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Installing Chipset, Video Card, Audio, Network Drivers after Reformat?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by vestibule1443, Oct 17, 2009.

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  1. vestibule1443

    vestibule1443 Notebook Evangelist

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    i know this is standard procedure for reformatting as long as I've done so, but i remember hearing windows 7 automates much of this.

    What will windows 7 handle on it's own and what will i need to do/install after completing the windows installation?
     
  2. Szadzik

    Szadzik Notebook Evangelist

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    There is no answer to your question as it all depends on your hardware for which Windows 7 may or may not have drivers.

    What I do is simply check device manager and if there is anything that is missing drivers I install them manually.
     
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    vestibule1443 Notebook Evangelist

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    ok so i dont believe it installed chipset drivers. i can install the ones from a disk designed for vista, but would this driver designed for windows 7 here be better? It says INF update utility, would that be chipset driver in english?

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18053&ProdId=816&lang=eng


    if i install older drivers for the chipset, sound card, etc. will it then at least recognize the device and allow me to update it through the device manager?
     
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    This is what happened with my audio driver. After installing it, Windows Update installed an updated one.
     
  5. d1rtdevil

    d1rtdevil Notebook Geek

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    for me chipset was installed by windows as well as the wifi driver. i only had to install the card reader and audio. thats all.

    i think windows now come with preloaded microsft drivers that should for the most part, make it more user friendly
     
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    the only things that windows (xp, vista, 7) can do on it's own are the things it knows about. If your drivers are in the windows driver library (on the dvd) the drivers will get installed.

    However.......

    Since the RTM was frozen many weeks ago and most manufacturers have only released their 'for real' Win7 drivers in the past days or so, you can bet the on-disk driver library is already obsolete.

    The upside is that a lot of nbewer drivers will show up on MU. You should also go to the hardware makers web sites and grab the latest/greatest as well.
     
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