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Windows 7: How to stop Win7 using WU drivers during install

02 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional RTM (Build 7600)
 
 
How to stop Win7 using WU drivers during install

Morning,

Finally moving all the main workstations over to Windows 7. In a test run yesterday - I noticed that Windows 7 jumps ahead of me in a big way right after the main desktop appears.

In the Vista/XP days - I would actually get to install my drivers in my preferred installation order. In this install - especially for graphics - before I even got to install my preferred nVidia drivers - I see that Win 7 has already grabbed and installed 195.65 - presumably from Windows Update - which I do not want.

What's the trick (if any) at "first" desktop to get Windows 7 to hold it's horses and let me install what I want?

Cheers!

VP

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02 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vocalpoint View Post
Morning,

Finally moving all the main workstations over to Windows 7. In a test run yesterday - I noticed that Windows 7 jumps ahead of me in a big way right after the main desktop appears.

In the Vista/XP days - I would actually get to install my drivers in my preferred installation order. In this install - especially for graphics - before I even got to install my preferred nVidia drivers - I see that Win 7 has already grabbed and installed 195.65 - presumably from Windows Update - which I do not want.

What's the trick (if any) at "first" desktop to get Windows 7 to hold it's horses and let me install what I want?

Cheers!

VP
Just go to windows live updates (type it in search) and then click change settings.
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03 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

This is not XP or Vista, MS actually sponsored the WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to build Windows 7 drivers, so they have them first in installer and Updates.

I haven't found an install yet out of nearly 100 which needed any different chipset drivers, and there are never more than 1 or 2 missing in Device Manager to track down from the manufacturer's website.

This works for us in other ways, too, as manufacturers were more wililng to build Windows 7 drivers for older hardware and have them on deadline since MS was paying the bill, completely unlike Vista where they let us languish.
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03 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

First thing I did with my 7 install was install drivers, then go online for updates. That is correct however, and as for chipset driver they included 2 more updates when I downloaded them from the manufacturer's motherboard website.
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03 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional RTM (Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Just go to windows live updates (type it in search) and then click change settings.
That is not correct and has nothing to do with this. I am talking about first boot - before I even can access anything. When my new install booted the first time - without me being able to make any changes - it ALREADY installed nVidia 195.65 - and I know that doesn't come on the DVD - so the install is out on the net hauling down updates even before I get a chance to either stop it or install my own.

In this build - before I realized what was happening - I went ahead and did my thing...chipset then ACHI then graphics...and when I ran the "official" nVidia 195.65 driver installer (that I downloaded) it completely froze and died....when I rolled that back - low and behold...the same driver I was trying to install was already installed.
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03 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional RTM (Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
First thing I did with my 7 install was install drivers, then go online for updates. That is correct however, and as for chipset driver they included 2 more updates when I downloaded them from the manufacturer's motherboard website.
This what I want to do as well....but it seems that Windows 7 is so up to date that I didn't have to do anything. That may be well and good for John Q Public who just wants his install to work straight away and is not interested in ticnkering around - but if I want a specific driver (usually older when it comes to nVidia's current load of crap) this is VERY ANNOYING....

Now I have to taint a nice clean install but yanking this and that out and then running more installers to put the drivers I want in place....

Progress...sometimes it's a pain....

I guess I could install with the network cable yanked....at least that will stop Windows Update from completely installing whatever it wants....
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03 Jan 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Why would you want different drivers when MS spent billiondy dollars building drivers that are exactly suited for Windows 7?

Again, this is not XP or Vista. Every driver has been rebuilt in a partnership with manufacturers to assure that the drivers in the installer and via Updates are exactly correct.

Sometimes it is amazing the lengths people will go to remain stuck in XP old school.
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03 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

If you really don't want the WU drivers...install 7 without an ethernet cord/turn wireless off (or just refuse to connect to a newtork when it asks)...wait for it to install...plug the cord in

Install the drivers off the internet...tell WU to check for updates...uncheck/hide the driver updates you don't want
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03 Jan 2010   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why would you want different drivers when MS spent a billion dollars building drivers that are exactly suited for Windows 7?
If the OP has a mainboard similar to my own then he might be narked off that M$ have failed to ensure Windows Update applies the correct driver for the NIC board chip, and spoils the installation...
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04 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional RTM (Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why would you want different drivers when MS spent billiondy dollars building drivers that are exactly suited for Windows 7?

Again, this is not XP or Vista. Every driver has been rebuilt in a partnership with manufacturers to assure that the drivers in the installer and via Updates are exactly correct.

Sometimes it is amazing the lengths people will go to remain stuck in XP old school.
Hardly old school. Regarding your "Billion dollars comment"...MS has nothing to do whatsoever with nVidia and the construction of the worst drivers on the planet. While I appreciate the effort Windows 7 makes to automatically match a driver with hardware during install - the latest drivers are not always the best choice - especially for graphics cards.

Next round I will try with no network first ...
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