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Windows 7: When is the best time to do Windows Update in a fresh install?

05 Nov 2011   #1
Vocalpoint

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 
When is the best time to do Windows Update in a fresh install?

Morning,

I am rebuilding a workstation here and I am wonder "when" (In terms of order) do you guy run Windows Update during a bare metal reinstall of Windows 7?

I currently do ALL my drivers first (and confirm all devices are working) and then move over to Windows Update. But I see some folks go to WU right after the Windows 7 installer is done and you are placed on the desktop for the first time?

Thoughts?

Cheers,

VP


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05 Nov 2011   #2
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Personally I would do as you said and install the up to date drivers first then apply the updates. That way you wouldn't install any outdated drivers windows update may throw up. After all updates create a system image and store it somewhere safe, that way you never have to go through the process again, you can just recover from your image and save yourself hours of time.

Danny
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05 Nov 2011   #3
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Good question - either way seems to work fine. But if it were me I'd install the chipset drivers for the mobo first, do some basic desktop customization maybe (I mean simply setting up some of my favorite settings in Control Panel) and then proceed with Windows updates. Then I'd do all the rest (update videocard drivers, other devices, more customizing and tweaking) - oh, and take a backup image with Macrium once or twice as a fallback.

Ohwait - that's what I did when I installed Windows 7 on my desktop.

EDIT: xxxdannyxxx makes a good point about the potential for outdated device drivers to end up on your PC, but these would fall under optional Windows updates anyway. I'd want to install only the critical/important ones for starters, then do the rest later.
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05 Nov 2011   #4
Vocalpoint

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Good question - either way seems to work fine. But if it were me I'd install the chipset drivers for the mobo first
Which brings up yet another question:

Are you guys still installing the latest Intel Chipset drivers? Even with Win 7 SP1? I ask because I am using a circa 2008 GigaByte board here and it's "supplied" chipset driver pack is super old. Just wondering if installing the chipset drivers matters anymore?

Thoughts?

VP
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05 Nov 2011   #5
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Immediately after the clean install, I always update 1st and then restart and then install any 3rd party software.
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05 Nov 2011   #6
Vocalpoint

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Immediately after the clean install, I always update 1st and then restart and then install any 3rd party software.
"Update 1st" meaning Windows Updates? And then you do your system drivers?

VP
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05 Nov 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I personally always
1) Update drivers from OEM manufacturer website.
2) Install sp1.(If not already installed)
3) Windows updates.
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05 Nov 2011   #8
Vocalpoint

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I personally always
1) Update drivers from OEM manufacturer website.
2) Install sp1.(If not already installed)
3) Windows updates.

Pretty much what I am doing. Do you bother with chipset drivers with Windows 7?

VP
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05 Nov 2011   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I install Windows, I go into Device Manager and look for anything that says it isn't working. These are the only things that I go looking for 3rd party drivers for. Once I have those things working, I would run Windows update and get all that squared away.

the only 3rd party driver that I run for sure is the video card driver. If Windows has a built-in driver and my hardware is functional with it, that is exactly what I use.
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05 Nov 2011   #10
Vocalpoint

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Sounds like no one is bothering with chipset software - so neither will I

Cheers,

VP
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