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Windows 7: Clean install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, driver help

05 Nov 2012   #1

Windows Vista 64bit
Clean install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, driver help


I'm new to building and upgrading computers, so bear with me . I've searched through the forums on various sites and I'm still unsure about what to do. I'm planning on doing a clean install of Windows 7 64bit Home Premium on my computer with a brand new unused SSD. What I would like to know, and forgive me if this is a silly question, is which drivers to put on a flash drive before doing the install. Since I currently have Vista do I copy the Vista drivers to a flash drive or do I download Windows 7 drivers to the flash drive? Also, I can not find the chipset drivers on the HP site unless I choose my operating system as Vista, but this confuses me because I want to install Windows 7, so don't I need the drivers for 7 instead? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I've never done a clean install on a new drive before, so I'm guessing I install the drivers after installing and setting up Windows 7, correct?

Also, I'm not clear on which drivers to put on a flash drive, do I need to have the driver for everything listed in the device manager or just a few important things and let Windows find the rest after installing? If you could break down which drivers would be best to have on a flash drive for the install, that would be appreciated.

Thank you for your help,

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05 Nov 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

There's a pretty good chance you won't need any drivers other than those included on the Win 7 disk.

I'd probably download the Ethernet driver from HP in case I didn't have an Internet connection after the new install.

After the install, examine your functionality and take a look in Device Manager. If functionality is OK and Device Manager has no errors, you should be good to go without any other drivers.

I wouldn't obsess over the "latest and greatest" drivers unless I had particular issues. If it ain't broke........................
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05 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

That's correct, w7 is fairly driver complete other than the LAN, network adapter driver. After it's installed windows update will take care of most of the heavy lifting.
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05 Nov 2012   #4

Windows Vista 64bit

OK, great. Thanks for the help guys!
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