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Windows 7: Optimal installation order

16 Nov 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
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Gigabyte P55A-UD3R (with last beta bios)
I would check with Gigabyte, for problems with the BETA BIOS.
No issues reported. The same error occour with the previous versions too.

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16 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

My preferred installation order is as follows:

1. The OS itself (and any storage drivers, if required).
2. Service Pack(s), if not pre-integrated into the OS.
3. Chipset drivers (if suitable drivers aren't included in the OS).
4. Network drivers (LAN and wireless).
5. Audio/Graphics drivers.
6. Mouse/Keyboard drivers.
7. Drivers for other hardware, such as scanners and printers.
8. Security software (3rd-party firewall, anti-virus, anti-malware, etc). See note.

Note. If you haven't already downloaded the drivers, your security software should be the first thing to install after Step 1 above.
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16 Nov 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Good Dwarf, you mentioned the service pack. . I wish the Op has got the OS with SP1. That will be cooler still.
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16 Nov 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeWolF View Post
Thanks for the replies. I have an another question. In the bios settings I can select the hard disk mode in "RAID", "IDE", "AHCI". I have a seagate barracuda 1,5tb sata2. If I try to use AHCI sometimes and only when I install Windows, the system freeze during hdd recognition at startup in the bootstrap procedure. If I use IDE settings everything is ok.
There is a big speed differences between AHCI setting and IDE setting?

And the last: why when I install Windows sometimes everything is perfect and sometimes with the same configuration and steps I get errors? For example in updates, sometimes I can install all updates with no errors and other times I get One or two updates unknown error. But if I do again the updates after a reboot everything is ok...
You will often get an error thrown up if you try to install an update before a previous one has completed, and by completed I mean a restart after you have installed an update(s).

Some updates require a restart to be configured correctly, some don't, but I still think a restart is a good idea after any fresh install.
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16 Nov 2011   #15

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
FWIW, I'd suggest the first installation should be your antimalware of choice. Since you'll have to be connected to the internet soon after installing Windows 7 in order to get updates, etc I think an unprotected machine would be a prime target.
If the machine is behind a NAT router, then there will be no open "listening" ports exposed to the Internet, so the risk of immediate direct infection is tiny. (Worms like Blaster and Sasser depended on services listening on open ports.)

IIRC Windows 7 will want to get updates fairly early in the install process and I would let it do that. Windows will be able to come up withe drivers that are sufficient to boot the motherboard, and you can install antivirus at that point, then continue with the driver installation.

If OTOH the machine has an IP address that is bridged right onto the Internet, i.e., does NOT have a private IP address like 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x, etc., I guess I would unplug the network cable, do everything else, and then go back for the updates.
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16 Nov 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP

 

Why are we giving XP-era advice here?

Windows 7 is driver-complete. After install and optional Updates during which newer drivers will be delivered, you only need to import missing drivers or those which are causing performance problems.

MS spent a fortune getting the drivers into the installer and available via optional Updates to avoid the problems with early Vista where manufacturers held out to force us to buy newer hardware. They built many drivers themselves, subsidized millions of dollars to manufacturers to build drivers, and they hold back drivers that are not optimal for Windows 7.

Windows 7 is the authority on its drivers.
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17 Nov 2011   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeWolF View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
When installing in AHCI mode, you may need to use the Intel SATA Preinstall Driver.
SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup

If you use the Gigabyte Driver CD, this will install drivers in the correct order
The system freeze during the bios bootstrap sequence not Windows. And when the system freeze, I can't enter in the bios for modify that setting. I have to reset the bios with a jumper into motherboard and then it go. It isn't a driver software issue I think
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
Gigabyte P55A-UD3R (with last beta bios)
I would check with Gigabyte, for problems with the BETA BIOS.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeWolF View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
Gigabyte P55A-UD3R (with last beta bios)
I would check with Gigabyte, for problems with the BETA BIOS.
No issues reported. The same error occour with the previous versions too.
I would reseat all the hardware, & clean out all dust.
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