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Windows 7: Network Adapter Driver not found after Clean Install of Windows 7

21 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Network Adapter Driver not found after Clean Install of Windows 7

After spending my entire friday trying to fix my mom's pc, I'm stumped... She recently purchased a new 2T HDD, 8 more GB of 1333 DDR3 Ram (12 GB total), and Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Everything was installed smoothly and works with the exception of the network adapter. I've installed the network driver posted on EVGA's website as well as tried many different suggested techniques (with the exception of trying to reinstall the OS), but still have no luck.

I do still have the OS on the original 150GB HDD she had previously however it was 32bit Professional that I got from school (Don't have the original disk anymore) and wouldn't accept any more Ram higher than 3GB and she needed more hard drive space as well.

If someone could help without having me reinstall the OS on the 2T HDD if possible, I would greatly appreciate it.

Motherboard: EVGA P55 SLI (132-LF-E655-KR)
CPU: Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz
RAM: Corsair 2 x 2GB 1333 DDR3, GSkill 2 x 4GB 1333 DDR3 (12GB Total)
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5
HDDs: Seagate Barracuda 150GB, Seagate Barracuda Green 2000GB

If you need anymore information just ask. Thank you!

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21 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Plug in the old HD, boot into the new Windows 7, in Device Manager open Network Adapter, click on Driver tab, choose Update driver, browse to the old Windows 7's Windows>system 32 folder to install the driver. It will always be there.

There is more information here about getting and maintaining a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including how drivers are handled differently in Windows 7 than before.

You also are entitled to use 32- or 64-bit with each Windows 7 license so didn't need to buy another copy. You can use the Student license now on another PC, in either bit version.
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 Network Adapter Driver not found after Clean Install of Windows 7

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