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Fresh windows install, drivers & restarting question

steven88 5,465 2,020 July 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM
For those who fresh install windows often. When you first boot into windows for the first time, do you install all your drivers then restart? Or do you install one driver and restart, then install another and restart, etc...?

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For those who fresh install windows often. When you first boot into windows for the first time, do you install all your drivers then restart? Or do you install one driver and restart, then install another and restart, etc...?
I do multiple restarts. At most, 2 at a time, of things that are completely separate. Like ethernet and graphics.
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This is generally what I do (with restarts in between each step):

1. Install Windows and let it start up and find generic drivers for everything.

2. Fully update Windows itself with Microsoft Update.

3. Install the most up to date drivers (from the manufacturer's website) one by one.

Usually I restart in between each driver installation just to be safe (even if the install doesn't require a restart). If you're running short on time you could try installing some of them in bunches, but I would recommend always installing important drivers (i.e. graphics card) individually.
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I do multiple restarts. At most, 2 at a time, of things that are completely separate. Like ethernet and graphics.
is there a certain rule that you should follow?

I usually start off with motherboard chipset drivers...I'm not even sure if these are needed, but I just install them anyway because "everything" is connected to the motherboard...then I'll go graphics, sound, ethernet, mouse, etc etc....
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Generally after each of these it nags you to reboot.

Update chipset driver and reboot.

Video driver and reboot.

Audio, reboot.

Ethernet, reboot.

Fix any 'exclamation' marks in Device Manager and reboot.

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I totally ignore the reboot notices because installing multiple drivers/updates/software at the same time never caused any problem for me until recently some of them started to block further installation until I reboot the computer.

I always think it's stupid to reboot the computer in order to use a new device, it's even stupider to block other software installation unless restarting the whole thing.

Some users never shutdown their computers. They always put them into sleep and ignore the reboot notice from the updates pushed from the server. That's not very nice either.
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I install all drivers in one go, unless something breaks while doing that. In 4-5 years and countless machines I can hardly remember any problems doing so.
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lol, which one should I believe?
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lol, which one should I believe?
This is good advice, IMHO.
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This is generally what I do (with restarts in between each step):

1. Install Windows and let it start up and find generic drivers for everything.

2. Fully update Windows itself with Microsoft Update.

3. Install the most up to date drivers (from the manufacturer's website) one by one.

Usually I restart in between each driver installation just to be safe (even if the install doesn't require a restart). If you're running short on time you could try installing some of them in bunches, but I would recommend always installing important drivers (i.e. graphics card) individually.
If you want to remove any risk of breaking your new install, image it. I like Macrium Reflect Free [cnet.com].
Make sure you create a rescue disc. Worst case scenario, boot from the disc and restore from your most recent backup.
I usually image after the inital install, after Windows updates are complete, and after all other housekeeping like installing drivers, importing data, installing apps.
Once I'm satisfied with the install I trash all the images except the last one and hang onto it as a backup.
I also have Macrium set to run once a week. It makes a full backup, so periodically I have to clean out the old ones if the drive is getting full.
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lol, which one should I believe?
install all at once, then restart. Or if you have Windows 7 it already comes with most of the drivers you already need (for video, audio, etc).
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lol, which one should I believe?
Speaking as a software developer and someone who regularly reinstalls Windows for testing purposes, you can install all of your drivers in one go with absolutely no concern.

1. Install Windows.
2. Install all drivers, then reboot.
3. Install all Windows Updates, rebooting and continuing to run WU until no updates are offered.
4. Install AV and regular software.
5. Restore data.

That's it. People seem to have this odd idea about current versions of Windows that rebooting is some sort of voodoo that you have to do to make everything work. In reality, people reboot much more often than necessary.
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Speaking as a software developer and someone who regularly reinstalls Windows for testing purposes, you can install all of your drivers in one go with absolutely no concern.

1. Install Windows.
2. Install all drivers, then reboot.
3. Install all Windows Updates, rebooting and continuing to run WU until no updates are offered.
4. Install AV and regular software.
5. Restore data.

That's it. People seem to have this odd idea about current versions of Windows that rebooting is some sort of voodoo that you have to do to make everything work. In reality, people reboot much more often than necessary.
wow, this is the answer i was looking for...thanks!

just one more question though, in step 2, i can install ALL drivers with no worries about restarting each time? even crucial drivers such as video card and sound card?
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I still reboot after installing the chipset/motherboard drivers and I do that first with no network connection. Just seems to me that you need that installed and the reboot gets it really installed and working. After that, the reboots may be optional as redmax says. --- But note on that == I download and save the latest motherboard drivers to a good, working computer from the manufacturer site and either then copy them to a USB stick or burn them to a CD, along with the other drivers for the machine. I NEVER rely on Windows Update or an MS site for drivers for my machines. I get everything from a manufacturer site of all devices and load them all from my USB stick or burned CD.
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just one more question though, in step 2, i can install ALL drivers with no worries about restarting each time? even crucial drivers such as video card and sound card?
Yes, definitely. My company's standard image (which works with dozens of models of computers) installs Windows and then in one pass installs all drivers and reboots.
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Yes, definitely. My company's standard image (which works with dozens of models of computers) installs Windows and then in one pass installs all drivers and reboots.
nice...thanks again!

The next time I go for a fresh install of windows...I will remember what you said....I regularly install windows on my rig, and a few others....on my rig, I probably do it once every few months? That might be on the OCD side of things...but hey, it feels preppier after doing a fresh install, and it gives me satisfaction! Haha
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