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.
     
  6. naushikaa

    naushikaa Newbie

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    Hi and thanks to @TitaniumO for the write-up!! I had BSOD regarding nvlddmkm.sys after uninstalling bloatware on a new Aero 15 and thought this would be the quickest and easiest solution. So far so good. Windows up and running, now for updating drivers....

    I noticed you left out the Audio driver from your recommendation list. Was that intentional?

    Also, I'm no techie: does it make a difference if I run the setup application in the driver download folder, or if I go to device manager and hit the update driver button?

    (I've tagged TitaniumO, but of course if anyone's got an answer, please feel free! Thanks.)
    Hope everyone's having a great Easter break if you get one.
     
  7. naushikaa

    naushikaa Newbie

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    So me again, I got down the list of drivers, (skipped audio one for now) in order of the list down to Thunderbolt, and CRASH! Happened again. BSOD referencing PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and Nvlddmkm.sys

    On a fresh Windows 10 install! Anyone have a suggestion for me?
     
  8. HussainQ

    HussainQ Notebook Evangelist

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    Install the VGA Drivers before thunderbolt.
     
  9. g85222456

    g85222456 Company Representative

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    My suggestion is that do install Smart Update, Smart Manager, GIGABYTE Fusion:
    1. Smart Update - to get your calibrated .icc profile back
    2. Smart Manager - to have more fan policy
    3. GIGABYTE Fusion - it's the only software to control the backlit of keyboard
     
  10. Robertjan88

    Robertjan88 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hopefully this topic is still active :)

    I am currently looking into buying the new Aero 14 with the 8750H processor.

    As I am planning to install Windows 10 Pro, I will first completely wipe all software, data and partitions before doing a clean installation.

    Just to make sure everything goes well and I do not lose the excellent color calibration;
    is there a specific order I need to follow to install the official drivers after my clean installation and, if I reinstall "Smart Manager" and "Smart Update", will it automatically recover the perfect color calibration this laptop is known for?
    The calibration, in combination with the processor and size, is by far the main reason I am looking at this laptop.

    I also noticed 2 VGA drivers on the official support page (4 in total, but the other 2 seem to be older versions, https://www.gigabyte.com/Laptop/AERO-14--i7-8750H#support-dl-driver-vga )


    NVIDIA GeForce Driver For AORUS GTX series Gaming Box
    Intel UHD Graphic For Windows 10 1803 compatibility require

    Could someone tell me if I will need to install both and what the first driver is for? Shouldn't I install the latest Nvidia driver from the official website like I always do with my Desktop? Or will this ruin certain settings incl. the color profile?

    Thanks a million in advance for any input!

    @g85222456
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
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