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Windows 7: Give up on installing Win 7 Sp1 ?

28 Feb 2011   #31

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brotherboard View Post
My laptop is working perfectly and the last thing I need is some software screwing it up. Having read the forum I see more problems than success, or is just that those who have not encountered problems don't post, so we get an a unbalanced view of things?
My installation went without a hitch. It is as Jacee and Hopalong X replied. People who had success installing SP1 have no reason to come to the forums seeking help.

Some preparatory steps to take before any major upgrade, with several Windows 7 SP1 specific items noted:
  1. Clean out all temp files.
  2. Clear out all System Restore points but the last.
  3. Defrag your hard drive.
  4. Create a backup disk image to an external hard drive.
  5. Check the device manager and manufacturer's websites and verify that you have the newest available versions of your system's various device drivers installed. (Beware if you used Driver Cleaner programs.)
  6. Temporarily uninstall any/all security programs that have the capacity to block changes to the registry, unless they can be manually disabled and will remain disabled until manually restarted. If they automatically restart upon reboot, they must be temporarily uninstalled. (See Re: McAfee)
  7. Check Windows Update to ensure all Important updates have been installed. (Note that KB 976902, is a Pre-requisite for SP1: Description of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software feature update)
  8. If you installed any of the pre-release versions of SP1, uninstall them before installing the final release version of SP1.
  9. If you are using a laptop, be sure to be plugged in to an electrical outlet.
Also see Windows 7 Service Pack 1 FAQs and helpful links.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2011   #32
Microsoft MVP


This looks like another case where old XPired tools like Driver Cleaner are being applied to an OS which doesn't need them.

Win7 is very good with drivers, can now be relied on in most cases to be the ultimate authority on the drivers it wants, smoothly installing them often without the need for so much as a restart.

Use the drivers given by the Win7 installer and quickly updated by optional Windows Updates after turning on hardware auto-updating: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware Only if there are performance issues would I change out the drivers given by Win7.

This is because MS spent a fortune getting drivers into it's installer and quickly available by optional Updates, even paying manufacturers under the WHQL program to build them so they wouldn't hold out (as with Vista) to force us to buy newer hardware.

As for the old Driver finders and cleaners, as with other tweaking programs they are now XPired and counterproductive for use with Win7. We learned this the hard way in beta and now have two year's experience to say with certaintly that Win7 only needs CCleaner, Auslogics defragger and maybe Revo Uninstaller as add-on tools - and many experts think it doesn't even need that.

This is truly the first totally lean, fully optimized and perfectly balanced OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2011   #33

Win 7 64 bit Premiun
Repair install!!!!

Did a repair install everything is A-OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SP1 installed and everything is up to date.11111:)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Mar 2011   #34

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

That is great news, jakedog. Thanks for letting us know.
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