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Windows 7: What Drivers to install ?

31 Aug 2014   #1

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
What Drivers to install ?

Hello so I just got a second hand laptop and have installed windows xp, So now I have to download the drivers can you tell me what drivers are a must to install I dont want crap on my computer thats not needed here is a link and thanks for any help

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31 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Well drivers depend on what you are doing?

Also please note...

When you install new software they come with drivers.

Installing them manually is "normally" Used on custom builds (first boot) or after a BSOD.
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31 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Open up Device Manager, that will show you what drivers you`re missing.

The most important is the network driver, which you can find at the manufacturers website.
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31 Aug 2014   #4


Look over the steps in the link below to Clean Up Factory Bloatware which will also help optimize your system to run best. Steps are similar for XP.

If you have missing drivers in Device manager, find them on the PC model's Support Downloads webpage. I'd not install any of the software however since it is mostly bloat. It shows in the Bloatware tutorial how to turn off any you have on there now in msconfig. You can gradually uninstall what you find you don't need, too.
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02 Sep 2014   #5

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

OK guys In have downloades some drivers but now I cant get my computer to connect to the interne can someone help me please
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02 Sep 2014   #6

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Win 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MicrosoftSlave View Post
OK guys In have downloades some drivers but now I cant get my computer to connect to the interne can someone help me please
Were these drivers from the program in your other thread?

Those driver finder programs are not necessary.
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02 Sep 2014   #7

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64

Are you sure the link in post #1 is correct ?
From what I see in the link it is a very old PC and doesn't have a Network connection.
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02 Sep 2014   #8


How were you connected before? By wire or wireless.

Look in Device Manager under Network Adapters to see what is listed.

Plug in by wire, enable Device Installation Settings, then see if a driver auto-loads in the System tray at bottom right of screen.

Are the network adapters showing in error?

This is likely caused by using a driver finder on a driver-complete OS. Drivers not provided in installer are almost all updated by Windows Update. Did you check for what Important and Optional Updates are available. These should all be installed except for Bingware.
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03 Sep 2014   #9

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

Yes this is an old computer just using for downloading so I dont infect my other computers, The computer was second hand and came with win7

I wanted a fresh computer so I installed winxp since then I cant even connect to the internet when I try to follow device installation settings

The router is not there when I bought the computer it run wireless to the internet im not the smartest at computers so I really dont have a clue as to whats going on
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03 Sep 2014   #10


Do you have the PRoduct Key for Win7 version that came with the PC? It is a 25 digit key that you'll need to reinstall. If you don't have it then you'll need a valid Win7 Product Key. We can provide the installation media.

It explains how to do this correctly in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including how drivers are handled. Put your wireless driver in the backup so you can install it to get online, enable auto-updating of hardware, then run all Important and Optional Updates which will deliver most recent drivers.
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