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Windows 7: Question about reinstalling Windows 7 and bios

22 Feb 2011   #1
markshim

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Question about reinstalling Windows 7 and bios

hi guys

i need to do a fresh install of windows 7 64bit so that means i need to wipe my hard drive. does that mean i need to update my bios again after the install and do i have to do the south bridge drivers again aswell ?




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22 Feb 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No to your first question. The BIOS is independent of Windows.
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22 Feb 2011   #3
Orbital Shark

 
 

The best thing to do before you re-install is to visit the manufacturer website and download ALL the necessary Windows 7 compatible drivers and save them to an external source (if possible). That way you know you have ALL the drivers you'll need post-install.
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22 Feb 2011   #4
markshim

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

i have another hard drive on my pc which will not be wiped, so i have put the south brigde drivers and other drivers there. its just the bios i have never done myself and don`t know how to do either.
thx for your help
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22 Feb 2011   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

The best thing with the BIOS, is to find out if a newer version gives you any new functionality that you need - note the use of the word need. If not, you probably do not need to update it.

Regards,
Golden
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22 Feb 2011   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If you want help on the bios, you need to tell us what you have right now. Click on Start orb, type msinfo32, hit Enter. Note down your bios details and post here.
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22 Feb 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello markshim.


If you are not having performance issues, it's not a good idea to flash the BIOS, if anything goes wrong during the process it could ruin the motherboard forever.

Windows 7 should add all the necessary drivers for the installation, have a look at device manager after the install completes to see if any drivers need added.


Just do the wipe, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive, running this "clean all" then using the outline in Step Two #2 to create/format and mark Active a single 100GB partition using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the Hard Disk Drive or create additional partitions after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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22 Feb 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

If you need a BIOS update, do it from Windows which is safest.

I would not change drivers issued by the installer. This is not XP. MS spent a fortune getting Win7 drivers into the installer and quickly updated via optional Windows Updates.

Only if there are performance reasons would I swap out drivers, including mobo drivers.

Here are tips for getting a purrfect clean reinstall based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
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23 Feb 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markshim View Post
i have another hard drive on my pc which will not be wiped, so i have put the south brigde drivers and other drivers there. its just the bios i have never done myself and don`t know how to do either.
thx for your help
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