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Windows 7: Will Clean-Installing My Computer Make It Run Faster?

15 Apr 2010   #11
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
Wait wait...so you're saying there MAY be drivers currently installed on my laptop that even the maker (Dell) has not included in the Dell driver discs that came with the laptop? If so, what kind of sense is this? The laptop discs even say "drivers that are pre-installed on your laptop"...so why would there be drivers that aren't on the disc as well?

Sorry if I mis-understood your post...it seems you were saying MS payed a company like Dell, to have some drivers pre-configured on their laptops, that Dell doesn't also include IN THE DELL DRIVER DISCS that they send you for free with the laptop you purchase.
I guess every maker has their own. Acer mention on their support site that the updated drivers or current drivers are not provide in Windows 7 pre-install...

Some are already up to date and might have been provided by MS and some are not.

The time they put the computer in the market to sell, there are already updates of the drivers pre-installed...and a new generation of the same line of laptops!


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15 Apr 2010   #12
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

By the way gregrocker, the reason I was contemplating a clean install is, if you look in the "Default Folder" topic in the General Discussion forum, I accidentally fiddled with a junction folder that IS NOT SUPPOSED to show up to you at all. It showed up to me on my new laptop, and after accidentally messing with it, it destroyed by ability to create new user accounts, and I'm going to first to a "start-up repair" to see if that will do anything (not that i think it will) then a repair install which HOPEFULLY will fix the problem (it seems no one knows that it will) and THEN, my last step is a clean install...and this is why I made this topic, to see if a clean install does have benefits.

And one last thing...I am a little confused. Ok, so there are the manufacturer (Dell) drivers on their website which are the most recent, I understand, but can someone answer me this...how come, after inputting me service tag on their website. I am shown some drivers that DO NOT WORK on my laptop? Like I said before, I THINK it's because I don't have certain Dell specs that, If I DID choose them, I would not have a DIFFERENT service tag, so the drivers (that don't work for my specific computer) are there just in case, but this is just my theory. I thought someone perhaps here knew the answer.

Ok, so there are the OEM drivers (Dell drivers) and the MS drivers are VIA windows updates? That thing I do every couple of hours (lol) because if so...then that's awesome.
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15 Apr 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

Dell has mistakes on their website aplenty. I come across a major one with BIOS updates, drivers, specs, etc. just about every time I do a Dell install.

You can always benefit from a clean install. I suggest you save externally a Win7 backup image of your current install so you can reimage it to the HD in 15 minutes if you want to go back. This way you can use the Win7 installer to format or even deep clean (zero) the HD to have the cleanest possible slate for your fresh install.
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16 Apr 2010   #14
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

I apologize that I still don't know what you mean by "Windows 7 installer"...how does the Windows 7 installer deap clean my HD? Aren't I the only one around who can do that?

And bro, all I'm concerned with right now, is whether or not I am able to gain back all my drivers, and actually ANYTHING back via a clean install from the Windows 7 CD that came with the computer (through, the dell drivers discs OR the drivers on their website, AND windows updates)...that's all I'm concerned with...I keep seeing "Windows 7 installer" mentioned when I've yet to be told what that is exactly, no offense.
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16 Apr 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

THe installer is the Win7 DVD - we call it "installer" because many are also using USB flash stick to install.

It contains a driverstore with tens of thousands of drivers which are reasonably current, although Windows Updates will deliver newer ones in Optional Updates right after install.

If you have a Dell install DVD then it might be modified somewhat, but should still contain the drivers needed for install. After install check optional Windows Updates for a few rounds, then any drivers which are missing in Device Manager can be supplied from Dell's website or your Driver's disk.
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16 Apr 2010   #16
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

Ok, thanks for clarifying that.
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16 Apr 2010   #17
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

By the way, how do I check if I have startup repair on my hard drive? It's on the Windows 7 CD but I can't find that right now.
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16 Apr 2010   #18
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Boot from your Windows 7 DVD and select repair options...repair install...
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16 Apr 2010   #19
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

The tutorial for the star-up repair here said it may be already pre-installed on my hard drive...the option to do a start up repair...

The disk is what I can't find...the windows 7 disk. That's why I asked how do I check if start up repair is already on my hard drive.
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16 Apr 2010   #20
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Boot computer .. press f8 during install..choose repair computer.... I have never used this option so I cant tell you if it will solve your problem or not... You need to find that disc though!!
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