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Gigabyte Aero 15 - Windows 10 Setup and Tweeks Guide

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  1. TitaniumO

    TitaniumO Newbie

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    So I recently got my Aero 15, and I'm going to be honest the out of the box experience was pretty average. Within the first 3 hours I encountered 3 BSOD's from what looked like driver errors and after some research this appeared to be pretty common. I also really disliked the touch pad, the accuracy and lack of windows 10 gesture support was a big down side.


    Which brings me to this post, I thought I would share this setup guide with new and old owners of the Aero 15. In hopes that you can go from that average out of the box laptop to a solid gaming and workstation laptop.


    (Note: This guide is catered for all, and has some pretty standard advice.)


    1. Reimage
    As the title suggests the best thing you can do with you new Aero 15 or pretty much any windows laptop is reinstall the OS. This will remove all of the bloatware that the laptop comes with, along with the rest of your data. SO BACKUP ANYTHING YOU HOLD DEAR! (Note: Your Windows 10 License Key is registered to you machines hardware, so once Windows 10 is installed it will activate automatically)

    What you will need:
    - USB Drive or DVD (At least 8GB)


    1.1 Download the official Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10

    1.2 Once you have created a bootable device, you will need to reboot the device while spamming F9 to enter the BIOS from there you will need to disable "Secure Boot" from the "Security" tab

    1.3 Reboot and install Windows 10 (Guide for complete re-installation process: https://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/)​

    2. Driver and Software Installation:
    The generic drives windows will install for you a mostly trash, so I would suggest downloading the latest drivers from Gigabytes website: http://www.gigabyte.us/Laptop/AERO-15#support-dl

    To have the best experience you will want to download the following drivers:
    • Bluetooth
    • Card Reader
    • Chipset
    • LAN
    • Thunderbolt
    • TouchPad (More on the touchpad in the next section.
    • USB 3.0
    • Utility (Some of the utilities are bloatware IMO, so you can ignore some of them)
      • Smart Manager
      • Smart Update
      • Gigabyte Fusion
      • Airplane
    • VGA
    • WLAN
    You can update the BIOS is you would like however I don’t feel it necessary.

    (Note: Lan Optimizer is garbage, I would highly recommend not installing it. https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/2dn56v/do_you_have_a_gigabyte_motherboard/)​


    3. Touchpad with windows Precision drivers
    Credit to Dave Lee for this tip:

    This will greatly improve the precision of the trackpad along with adding gestures.

    3.1 Figure out which type of trackpad you have in Device Manager
    3.2 Download this driver: https://support.lenovo.com/au/en/downloads/ds120858
    3.3 Run the downloaded file to extract the contents to - C:/Drivers
    3.4 In Device Manager - Right click Elan Touchpad
    3.5 Click on Update Driver - Browse my computer - Let me pick - Have Disk
    3.6 Choose ETD.inf
    3.7 Reboot​

    That should be it you should be ready to rock with you shiny new laptop.

    Let me know if you have questions, additions or corrections.
     
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  2. EORUCIGN

    EORUCIGN Notebook Consultant

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    I will definitely try ur method. Thank you!
     
  3. ravedien

    ravedien Newbie

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    Hi guys did you remove the pre-installed recovery media partition? Or back it up?
     
  4. EORUCIGN

    EORUCIGN Notebook Consultant

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    I just simply clean install the windows 10 - even removed recovery partition as well. I really don't care about the recovery partition for Aero 15W, since it includes so many bloatware.
     
  5. TitaniumO

    TitaniumO Newbie

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    Yer I agree there isn't really any need for the default recovery partition I believe that windows will create its own one too.
     
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