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Windows 7: Clean install or factory restore?

25 Jul 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

This is dealt with in the tutorial which was linked and which you should have read if you want to get a perfect reinstall.

MS spent about a billion dollars getting the latest drivers into the installer or quickly available via optional Windows Updates. These are not generic drivers but ones which were built by the manufacturer, in many cases under MS' WHQL program which pays for Win7 drivers in return for MS having full access to them.

As a result Win7 is the authority on its own drivers and you should run with the ones given by installer and then optional Updates until all Updates are done. Then any missing in Device Manager should be imported from the Support Downloads webpage for your model.

The exception is if you get Standard VGA Display driver which is a placeholder driver waiting for the latest from Updates or the manufacturer. Certain elements of the chipset may also need the manufacturer's driver to function correctly but I would wait to see.

Changing out drivers wholesale after install causes many problems we see here. Better to wait until problems crop up which are traced to a driver before changing it out.


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26 Jul 2012   #12
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes GT as Derek said mate always the manufacturer specific ones however old they might seem. Take it from an old hand at downloading from mirror sites - you can get really get crap stuff and plenty of it.

I used to use Slim Drivers and similar sites and apart from the Intel ones you wouldn't know where the are from.
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