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Windows 7: clean install of windows 7 on HP laptop

14 Jun 2011   #1

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clean install of windows 7 on HP laptop

Hello everyone,

tomorrow I will be getting my new HP laptop, I want to do a clean install of Windows 7, which i know how to do.

to get the full functionality from the laptop after do i simply got tp the HP website and download the drivers and install 1 by 1? do i need to do them in any particular order?

HP Pavilion dv6-6051ea this is the model i am getting,

From experience I remeber on my old Sony Vaio once I had done this, things like hot keys did not work and the battery life was just terrible after and it heated up even more!! dont want any of these things hapening to the new laptop now! or should I just remove software that I dont want.

It just feels better for me knowing that there is no junk whatsoever on the new machine!!!

please advise



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14 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)

HP should have a complete list of all necessary drivers. They are probably more current than the ones that come with the laptop. As long as all drivers are installed everything should work unless some are tied to HP's apps, which are also downloadable from their website. When you get the laptop why not install the OS on their hard drive to see which apps you like so you will know which ones to download. I really don't think there is an order in which to install the drivers except for things like chipset drivers. It's probably just my preference, but when I do a clean install I disconnect from the internet as soon as the install is complete. I install all of my drivers, then reconnect. It allows me to install the drivers I want to before windows starts installing theirs. You should also receive a drivers disk from them which will have all drivers, though not as current as the website.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If it is an Intel system, I always get the latest chipset drivers from Intel directly, and then install them right after the OS is installed. Then I do video, and then any other hardware after that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


Win7 installer is driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Then any drivers missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your HP model. I would not change out drivers given by the installer unless performance problems point to them. This is not XP.

Here are tips for getting a perfect factory OEM reinstall based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7

HP's are the worst when it comes to bloatware but if you make your factory Recovery Disks before reinstall you can use this method to extract any apps or utilities you want from them without having to reinstall the whole bloated mess: Extract HP 3rd Party Software from RecovCD
HP Backup and Recovery Manager
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15 Jun 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Install the HP Updater App, this will install all drivers & update in the right order.
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15 Jun 2011   #6

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

I suggest you dont get into a clean install routine immediately. As soon as you get your laptop, make a set of recovery disks first thing. Test the disks by booting off them to see whether they give the prompts for recovery (dont actually launch recovery). Then put aside the recovery disks and start checking what bloatware is installed. Google for anything you dont understand before uninstalling it.

With fast processors and hard drives and big memory, it may really not be worthwhile clean installing and adding all apps and drivers if the machine is humming along nicely.
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15 Jun 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP


Bill's approach also allows you to try out the preinstalled programs and utilties to see if you like them or to use them for setup. For example, you may want the testing utilities but not the HP wireless manager which is unneeded and can slow Win7 and its startup.

Here's an approach to removing the bloatware which also guards the system file integrity and optimizes the OS to claw back performance bloatware can weigh down:

Clean up factory bloatware
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