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Windows 7: Clean install of Windows 7


11 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
Clean install of Windows 7

I did a clean install and thought the necessary drivers would be on the Asus CD.

The install was terrible and I had a good install on an HDD.
I did a backup using Acronis Recovery and everything seems fine.

I was told that the Partition properties are wrong, due to going from HDD to SSD. Pic enclosed

Everything is fine, so I don't know if I should do another clean install.
The driver installation seems to be my problem on the clean install.

After using the Windows 7 CD and the Asus CD, I thought I was done. WRONG!!

Do I download the drivers from the Intel Site, and is that all I need?

Thanks

Paul



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11 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You say the install was terrible. In what way and using what installation disc?

I don't know that I would have used the Asus disc at all, assuming you had a legit Windows installation disc.

What functionality do you lack---why do you think you need more drivers?

At first glance, that pic looks OK. What "properties" were you told looked wrong? The alignment is OK I think.

Post a pic of Windows Disk Management.

I assume you are now operating from a restored Acronis image and that pic represents that installation?
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11 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You say the install was terrible. In what way and using what installation disc?

I don't know that I would have used the Asus disc at all, assuming you had a legit Windows installation disc.

What functionality do you lack---why do you think you need more drivers?

At first glance, that pic looks OK. What "properties" were you told looked wrong? The alignment is OK I think.

Post a pic of Windows Disk Management.

I assume you are now operating from a restored Acronis image and that pic represents that installation?
When I did the install (Legit Windows 7 cd) I didn't know I had to install drivers ( thought the Asus cd would do it).

I could not access radio stations, install printers or any other devices- kept saying error.

The pics are enclosed.
I was told that by doing an image restore from my good install on HDD was giving me partition problems due to the number returned.

This is what I was told :Look for your SSD and check the partition starting

offset.

It needs to be divisible by 4096 (ie return a whole

number when you divide by this) otherwise the

alignment is not correct.


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11 Sep 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Regarding the partitions: my understanding is that those numbers you point out should be evenly divisible by 4. Both are. Both are also evenly divisible by 4096, but I am not sure that divisibility by 4096 matters.

Regarding the install, I would have done this:

Disconnect all peripherals and any hard drive not to receive Windows.

Then install to the SSD using a Windows disk, not an Asus disk.

Then inspect functionality by testing functions directly and looking in Device Manager.

If I lacked functionality or saw any errors in Device Manager, I would look for drivers. Otherwise, I would not look for drivers.

If I had to look for drivers, my first source would likely be the Asus web site, not an Asus disc. Failing that, I might look at other hardware manufacturer's sites---Intel, printer maker, etc.

I would not use any type of Asus disc for any purpose, other than in desperation.
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11 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Ignatz is right , just use windows upgate to install any missing drivers, once you do all the updates, then and only then should you go to a vendors website to get any missing drivers.
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11 Sep 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which are the same Best Practices for retail or OEM.

Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Windows 7 as it is not at all the same as XP. The drivers will be in the installer and quickly updated via optional Windows Updates. After all Updates are done check Device manager for any missing drivers to import from the Asus Support Downloads webpage for your model - not the disk which may be dated already.
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11 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Windows 7 as it is not at all the same as XP. The drivers will be in the installer and quickly updated via optional Windows Updates. After all Updates are done check Device manager for any missing drivers to import from the Asus Support Downloads webpage for your model - not the disk which may be dated already.
Thanks Greg,

I think my problem was that after I did the install, I didn't install Intel drivers.

I just went to their site and see all the drivers I should have downloaded.

When I did the original install, I used the Asus cd to install what I thought were all the drivers I needed.

The device Mgr didn't show any yellow marks, so I thought I was good.

Other than the Intel drivers, are thre any others, not including printers and such).
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11 Sep 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you even read what I just posted?

This is not XP. This is a whole new generation OS which provides its own drivers and doesn't need any others unless they are missing in Device Manager after ALL updates are done.

If you want a perfect install then follow the steps in the tutorial provided.
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11 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
I did a clean install and thought the necessary drivers would be on the Asus CD.

The install was terrible and I had a good install on an HDD.
I did a backup using Acronis Recovery and everything seems fine.

I was told that the Partition properties are wrong, due to going from HDD to SSD. Pic enclosed

Everything is fine, so I don't know if I should do another clean install.
The driver installation seems to be my problem on the clean install.

After using the Windows 7 CD and the Asus CD, I thought I was done. WRONG!!

Do I download the drivers from the Intel Site, and is that all I need?

Thanks

Paul
I purchased the Asus P8Z68 motherboard last month which is very similiar to yours. I installed Windows 7 from the DVD, used the Asus DVD and was good to go. I did not have to go to any sites to get drivers. The Asus DVD and Win 7 DVD had all of them or else they came in Win updates. -- Tell me what sections of the Asus DVD you installed. == Why do you think your install is bad?
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11 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you even read what I just posted?

This is not XP. This is a whole new generation OS which provides its own drivers and doesn't need any others unless they are missing in Device Manager after ALL updates are done.
Yes, I read what you said.
When I did the original install and installed all updates, half my devices did not work - couldn't access radio stations, install printers, etc.

There were No yellow marks in Device Mgr and yet all I had was trouble.
I'll go to Intel this time and download all their drivers.
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