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Driver Concerns in win 7 clean install


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#1 CDB52

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 01:54 PM

I am going to attempt a Win 7 clean install to upgrade from XP. I  am wondering about the fate of the various installed drivers, sound card, internet, etc. Will I have to reinstall these drivers?. Not an issue as I have the discs, just curious. Thanks.



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 02:02 PM

Hi,

 

I am going to attempt a Win 7 clean install to upgrade from XP. I  am wondering about the fate of the various installed drivers, sound card, internet, etc. Will I have to reinstall these drivers?. Not an issue as I have the discs, just curious. Thanks.

 

If you do a Clean Install then is not an upgrade!

 

After installing Windows 7 you have to install all the missing drivers not included on Windows 7, unless the discs you have are for recent devices most likely they will not work on Windows 7 and you have to download updated versions from the manufacture website.

 

Did you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor? https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:10 PM

It's a mess.  You will have to reinstall EVERYTHING.  Main thing to do, if I were you, is to get the network adapters downloaded from the manufacturer's website as a "standalone" installer, so that, if the Win7 default network adapter does not work, you can manually run the downloaded drive, get internet access and be able to download the rest from Windows Update, or the manufacturer if WU does not have them.



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 05:02 PM

If the system came with XP and you have a drivers disk that came with system/motherboard when XP was installed...IMO, it's highly unliikely that drivers for Win 7 would be on that disk.  That much foresight is not common.

 

That means, IMO, that you should first check the website of either the system manufacturer or the motherboard manufacturer...to see if they have Win 7 drivers for that system/motherboard.  If so, download such and keep them handy for the time you install Win 7.

 

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