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Windows 7: best way to go about updating windows 7 from a clean install


30 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 
best way to go about updating windows 7 from a clean install

last time i tried to update it kinda blew up on me, now i have a clean fresh install and want to begin updating windows.. what is the best way to go about this?

activate windows first?


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30 Sep 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

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30 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tutorial
19. Install all of your device drivers, then Windows Updates.

20. Refresh your Windows Experience Index (WEI) score.

21. When done, all you will need to do is to activate Windows 7. (See screenshot below)
it just says, install windows updates.. just click go and install them all? and activate windows after installing updates? i figured it would be the other way around
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30 Sep 2010   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tutorial
19. Install all of your device drivers, then Windows Updates.

20. Refresh your Windows Experience Index (WEI) score.

21. When done, all you will need to do is to activate Windows 7. (See screenshot below)
it just says, install windows updates.. just click go and install them all? and activate windows after installing updates? i figured it would be the other way around
No, you activate afterward. In fact, you have a grace period.
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01 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Just make it easy on yourself.

1. Install Windows 7
2. Load drivers from your MB disk.
3. Run Windows Update
4. Activate Windows 7 (It makes "Zero" difference if you Activate before or after updates)
5. Load your apps and enjoy...

The suggestions related to when to activate, or if you should load system drivers direct from the manufacturer or use Windows 7 drives, or any other sequence variables are no more than "urban legion" based on steps users have gone through to fix their own particular issues.

To suggest otherwise means that MS screwed up and that end users are fixing MS's incompetency... Hardly believable considering Windows 7 is being installed 1000's of time daily without issue. If there was a real problem we'd hear 'bout it!
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01 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Both ways should work but im going to throw my penny in the pond here

I actually installed all my drivers and had my system going and never bothered to activate windows untill the time was up then i updated windows nothing changed all the drivers that were installed windows marked them as certified and i went on about my business

Unless windows was corrupted that would be the only way the updates didnt work and if you reinstalled and repaired it then you should have no worries
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01 Oct 2010   #7

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Another personal opinion ... as far as Windows Updates are concerned, I believe it's better to install critical updates first, important updates second, and optional updates last (if you actually choose to install optional updates.) I'd also suggest installing just a few at a time rather than all at once. My reasoning is simple. You want to protect your machine from security vulnerabilities first and foremost. Other updates can wait.

By installing a few at a time (making sure there is a restore point set), if you experience any update incompatibilities it's a lot easier to figure out which update is causing those problems. I'm sure some people will jump in and say they've installed all updates in one session with no problems. I'm simply offering another opinion for your consideration.
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01 Oct 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I also follow the sequence of critical, important, and optional.
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01 Oct 2010   #9
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Use the drivers given by the installer, then updated in optional Windows Updates.

Only change out drivers given by Windows 7 if performance or graphics require it. This isn't XP.
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