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Windows 7: Windows 7 clean install - BIOS questions & system startup time

17 Dec 2018   #61
RedLad

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Ah I see what you mean now. Sorry for not understanding it! Talk soon anyway, cheers :)


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17 Dec 2018   #62
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RedLad,

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Ah, I see what you mean now. Sorry for not understanding it!
No problems. Please let me know how the WU's go .
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17 Dec 2018   #63
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RedLad,

Just to follow up on your previous question of what is the correct order that drivers should be installed in, I found this for you => How to Install Dell Drivers in the Correct Order.

I personally would stick to the main ones I listed!

I hope this helps!
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17 Dec 2018   #64
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RedLad,

I usually [if needed] install the drivers in the following order:

[1] BIOS and/or Firmware Updates [Advanced Users].
[2] Motherboard or the Chipset.
[3] Video Adapter.
[4] Network Interface Card (NIC).
[5] Audio Adapter.
[6] Wireless Network Card or LAN Adapter.
[7] Any other hardware device drivers not listed above.

I don't think it really matters as long as you do the Chipset first!

Obviously sometimes you will need to install the LAN driver first in order to be able to get online to find and download the other drivers. Often, when you run M$ WU [Windows Update], it will download the drivers for you!

I hope this helps!
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17 Dec 2018   #65
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RedLad,

I have just reviewed todays posts. I have made some amendments so it makes it a bit clearer for anyone following this thread [or comes across this thread in the future]. May I suggest that you just go back over the posts from post #55.
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18 Dec 2018   #66
RedLad

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hi Paul,

I will read back over them, sure.

I managed to install all updates. But I did notice a few failed ones, but still went ahead with the many restarts and it installed what it could anyway. the one it is saying failed on just now is called 'Definition Update for Windows Defender Antivirus.'

Am I right in thinking this is a Windows 10 program?
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18 Dec 2018   #67
RedLad

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

One thing I am glad to see is that those random freezes and black screens seem to have stopped since the 2nd re-install.

I have some questions Paul.

1. For post #55 you talk about the Bios and say that you "update the BIOS first, before updating any other drivers." What do I do in my case? As I have already updated the chipset and graphics card/display already.

2. In the Device Manager I am still seeing a lot of the yellow exclamation marks in the 'Other devices' section - so I am just wondering if I go ahead and try to update some other drivers, will this fix these issues (in Device Manager)
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18 Dec 2018   #68
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RedLad,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedLad View Post
I will read back over them, sure.
I think it will be worth it, just to get it clear in your mind what has been done, in what order, and why!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedLad View Post
I managed to install all updates. But I did notice a few failed ones, but still went ahead with the many restarts and it installed what it could anyway. the one it is saying failed on just now is called 'Definition Update for Windows Defender Antivirus.'

Am I right in thinking this is a Windows 10 program?
No it isn't. Windows Defender is an anti-malware component of M$ Windows. If you have your own AV [Anti-Virus] I wouldn't worry about it. Most people don't use it. The choice is yours!

I hope this helps!
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18 Dec 2018   #69
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RedLad,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedLad View Post
One thing I am glad to see is that those random freezes and black screens seem to have stopped since the 2nd re-install.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedLad View Post
I have some questions Paul.

1. For post #55 you talk about the Bios and say that you "update the BIOS first, before updating any other drivers." What do I do in my case? As I have already updated the chipset and graphics card/display already.

2. In the Device Manager I am still seeing a lot of the yellow exclamation marks in the 'Other devices' section - so I am just wondering if I go ahead and try to update some other drivers, will this fix these issues (in Device Manager)
[1] The BIOS can be updated at any time, not necessarily first. As everything seems to be running OK now, you can update the BIOS if you so wish! If you do go ahead and do this, I would check for updates again.

IMPORTANT: Only update the BIOS with the update that is on the Dell website. Pay very close attention to the information they give for the installation and follow it to the letter!

[2] How many yellow triangles are we talking about?

Have you got a Dell Drivers DVD?
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18 Dec 2018   #70
RedLad

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I actually installed Kaspersky Free along with Malwarebytes Free. I will keep these for now anyway. I always used Avast Free but wanted to try something different and the reviews were better for Kaspersky Free.

1. For the Bios - I went through a lot of stuff with that before from what I remember, with the other users who are no longer on the forum. So I am weary of messing about with it again now. There was all sorts on nonsense I had to alter, like raid controllers and UEFI. It was stressful at the time haha.

2. LOTS. Approx. 130 Base System Device ones. Along with these at the bottom:

This is only a portion of the Base System Device ones, in the image. The rest are listed above.


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