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Windows 7: No clean install possible on new Dell?

23 Jun 2010   #51
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

No prob. Get your Ethernet or Wireless up and connect to WIndows Updates to get them going. I always look for optional Update "goodies" like chipset, video or other newer drivers and get them in first. Then restart and install other Updates.

Take time and set a Restore point before installing to gauge performance after each program and driver is installed. Don't let them write themselves into your msconfig>startup or hang a toolbar on ya.

Get Adobe Flash and Reader, their free OpenOfc suite if you want it, Java Runtime from their websites.

Remember your Dell Service Tag will link you to whatever other drivers you need, but try to avoid changing any out unless performance dictates. Win7 is not like Vista or XP.

Finish up with CCleaner "Run Cleaner" and Registry tab, then Auslogics disk and reg defraggers.


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23 Jun 2010   #52
81sc

w7 64
 
 

I went to the Device Manager and the only device that has an exclamation point is the "Other Devices- Network Controller." I also have 4 keyboards and 2 mice (HID compliant mouse) and a bunch of Human Interface Devices. Is that normal?
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23 Jun 2010   #53
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Is your ethernet or wireless connected? If not, then unzip the driver file for whichever you use and browse to it from the Network Controller Driver tab>Update Driver>Browse.

Or run the app .exe to install its software, although Win7 network connection manager will work better than another.

Ethernet should connect itself. If wireless it should show an available network for you to connect.
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23 Jun 2010   #54
81sc

w7 64
 
 

Ok, I'm connected through ethernet (I have wireless but haven't messed with it yet). Will Windows Updates find the updated driver?
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23 Jun 2010   #55
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It may deliver several newer drivers in optional Updates. I trust these drivers as few have failed me yet.

You can of course compare to the ones cued on Dell Support Downloads webpage for your model. But as a rule I only replace drivers from the installer and Updates if performance requires I try another.

Others feel that the chipset should always be updated from maker, which I tend to think of as XP oldthink but there are a few cases where this becomes apparent, like a strange unlogged browser hang across Chrome, IE8 and Firefox on my nephew's pc which that solved.

Do you notice the lighter load right off without the Dell utilities? Remember to throw the startup freeloaders off the bus.
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23 Jun 2010   #56
81sc

w7 64
 
 

Looks like Windows Update did the trick and updated the missing driver. Should I make a system image now or wait until I get to a good point where I would want to restore to? In other words, make the system image after I have updated the video drivers and anything else I would want in a base install.
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