but have seen allegations of it.
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13 Apr 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

Drivers for Factory OEM are better handled using the tips, advice, tools and methods in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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14 Apr 2014   #14
illiterate1

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hello and thanks for the replies,

The driver reference is in ' Windows 7: Clean install Windows 7' in a footnote "tip". It goes something like...." before doing a clean install, you should download and save all of your device drivers to a USB flash drive... etc... for example, having the network driver available in case you cannot connect to the internet until it's installed" I have obviously read it incorrectly. Thanks for letting me know that drivers are on the new install disk.. When I reformat my desktop pc's (running XP) I need to install drivers for sound card, audio card, printer and so on, so you have eased my mind on that score. On another note, I mentioned in a previous post that my reason for a clean install was due to the fact that the Fujitsu laptop repeatedly gave me "installer not responding" messages when attempting to run a util from the dvd drive.. surely there must be a way around this phenomena in Win 7, rather than opting for a clean install (although the clean install is going ahead anyway).

Many thanks for your help,

Illiterate
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14 Apr 2014   #15
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

You may need drivers that are specific to your lap top. Go to the manufacturers website to find what is available.

Mother board specific drivers like the chipset, Ethernet, wifi, usb and other devices specific to your machine. I like to have these needed drivers before I do a install but it's normally not necessary. You can d/l and install after you install W7.
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14 Apr 2014   #16
gregrocker

 

Again, follow the steps given in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are quite specific and based on tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here since beta.

Have your wireless driver in your backup so if it isn't provided by installer you can install it quickly to get online, enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) then install all Important and Optional Windows Updates, with reboots, until there are no more offered when you Check for Updates.

Only after all Updates are installed (except Bingware) should you import any missing drivers in Device Manager. It isn't necessary to import the chipset unless elements of it are missing, or there are performance issues which point to it which we can help you sort.
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14 Apr 2014   #17
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

In Post #14 you said
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When I reformat my desktop pc's (running XP) I need to install drivers for sound card, audio card, printer and so on, so you have eased my mind on that score.
Although all the advice you have been given on "drivers" is correct you will need your installation disc for your printer. Clearly Windows 7 could not contain all the drivers for all the printers and Scanners that exist, that would run into many thousands of drivers! If you can't find your Printer installation disc, don't worry just post here the make and model of your printer and one of us will give you the link to download what you need.
EDIT: Incidentally I think you reside in the UK but your timezone on your profile shows you as in the USA. Don't worry when you have finished your clean install post a new thread and ask how to change your timezone and you will be given full instructions. You can see it is wrong just look at the time shown in your profile! But as I say this is not vital do it later.
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15 Apr 2014   #18
illiterate1

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hello,

I received the new Win 7 disk yesterday and downloaded drivers from the fujitsu website. As you can imagine, I don't know what half of them actually do, except for the audio driver. Although some would advocate downloading whilst others suggest not to bother at this juncture, I am nonetheless following all your advice to the letter. Having downloaded a multitude of drivers, when I reached the last one in the list it was a ' driver collection designed for supporting a first installation', perhaps I should use this as opposed to individual drivers. That said, I may not even need them.

Thank you everyone.

Illiterate.
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15 Apr 2014   #19
gregrocker

 


Are you joking? I just wrote out for you above exactly how drivers are handled in Win7. I didn't trust you'd actually read the tutorial so I summarized the drivers steps so you wouldn't miss them. Then you reply back that you did exactly the opposite! Are you kidding?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Again, follow the steps given in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are quite specific and based on tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here since beta.

Have your wireless driver in your backup so if it isn't provided by installer you can install it quickly to get online, enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) then install all Important and Optional Windows Updates, with reboots, until there are no more offered when you Check for Updates.

Only after all Updates are installed (except Bingware) should you import any missing drivers in Device Manager. It isn't necessary to import the chipset unless elements of it are missing, or there are performance issues which point to it which we can help you sort.
It's a shame that you dont' want to benefit from the other steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 as that tutorial compiles everything that's worked best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here.
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15 Apr 2014   #20
Boozad

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

As Greg said, just reinstall Windows and run all rounds of updates, this should leave you fully furnished driver wise. I recently upgraded my father-in law's Acer laptop from Vista to 7 and it installed every required driver, I didn't have to bother updating anything.
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