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Windows 7: Optimal installation order

16 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Optimal installation order

Hi! I have a question about the installation of Windows 7.
Here is my PC config.
Gigabyte P55A-UD3R (with last beta bios)
Intel core i5
Ati radeon 5750
Mouse g9x
Keyboard 600 logitech
Webcam logitech
Audio and lan integrated into motherboard (realtek)
Monitor hp 2009v
Router netgear dg834g v5
4 gb ram

My question is: what is the ideal installation order of drivers, updates and programs in a clean Windows 7 64 bit installation?

For example, first chipset drivers and then lan, of first do updates and then drivers etc...

Thank you very much!!!

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16 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

My route would be:

Chipset Driver
Video Driver
Local Area Network Driver
Audio Adapter Driver
Wireless Network Adapter Driver
Keyboard and Mouse Drivers
All Windows Updates
Individual applications + updates with a reboot between each application installation.
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16 Nov 2011   #3

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

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.
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16 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Good shout marsmimar - I hadn't even given that one a thought.
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16 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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...
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16 Nov 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Another FWIW.

If IDE allows you to install Windows 7 without system freezes, that's what I'd use just for the installation process. Once you have everything installed and working to your satisfaction I'd go back to AHCI and see if everything continues to work. If it does, great. If not, use IDE. What are the speed differences between the two? If just a few seconds I wouldn't be too concerned over it (although some folks seem to obsess over a few milliseconds.) If you're talking about a few minutes, then there might be something else contributing to the slow down.

I've noticed that when installing large groups of updates the chances of having errors is much greater than when I install just a few at a time (like no more than 5.) It also makes it a lot easier to determine which update might be causing a problem. You simply uninstall the last five and then install them one at a time. They'll either all install without problem or you'll know exactly which update is causing the problem. As to why this happens? Your internet connect might have a hiccup during a download, your electric company may have glitched the power to your house, etc.

Sometimes I can drink an entire can of my favorite beverage in one session with no ill effects. Other times I start to cough after just a few swallows for no apparent reason.
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16 Nov 2011   #7

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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
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16 Nov 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Good info ^^^. Completely slipped my mind.
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16 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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
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16 Nov 2011   #10

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
Gigabyte P55A-UD3R (with last beta bios)
I would check with Gigabyte, for problems with the BETA BIOS.
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