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Windows 7: Clean install Win7 on external drive on different machine?

07 Dec 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

THis is not XP. Win7 is a driver complete OS in the installer and via Windows Updates when you enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) immediately after install.

This is fully explained and sequenced in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which assures you'll get and keep a perfect install if you stick with the tools and methods given. Did you read it?


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07 Dec 2013   #12
camner

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you read it?
Yup! Cover to cover twice. But, since you asked the question, I obviously didn't understand perfectly everything that I read. Just to verify what I think you're telling me, let me give it back to you.

After installing Windows 7 with the default drivers that came on the installation disk, as long as I set the windows update to include downloading and installing the latest drivers, I do not need to manually install any drivers myself (with possibly one exception see below). Windows will take a look at my hardware and select the latest drivers for that hardware. Do I have that right?

After installing windows, I looked in device management, and I see that I have default drivers for all of the hardware with the exception of the ethernet connection. So it seems I will need to manually install from the Dell support site the ethernet drivers, and that led windows take care of the rest.
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07 Dec 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

You'll need to actively run all rounds of Important and Optional Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

After each requested reboot, check back for more Updates until there are no more.

Then import any drivers missing in Device Manager using your Dell Tag number.


There are other considerations too in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 like whether all of your function keys work, enough camera functions, etc. Some software from Dell may be required for this. Run for awhile to be sure you need it first.
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08 Dec 2013   #14
camner

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You'll need to actively run all rounds of Important and Optional Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

After each requested reboot, check back for more Updates until there are no more.

Then import any missing in Device Manager using your Dell Tag number.
Done, except for a couple of devices that didn't auto update/install. (See screenshot)
Clean install Win7 on external drive on different machine?-capture.png

I was able to do a Google search and discover that the "SM Bus Controller" seems to refer to the "chipset" and I found a "H61 chipset" driver, so I'm going to try that.

I have no idea which of the listed drivers on the Dell support site correspond to the "Network Controller" (which sounds very generic).

If I can avoid it, I'd rather not have to try to install the Dell drivers one by one (probably overwriting some of the newer drivers installed by the Win7 update manager).

Any thoughts?


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08 Dec 2013   #15
gregrocker

 

Look under Network adapters. If you have your wireless already, then the missing one is likely the ethernet - and vice versa. If there's a bunch of models listed for your tag number, check the Hardware Identification.

Install the chipset to resolve SM Bus Controller.
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08 Dec 2013   #16
camner

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Look under Network adapters. If you have your wireless already, then the missing one is likely the ethernet - and vice versa. If there's a bunch of models listed for your tag number, check the Hardware Identification.

Install the chipset to resolve SM Bus Controller.
Thank you!

[Are you triplets? You seem to respond in quick order no matter what the time of day!]
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08 Dec 2013   #17
camner

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
 
 

@gregrocker: I just finished rebuilding the system, and all seems well. I appreciate all the help you've given me on this project.
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09 Dec 2013   #18
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by camner View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SandeepP View Post



Then clean install the windows as suggested by Greg. Once done install all the relevant drivers:

Updating Dell Drivers

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
Thanks. I do have a followup question.

When going to the Dell support site for drivers, there are quite a number of "recommended" drivers that seem to be specific for a given hardware configuration. For example, just to pick two:

1. Under video drivers, there are 6 recommended drivers, including nVidia Graphics Driver, nVIDIA Geforce GT530 (M208n) Graphics Driver , Intel Graphics Controller, v.8.15.10.2291, A01 , AMD Turks XT Radeon HD6670 (M208), v.8.812, A00 , AMD Caicos Radeon HD6450 (1G DDR3, M116 & ML116), v.8.812-110104a-112217C, A00 , and nVidia Nvidia M207(D12M2-25) GT420 (1G DDR3), v.263.11, A01 .

Surely it does't make sense that I need them all! Should I install them all or determine what my video card (or onboard chipset) is and just install the driver(s) for them?

2. There are 3 recommended wireless drivers listed: Dell Wireless 1502 WLAN Driver , Realtek RTL81XX PCI-E Network Connection, v.7.038.0113.2011, A01 , Atheros Wireless 1502 WLAN Mini Card Desktops, v.9.1.0.328, A01 . Again, install them all?

Thank you.
Hi camner,

You do not need to install all the drivers only the ones that are applicable to your system. On the support site kindly enter the service tag of your system so it should show you the drivers respective for you system only.

Also, you can confirm which video card or wireless card you have on the system by checking system configuration:

Dell System Information / Dell Warranty Extensions & Upgrades / Dell Warranty Status

Enter your service tag to know the system configuration.

I believe all the drivers are installed now and system is working fine now. If required send me the service tag for your system on a private message and I would check if I can arrange the backup discs for you if required.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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