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Windows 8.1 Clean Install. Which Drivers Needed?

Q: Windows 8.1 Clean Install. Which Drivers Needed?

Hello there, I recently did a clean install of Windows 8.1 on my Lenovo G50-45 and I'm wondering which drivers I need to install and how I can access them? When viewing my Device Manager, the 4 yellow exclamation errors I'm seeing are for the following:1. Network Controller2. PCI Encryption/Decryption Controller3. Unknown device4. USB2.0-CRW Since it was a clean install, I'm wondering if there are drivers I may need in addition to the ones shown in the Device Manager. For example, when I push the brightening/dimming function on the keyboard, nothing happens. The volume function works, but I have no tried playing music or listening to anything to test it. I tried searching for the drivers on the Lenovo site, but may have the incorrect Serial number, as no results come up. I purchased the laptop from a previous user, so they may have attached the incorrect Serial number. Any help would be appreciated so I can set up my laptop. Thank you!Keith

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Preferred Solution: Windows 8.1 Clean Install. Which Drivers Needed?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


I've searched HP's support site, but I don't see any drivers for any OS available for my model, the Pavilion g6-1d21dx. I did a clean install of Windows 10, but the Wi-Fi button doesn't work. Apparently there is a driver called HP Wireless Button Driver that I need to install. When I do a Google search for it, there is a link to an HP download page, but the link appears to be dead. Is HP not allowing us to download drivers anymore? This is frustrating, because getting drivers should be simple and easy. Can someone please tell me where I can get this and any other drivers I might need after doing a clean install of Windows 10? Thank you.

A:Drivers needed after Windows 10 clean install on Pavilion g6...

Hi, No, it is still alive:          http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=ob_123643_1 Regards.

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Hi everyone,

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium from scratch on a 2010(2009?) HP p6500z desktop (64-bit) for a friend who says the computer might have a virus. I've already did this before, but never for somebody else, only for myself, so I want to make sure I have all the right information before proceeding.

If I'm correct, one is supposed to install drivers in the following order:
1) Install the OS
2) Install Service Pack 1(if not included in install disc)
3) Install chipset/motherboard driver
4) Install sound
5) Install network interface card or nic
6) Install video driver
7) Install all Windows updates
Feel free to correct the order if you think I'm wrong.

The processor is an AMD Sempron 140 Processor 2.70 GHz.

The only thing is I can't find the chipset/motherboard driver listed on HP's website:

Also keep in mind that this was a CTO deskop, which stands for configure to order, where you can choose the networking, sound, etc..., so I'm not sure which drivers to install.

Would anybody be so kind as to provide a list of links of drivers, in the order they need to be installed?

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Hey guys,

I've recently inherited a Dell Inspiron (N7110) laptop with Windows 7 Home installed (now Windows 10 after Microsoft decided to trick me into installing its OS) that I would like to revert back to Windows 7 Pro. To do this, I plan on doing a clean install with an OEM Windows 7 Pro disk that I purchased from Dell. I've delt with OEM disks before -- on a Windows XP desktop, for instance -- but never where I've had to physically add the drivers myself, so that's why I'm here. I've had time to check on Dell's website where they have all sorts of drivers available for my laptop, I'm just not sure which ones to install.

Thanks in advance.
List of drivers available for my laptop on Dell's website:

Technical Specs:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4010 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, 1813 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461837 MB, Free - 397708 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YH79Y
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

A:Drivers Needed for a Clean Install of Win 7 on a Dell Inspir

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Hi everyone,
I am SO SO confused by how windows 8 works now without the sticker key on new laptops. I've searched all over the internet and all I can find are dumb articles telling users to use the manufacturers recovery image. I DON'T WANT THAT. I was hoping that someone could please give me detailed and explained instructions on how to do a CLEAN install of Windows 8.
My new windows 8 has NO sticker key on the bottom so my understanding is that it's stored on the bios? Is this correct? So my question is, is if I get an ISO of windows 8 and install it, will it automatically recognize the key or is the key only set up to be recognized by the PC manufacturers crapware filled image? ALSO, if thats the case, can I use a 3rd party product to pull my key and then use that with the clean ISO? Lastly, where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso. I have no desire to download a torrent or from some shady website, I just want an official ISO.
Thank you soo soo much for your help in advance.

A:Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?

Welcome to EightForums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

Originally Posted by Derkuda

where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso.

There are NO official downloads for windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 ISO's for OEM manufacturer's installs.

Take a look at those posts for more info.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

The only legal download:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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I purchased a Toshiba Satellite C50 loaded with windows 8 but want to revert to windows 7.

I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?

Thanks, John

A:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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My HP Pavilion Elite 110F had so many issues that I decided to do a clean install of Windows 7 so I could move forward and only download programs that I need currently.

The clean install went fabulously, however, now I have 135 Important Updates and 57 Optional updates. There are 20+ Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 R2 SP1 for X64 systems updates, 50+ security updates, and 15 or so various other updates Windows 7 updates. These don't include all the other "important" updates.

It seems that I would be back in the same boat with all these various updates for each category as previously my Programs list was full of all kinds of different Microsoft versions of updates that were never removed with the Cleanup Utility. Isn't there a current not-bloating list of updates that I install? How can I locate the cleanest list of most recent updates that will keep my system running?

A:Clean install of Windows 7 - what updates are needed?

I'm not aware of a "non-bloating list of updates" and would be suspicious of any such list I might find.

Your HP had many issues.

Do you have any particular reason to think that Windows Update was the source of any of those issues?

Windows Update isn't perfect, but in my experience it's not a leading suspect on a PC with "issues".

I'd think about doing them in batches, first concentrating on those rated critical and most likely taking all of that class, in batches.

Then move on to those rated important, again in batches. Probably taking them all, in batches.

The optional ones I'd evaluate one by one, accepting any that appeared to apply and possibly rejecting the others. I wouldn't necessarily accept an optional update for something that was working well or that applied to some functionality I never used.

I'd guess your prior issues have other causes unless you have specific reason to believe to the contrary. I don't know what your habits are regarding PC maintenance and don't know if you have any hardware issues.

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I have been having these errors right after the upgrade. Once I did a clean install still having these same errors!
I did sfc scan and says there is no problem at all.

Can you guys kindly take a look and see if you have a solution or any idea what the problem could be?


The User Data Access_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The User Data Storage_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The Contact Data_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The Sync Host_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device USB\VID_138A&PID_003D\0020dc4dd58c.

A:Errors persisting in windows 10 even after clean install. Help needed!

Does it have a fingerprint sensor?

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Hello, I've just installed official windows 10 on my lenovo 730 and cand find any drivers for the touchpad and fingerprint scaner (original driver won't work).Can anybody help me to fiz this problem?

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I have an HP laptop, and it will not boot up.

Have tried safe mode, repair, everything. But no go.

So right now I am reinstalling W7 from the original CDs.

After I get that done, I have the drivers CD. So, my question is what is involved in doing that installation?

A:Clean install of Windows 7 and drivers

Hi Johnneeo. I have an HP driver DVD for my laptop and it is just a matter of popping it into the optical drive and running setup. I usually like to choose the drivers and install them one by one from the DVD. You can run the driver installation automatically, but then you may also get something like MacAfee AV installed as well.

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I just did a clean install of windows 10 on an hp Pavilion dv6000 rg274ua#aba (amd turion 64 x2, 4gb ram) had a complete hard drive failure so installed a new drive. No recovery media avalible. I need drivers for the graphics card and wireless device. The info from the details tap for the graphics card isPCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0244&SUBSYS_30B7103C&REV_A2PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0244&SUBSYS_30B7103CPCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0244&CC_030000PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0244&CC_0300 any help would be greatly appriciated. 

A:doing a clean install of windows 10, need drivers for video ...

Hi: For the graphics, download and run this driver.  You will most likely get an unsupported operating system error. Close out of any error windows. This package contains the NIVDIA VGA display driver for the NVIDIA GeForce Go Graphics in the supported notebook models and operating system. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp35501-36000/sp35686.exe Then go to the device manager, click to expand the display adapters device manager category. Click on the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter. Click on the driver tab.  Click on Update Driver.  Select the Browse my computer for driver software option and browse to the driver folder that was created when you ran the file. That folder will be located in C:\SWSetup\sp35686. Make sure the Include Subfolders box is checked and the driver should install. Then restart the PC. Wireless: There is no W10 driver for the model wlan card your notebook has. The only suggestion I can offer would be to try the W7 driver... This package contains the Broadcom Wireless LAN Drivers that are required to enable the integrated Broadcom Wireless LAN Adapter in supported notebook models that are running a supported operating system. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp49501-50000/sp49541.exe  

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I have downloaded my driver files and burned them to a cd. Now, is there any particular order I need to install them?

A:Installing Drivers after clean install of Windows 7

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums .. You should first run Windows Updates as that should Install most of your Drivers .. Then any that are missing can be got from the Dell Website .. As for order this is what Dell recommends ..

Dell - Windows driver install order for desktops and laptops

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How's it going?
I'm planning on doing a clean install of windows 7 via flash drive on my Inspiron 570. (Using Iso image from Digital River)
I've done the clean install before with no problem but ran into trouble installing internet  and other drivers
I wanted to  know if anyone could tell me the correct way and order to install the drivers, I need to get internet access after clean install
I've downloaded the LAN Driver from here. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&DwnldID=18795
I've also downloaded Modem, Audio, Chipset, Serial ATA, Video drivers from here http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/product/inspiron-570
I've also downloaded the network drivers from the the Dell website but they didn't work for me last time, read up on the here as well. http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19458386.aspx
I'm trying to be as detailed as possible because i'm new to the technical aspect of computers
Also, are there any Windows 7 drivers I will need?

A:DRIVERS HELP. Going to clean Install Windows 7. Inspiron 570

I think the logical way to do this is install in sequence :
Chipset drivers
There is the possibility that Windows might ask for the SATA drivers either before or during the Windows install.
Given that you say that you have had a problem with the network I would get hold of a copy of 'Speccy' from here
A very useful utility which will tell - as well as far more information that you won't need at the time ! - exactly what hardware you have built into your computer. Armed with the knowledge of exactly what LAN and WLAN hardware you have, finding the correct drivers becomes much easier. One other tip - Dells very often come with a barcode on them somewhere. If you type the number off the barcode into Dell's support page you will get taken directly to a page where all your drivers are available.
Chris Cosgrove

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How do I perform a clean re-install of Windows 7 which would completely remove motherboard drivers on the system? This is my very first self-build and I have some system instability as some motherboard drivers failed to install correctly. For example, despite having installed an audio hd driver, the audio GUI kept turning on and off by itself and so I've had to disable it. It's properties in Device Manager says it is not working properly because it has a problem.

My usual way of re-installing Windows 7 is as follows -

Custom (advanced) → Choose drive partition to completely erase (primary) → Drive Options (advanced) → Format → OK → Choose Disk 0 Partition (unallocated space) → Next → Installing Windows.

This method always leaves the motherboard drivers intact and I need to get rid of them and start afresh. My new build specs is -

Motherboard: ASUS B85M-G
Processor: Intel Core i5 4570 3.2GHz (s1150)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 XMP 2 x 4GB


A:Clean re-install of Windows 7 and motherboard drivers

Well; the way I know to do this is first to do a complete format of the drive you want to re install windows on. Doing a format should completely erase any and all drivers so that you can do a complete reinstall of windows. Try giving this a shot and see what happens. Report back if it does not do anything and we can try and go from there. I did notice you said that formatting the drive still leaves the motherboard drivers still in tact. however, when you format; make sure you do not just a minimal format but a complete format.

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Hey guys, im new to these forums, so i dont know if im posting this in the right section, but anyways i want to do a clean install of my windows 7 home premium 64bit, i have a dell inspiron laptop, not sure what model number, but i think its a N117, or something like that, anyways i just got it like a couple of months ago of this year

So my question is could i install the drivers from windows update? i do have the driver disc that came with it, but its very confusing and not very straightforward, i had to select each and every drive but i dont know which one is the right one, i wish it was how it was with mac bootcamp how you just pop in you mac installation disc and click next and begin to install, by the way i did this twice now and it feels like my computer is slower than when i first got it, and it could be the dell drivers

So is there anyway to do this, i know you have to have internet for windows update to work but is there anyway other to do this?

Also i know that some computers already have the drivers install when you reformat and do a clean install, im pretty sure im doing the install correctly, i always go to custom advanced and reformat, unless that not correct then please correct me if im wrong

A:installing drivers after clean install of windows 7


To have Windows install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Click on the URL mentioned for reference: </SPAN>http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Turn-automatic-updating-on-or-off

I would suggest you to install the drivers from the driver disc or you can even go to the URL mentioned for driver’s installation: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriversHome/NeedProductSelection

For windows 7 installation, you can refer to the URL which will guide you with the snapshots:

Back up your files before you begin reinstalling Windows 7 if possible, even if you're reinstalling Windows 7 on a hard disk partition, and you have personal files on a separate partition. For example, if you have encrypted files, you might not be able to access them after reinstalling Windows. A custom installation replaces the current version of Windows 7and all personal files.

Hope this helps.

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I had to do a clean install of windows 8.1 in order fix a corrupted system.  However inspection of the hardware manager showed several component that are not functioning properly, those with yellow exclamation points. Windows can't find them when I try to update the drivers. The HP support assistant finds all drivers up todate. Does anyone know how I can locate them?   

A:missing drivers after clean install of windows 8.1

Hi, Please try Intel Management Engine Interface Driver         ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp68001-68500/sp68479.exe or older        http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp63501-64000/sp63889.exe Regards.   

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I have an older model Pavilion laptop that was working just fine until I had problems with windows 10 anniversary update and had to do a clean install back to windows 7 after replacing the hard drive.  I need all the drivers, but can't locate on HP website as it does not recognize my laptop model number.  Can someone give me a hand.  Thanks

A:Help finding drivers after windows 7 clean install

@SigInt? Are you sure it isn't a DV5??? Look here. http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-dv5-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/374... REO

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I brought an old computer home (Dell Dimension 9150) from work for my 11 year-old son. I did a clean install of Windows XP, but now I have no drivers and no ability to connect to the internet to download them. I am not sure what to do at this point. I went to the Dell website and tried to download the drivers onto a CD, but even that isn't working. I'm sure there must be a way to at least get my internet back so I can download the drivers, but I cannot figure it out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

A:Clean install of windows xp resulted in no drivers

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Hi I have just replaced Windows Vista with Windows XP Pro on the following computer:-Acer Aspire M1100Now I am stuck at the 'drivers' stage, and would greatly appreciate some help. Note that I am fairly novice in the field of computer hardware, drivers, BIOS and the like.Here is where I am at: XP is now successfully installed on the computer. First thing I notice is the desktop screen is stretched even on what looks like the 'correct' resolution [1280 x 1024 on 19" wide monitor] - but of course no graphics drivers are yet installed on the new OS.The graphics hardware inside the computer is: ATI Radeon X1250 - I understand this is 'integrated graphics'?. After hours of searching [including ATI website drivers page], it seems there is no specific driver for this graphics card and Windows XP. However I did find this 'ATI Catalyst 8.2 Display Driver for Windows Vista (32 bit)' which mentions XP in its spec:-http://www.softwaredriverdownload.com/ati_...sta_driver.htmlAfter attempting to install however, there were installation failure messages [I forget exactly, something about 'install manager' failing I think]. After going past the few error messages and allowing 'installation' to continue, it seemed at the end that nothing had been installed at all.But before I deal with the graphics card/drivers, I learned from some Googling that the first drivers I should be concerned with is for Motherboard. I've had a look in Device M... Read more

A:Windows XP new install - drivers help needed

OK, I've had to go ahead and try to get this computer working.

From the drivers mentioned above I obtained from the Acer website, I have done the following:-

- Attempted install of the Acer VGA driver. This is also described as a 'catalyst display driver'. Installation successful. However, on rebooting machine, nothing has changed graphically - looking in Device Manager, there is no entry for 'Display Adapters', and running DXDIAG says in Display/Device that there is none available. BUT... I don't quite understand if my ATI Radeon X1250 would register as an 'external device/graphics adapter', since I believe it is an 'integrated graphics card'?

- Attempted install of the Acer Realtek HD sound driver. Success - the computer now has sound, so that is at least one thing out of the way

What I am still in the dark about, is the state of the computer's graphics - I do not know if they are running 'correctly' or if another driver needs to be installed to unlock the X1250 [or is it now running, but it doesn't show up in Device Manager because of its 'integrated' status'?].

Tomorrow I will be able to hook it up to the web, providing there are no problems installing the modem driver! Once on the web I guess I can surf and see how the graphics fare compared with when it used to run on Vista.

Would still like some clarification on the motherboard and BIOS. Is it likely I need to install a driver for my motherbo... Read more

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I went to my motherboard manufacturer's website and downloaded all of the drivers on my laptop:
I transferred them to my desktop and installed them on my desktop, but I still don't have internet connection. It keeps telling me to "install a driver for your network adapter" and "windows could not find a driver for your network adapter." I am not sure how to solve this, anyone have the solution?

A:Windows 7 clean install after SSD failure, missing a lot of drivers

Is there a Network adapter in Device Manager with a yellow exclamation mark? Right click and select Properties. Under the Details tab select hardware Ids in the dropdown box. Copy and Paste the first line into your next post.
Are you connecting via Wifi or Ethernet?
Edit: Is Windows 7 at SP1?

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Hello, I plan to buy a used genuine copy of Windows 7 with the product key.

I thing is, I read this article about how I won't be able to go online with my modem after a new install:

The myth of driver backups | PCWorld
Basically when I do a fresh install of Windows 7, I will not be able to connect online to update my drivers for my ethernet & display & Windows will not recognize the drivers from a USB stick without an installer either!?

I will have to manually download them from the manufacturers site, but my PC is used & had a lot of off shelf upgrades, it isn't a HP/Dell/Acer PC to just get the driver installer from their website.

How would I know what to download & where?

A:Windows 7 won't go online & won't download drivers after clean install

Yes, just download the drivers installer before reformatting and you'll be able to install those.

This tutorial helps in determining your exact hardware: Speccy - Advanced System Information Tool

Look at the model of the network card, motherboard, chipset, video card, wifi adapter, or any other thing you might have. Then with the manufacturers/models, just google those and download them from each individual website.

The HP/Dell/Ace/whatever brand is just a commercial name. They only take ready parts from the hardware manufacturers, assemble it, infect with crapware and relabel it before selling, but that's all. The drivers themselves will never come from them, directly.

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Just bought a new Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV with windows 10 pre-installed. I am planning on doing a clean install this weekend, but I'm not completely clear which drivers to download to complete the reinstall.

It has a 128GB SSD, so I know I need this driver. There is a newer and older version - does it matter which I use?

For the wifi drivers here (under network), there are two wifi options. How do I determine which driver is the right one? Also, for all the other drivers, do these need to be downloaded or will Windows 10 automatically download all of those again after the install?

Lastly, out of the drivers listed on Dell's driver reinstall guide, which are actually necessary?

Apologies for the noob questions. Thanks!

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         I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate on my Gateway ID43A04c laptop and can't find anywhere that allows me to get the network adapter drivers. I have a copy of all of the drivers on my main desktop but when put them in my Drivers and Driver Store folders  have to re-install Windows again. I have the Adapter ID if you can help me find the drivers and would like any and all help finding the correct drivers. 

A:Windows 7 Clean Install Can't Find Network Drivers

In Device Manager right click the Network Adapter. It should have an exclamation mark next to it. Select Properties. Under the Details tab select Hardware ID's in the drop-down box. Paste the results in your next post.

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Hi All,
I've run out of space on an old small SSD, and have decided a clean start is probably the best way to go in setting up Windows 7 64 bit on my shiny new bigger SSD.

I plugged in the new drive, successfully installed Windows 7, and can boot to it. Great start!

Thing is though, it's installed with a bunch of generic drivers for things like the display, (which came up in 800x600! No option for the HD I know it is capable of...), and in the case of the network card, nothing at all. Which is making it rather difficult to get the right drivers, as I can't get online from the new install!

I'm sure there are other drivers too, for things like the sound card for example.

Is there a relatively easy way to get drivers for all my hardware in? I can still get at the drives with the old install on, if that helps. And I must admit I'm a bit surprised the network connection is not working as there's nothing fancy about the network card I am aware of.

At the most basic, advice on the best way to get online fast would be a big help, but if there is a good way to get the other drivers fast, that would be seriously useful!

Thanks in advance,

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I'm having some issue with my computer, and to solve that I'm trying to install Windows 7 again. I've yet NOT managed to do that ever on this computer, which is about 1 year old. There's no multiboot or whatever, BUT, there is a RAID controller active, and RAID is actually enabled. Actually, now that I threw away all content, I can easily switch RAID to non-RAID, but that doesn't seem to help THIS problem:

I have a LEGAL copy of Windows7, which SHOULD be the Windows I had running. I never installed Windows initially since the shop did that for me.

OK, when I try to install Windows, at some point it says the device drivers are not present, and thus Windows cannot install. It keeps looping into the same error, if I boot from DVD.

I DID use my DVD drive on Windows when I was able to use my computer, I never had any issue with that. I don't understand what driver I need, when I am installing from DVD.

Either he totally cannot read the DVD, but how do I end up in Windows screen then ? Obviously, Windows want to start installation, but then fails over something. Maybe the disk is not valid (it is new though).

Any advice here ?

I disabled RAID for the moment, but that does not help anything. Before the re-installation, this setup (BIOS Intel Raid storage) did report an issue with 1 of both disks, but that error is gone now.

It's not clear if Windows is an issue here, but a clean system reacting this way, obviously something is wrong.

A:Windows install : device drivers needed

SATA setting have been changed from RAID to ...?

Boot from win7 install DVD and do shift+f10 . See Command Prompt at Startup

In command prompt do:

list disk
Do you see both disks (that were RAID)? Look at the disk size , so you know what is what. Assume it's disk 7 and 8 (replace with actual disk numbers!)

select disk 7
select disk 8
What happens?

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I am repairing a friends Pavilion dv6 laptop were the Toshiba hard drive had completely failed - even the Recovery partition was unreadable. I have installed a new WD Black hard drive and loaded Windows 7 Home Premium using my own OEM disc and the Product Key provided with the laptop. Activation was successful. My problem is that generic  Drivers have been loaded for all the major hardware such as display, sound system, graphics etc and I want to "upgrade" to the specific manufacturer's drivers. I have looked up Pavilion dv6-3139tx on the HP drivers download but as I am unsure of exactly the hardware I have installed it is difficult to know which driver may be suitable and in the instance of the graphics where I downloaded the specified Intel HD Graphics driver I got an error message when loading saying that "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software". If I run the Intel Driver Update Utility it reports that "No drivers were detected for your product" My question is how can I identify the precise hardware present in this laptop so that I can then find and install the correct driver? The Product number of this laptop is XV832PA#ABG and the Serial number is CNF0398HQL Any help on finding the correct drivers would be appreciated Thanks

A:Windows 7 Clean Install - Can't find correct drivers or iden...

@coylum? These are your drivers. http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-dv6-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/424... What you need to do is find the hardware ID's do a Google search with the ID then install the appropriate driver. http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Hardware-ID REO  

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Prior to reformatting, I scanned the laptop with several tools and it picked up some malwares, most of them were adwares that Superantispyware detected. Thus, I performed a low level format using diskpart command "clean all" with a system recovery cd provided by a manufacturer from another laptop brand and as soon as Windows 7 was finished installing, I noticed both the wireless and LAN network drivers were already preinstalled. Is this normal or am I still infected? I've never had drivers preinstalled after performing a low level format until now.
I also read that the bios or other parts could be infected but the probability of that happening is very slim.
Please help.

A:Network drivers preinstalled after clean Windows 7 install, am I infected?

PS: I forgot to mention the magnifying glass logo that replaced the bing search add ons in Internet Explorer browser. Whenever it is highlighted, a resemblance of a smiley face appears. I snipped the tools but I can seem to post the images here. If anyone knows a safe site to upload images please let me know so I can upload it.

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Can someone explain how I should install all drivers relevant to the X230T laptop during a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64?  I am installing using USB stick with Rufus boot format. However, not sure if the drivers should be gathered and collected prior to the install or should I just navigate to Lenovo update driver page when new install is complete? Not even sure if I can navigate to this page when installation has completed, so reason for asking since never done before. thanks

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I've put Legacy boot in BIOS, AHCI for SATA and tried installing Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) from DVD, it starts but gives this message before being able to partition the SSD (Liteon CV3-DE256).
Did I messed up BIOS settings, or it really needs drivers? Where to get them? Thanks!

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A:Ideapad 100-15IBD SSD drivers needed to install Windows 10 x64

Hello and welcome,
That message usually means missing USB 3.0 drivers, but I wouldn't expect that from Win 10.
Have you tried running the install in UEFI mode - if that's possibe?

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M58 Desktop (ThinkCentre)SN: MJEXBRPModel:7244A39I performed a clean install of Windows 10 x64 on this older machine, was unable to locate 2 device drivers:PCI Serial Port:-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E17&SUBSYS_304717AA&REV_03-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E17&SUBSYS_304717AA-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E17&CC_070002-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E17&CC_0700PCI Simple Communications Controller-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E14&SUBSYS_304717AA&REV_03-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E14&SUBSYS_304717AA-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E14&CC_078000-PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E14&CC_0780Windows updates cannot find the driver, unable to locate it using the ven and dev IDs, and last but not least I have also tried using Lenovo Service Bridge to no avail. If someone- anyone can help me locate the proper drivers to work on this machine running Windows 10 that would be great.

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I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 531 at a garage sale. It came with a version of Vista that was cluttered up, full of viruses and in general full of problems. I don't like Vista anyway (I generally run Kubuntu or Mint for most of my computing), and I have a generic MS Windows XP sp2 install pack laying around. After installing XP, I loaded my linux OS's as usual, with no problems. The problem is with the XP install. It appears that Dell, in it's wisdom, made the Inspiron 531 specifically for Vista and the standard drivers available on Dell's site don't function well with XP (can't connect with the Web, graphics "roll-over" with the bottom showing at the top of the screen, and generally don't work well with the onboard graphics card 'Nvidia GeForce 6150'). Does anyone know a scource for drivers that will 'work-around' this issue? I know that the order the drivers are installed is important, so I wiped the drive and made a fresh install of Windows with no changes. The system setup is: Dell Inspiron 531 with AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ running at 2.0 Ghz with 4Gbs memory. I am set up for triple boot on two HDDs running Kubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint Maya on one 260gb Hd and Windows XP Home edition Sp2 on a 40Gb Hd. I've searched this site and seen mention of a couple of users with XP running on this model, but no mention of the preferred drivers. Dell has been no help, as this is a discontinued model. Thanks ... Read more

A:Drivers Needed for Dell Inspiron 531 running Windows XP new install

Hello and There seems to be drivers available for an Inspiron 531 desktop for XP HERE Just choose the operating system by hitting the down arrow.

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After my HP G42-415DX crashed, MS local office HAD TO do a clean Windows 10  (Home) install. Though I'm up and running, but my display is shorty and problems with audio drivers. Any help please?

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hi i have a custom build PC (Build by a technician) And i want to do now a clean install, i know that to get the drivers i need to download them from the motherboard site, as i install it while not connected to the internet, i want to download them beforehand, and not use windows update.
1. but what i want to know is, as i have an INTEL chipset maybe i should download from Intel the chipset drivers, (i guess that they are more updated then the motherboard site)
2. as i have a separate GPU from the build in one should i install the build in motherboard graphics driver? or not?
Thanks in advance
my PC spec are as fallowed

Intel Core i5 4430 @ 3.00GHz
Haswell 22nm Technology

8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3

Gigabyte P85-D3 (rev. 1.x) (SOCKET 0)

Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Gigabyte)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (Gigabyte)

111GB Crucial_ CT120M500SSD1 SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
931GB Western Digital (SATA)

Doesn't really matter

NVIDIA High Definition Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Intel Display Audio

A:Doing clean install, some help needed

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

i know that to get the drivers i need to download them from the motherboard site

That is what I do beforehand, then save them on a stick so you can easily access them later after the initial OS installation.

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

...and not use windows update.

After doing the initial OS installation, install the OEM drivers and then just watch closely during Windows updates so you can decide then about whether or not to accept driver updates. For the most part, however, driver updates from Microsoft have seldom been a problem for me.

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

as i have an INTEL chipset maybe i should download from Intel the chipset drivers, (i guess that they are more updated then the motherboard site)

Intel has a driver-check utility at its site where you can check your system after the OS installation...but Intel typically says its drivers are generic in nature and that you should likely use the OEM drivers provided my your MoBo manufacturer.

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

2. as i have a separate GPU from the build in one should i install the build in motherboard graphics driver? or not?

I would, and I do that because I often connect a separate monit... Read more

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Hi everyone,

So i was running Windows 7 Pro 64bit and a couple weeks ago i ungraded to Windows 8 pro 64bit.
However my computer has started crashing and now i want to do a clean install of Windows 8 on a new hard drive.
Is this possible? and how do i go about making an ISO image file as i cant find any options in my email apart from to order a new cd at an extra charge. I already have my product key but am i looking in the wrong place for the ISO image of windows 8 pro ?

Many thanks


A:Clean Install (Help needed)

Hello Sam, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Toward the top right of your email from Microsoft, you should have a link like below to click on to download the Windows8-Setup.exe file that will let you download another ISO again.
Afterwards, the tutorial below can help show you how to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive with the ISO.
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
You can then use the bootable DVD/USB to do a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 8. You would enter your same product key number.
Clean Install - Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Hi everyone,
I am in need of help to cure a problem that I have brought on myself, but am not knowledgeable enough to sort out.

Here's my problem:

Back a few years ago I bought a new Dell Inspiron 531. Had Vista on it. And I hated it so much that I never used Vista.
I installed a second SATA hard drive on it and installed XP, which I really understand.Then the meomry battery in the computer failed without my knowledge. I had been able to boot to either system before the batt failure. But no longer.

Next I installed Win 7 over Vista, or so I thought. Didn't happen as planned. It installed 7 over XP.Now I have Win7 that will not run without locking up all the time on one hard drive, and Vista on the other. I want to rid myself of BOTH systems and
start a clean slate.

I want to totally Clean both Hard Drives and then install XP Pro on one of the HD's and put the computer
back into service, using the second drive for back up.
I understand how to set up the bios to look for a disc first. But I don't have a clue as to how to completely clean
both HD's to complete a "clean" install.

I have an install disc for XP pro with key. But I need instructions of how to totally clean the two HD's before I install XP on one of them.
Bottom line --- I want to get this computer set up to use with XP Pro only. The computer is virtually new with less that 25 hrs run time on it.

I would really appreciate knowing how to accomplish this while avoiding as ... Read more

A:Clean install for XP help needed

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Hi There

When I bought my PC (about 3 years ago) Windows XP was pre-installed. There's a Windows XP licence number on a sticker attached to the case and I have a Windows XP 'recovery cd' that came with the PC.

My system is really slowing down and I'd like to perform a clean install i.e. format hard drive and install everything from scratch, but I don't think I can do this without a Windows XP cd. Is that correct? I've tried the recovery cd but it doesn't give me any re-installation options.

If I do need a windows xp cd do I just need the media or would I also need a licence?

Thanks, MM

A:Clean install needed but no XP cd

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Hi all,

I'm working on a re-install of all components following a complete corruption of the boot sector on my drive which could not be fixed with repairs. The last time I installed everything fresh, I had no issues. Between then and now, there have been no hardware changes on my system, but now I am having issues installing the IDT Codecs.

I keep getting an error along the following lines:

ExitError: Error=Device Object not present, restart the system and run setup again.

Running under compatibility mode, and running drivers from both the motherboard CD and the manufacturer website both have the same effect. The CD, when booted, says "This OS not support!" and only contains 32-bit vista codecs. ECS' website download indicates the IDT drivers as being compatible with Win7. Both do not work. It is almost as if the hardware "disappeared," despite the fact that I was using the drivers quite successfully till just 2 days ago, when the boot sector went kaput.

Windows has installed its own default set, which do nothing to power the 8mm jacks which I use with my speakers, but instead put sound through the HDMI, which is useless because I use a dedicated graphics card. I have tried uninstalling this codec and re-installing IDT, to no effect. Windows replaces with its own default codec.

I have referenced this thread here, but offered solutions do not seem to work for me: Intel IDT Audio Driver will not install

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A:IDT Audio Drivers Won't Install - Win7x64, clean install

Do you actually have the newer IDT audio chip or an older SigmaTel audio chip. In most cases the newer IDT drivers will not work with the older SigmaTel chips.

If the drivers are Vista compatible and the correct IDT or Sigmatel (32 and/or 64) they should work in Win 7.

When you reinstalled did you install any motherboard chipset drivers? Generally, on a reinstall if the chipset drivers are not installed then some device drivers and especially sound drivers will not install.

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I have a new, clean install of win7 and I'm trying to sync my ipad 2 with itunes but when I plug the ipad into the usb port I don't get that beep/sound acknowledgement that a device has been plugged in and installing it's drivers so itunes can recognize it?

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My desktop (which I now fondly refer to now as "Chernobyl" was really badly infected w a rootkit, so I'm going to do a clean install from XP to Win 7. Are there any extra measures I should take over the standard reformat/clean install to better ensure total destruction of this scourge? Thanks!

A:Advice Needed on Clean Install of OS

Should you decide to do a clean install from XP to Win 7 due to malware infection, you can back up all your important documents, personal data files, photos to a CD or DVD drive, not a flash drive or external hard drive as they may become compromised in the process. The safest practice is not to backup any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), autorun (.ini) or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml ) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid backing up compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executables inside them as some types of malware can penetrate compressed files and infect the .exe files within them. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by hiding a file extension or adding to the existing extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. If you cannot see the file extension, you may need to reconfigure Windows to show file name extensions. Then make sure you scan the backed up data with your anti-virus prior to to copying it back to your hard drive.If your CD/DVD drive is unusable, another word of caution if you are considering backing up to an external usb hard drive as your only alternative. External drives are more susceptible to infection and can become compromised in the process of backing up data. I'm not saying you should not try using such devices but I want to make you aware of all your options and associated risks so you can make an informed decision if its worth... Read more

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I have a 256GB SSD; which has 117GB of FREE space available.

It ONLY has my Windows installation on it, and a few other key applications, while the bulk of my other apps and games are on a HDD via Steam Mover.

I now also have, a brand new ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard, and an Intel Core i5-4690K, and a new computer Case and I'll be using the rest of the parts from my current PC.

Essentially it will be the exact same computer, just with a new motherboard and a new CPU.

I am debating either (Option 1) using this...
Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

Or (Option 2) partition the SSD and put a fresh clean installation of my Windows on the new partition, then gradually migrate data (ie My Docs, Etc) from the old to the new, and then just reinstall a few essential applications... the only catch being my Steam installation has a number of junctions created to the HDD using Steam Mover; so I'll presume that after reinstalling Steam, I'll probably have to copy the original from the old partition, over onto the new.

Then just gradually change size of the partition as things are moved over, and the old windows is no longer needed... until the SSD is just a single 256GB drive again...

But I am unsure as to whether or not I should attempt option 2 cause well I forgot just how much space a fresh and clean installation of Win 7 Ultimate 64bit will need; and what would I need to do to get it "reactivated" with Microsoft without having to go buy another copy tha... Read more

A:Reinstallation on SSD, how much GB needed for clean install?

Hmm personally I think you are for the sake of the cost of a new OEM going to have a lot of messing around to do like that tutorial lays out .

If it were me I would clone that drive to a spinner just to save my data (if it is only data you want to save) and then install the OEM onto that SSD after wiping it then just install my applications - it would not take so long and seems a simpler way to make the SSD your C: drive, and like I said just for the cost of an OEM.

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Ok so my stepfather let me use his WindowsXP for a while but since I was a newb then I messed it up during a graphics update. He went to get it fixed and since we were in an argument he didnt leave it here for us. Luckily there was a program at my school; CFY. They gave us a Windows2k and I've updated it(carefully!) to my every need. But I can't seem to shake the feeling off that it's too... old fashioned for me to use. I hate the msn features and mmorpgs aren't the same anymore.
So here's the point. I've googled this but the answers are too complicated for me. I want to borrow a Windows Vista disk from a friend so that I can make a clean install of it on this computer. I'm just hoping that it's possible because I've heard it's only good with WindowsXP. Please tell me if there is any way that I can get a better OS that doesn't involve buying anything cause I'm poor
If I need to post my system information just tell me =/

A:Clean Install Desperately needed :(

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Hello to all....
Im hoping someone can advise me on the following.

I currently have two HDD's, one is purely for media storage and back ups. The seocnd is partioned with "C" being my XP os with all of my program files, etc. Dve "D" partition has Vista installed, I wanted to try it before I clean installed over XP.

Now I would like to remove Vista from "D" and clean install on "C" but I dont really want to lose all of my programs, drivers , internet favourites, etc.
So can I -
1. Remove Vista from "D" or does the partition need to be deleted?
2. Make some sort of CD/DVD copy of my programs, etc to make an easy re-install?

Lastly, How do I delete and/or recreate partitions?

I appreciate any help and thank you in advance.


A:Vista clean install help needed

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Dear all,I'm gonna add a Samsung EVO and make a clean Windows 10 64 install in this Envy 17. Apparently, this is my notebook: http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-ENVY-17-n100-Notebook-PC/8499288/model/8949605 First question is how do I get a list with my product specification? Could not find on the site. I can easily find them for my previos HP notebooks. Second, in which order should I install the drivers I downloaded from HP site? Which of them need a reboot after install? HP Notebook System BIOS Update _Intel Processors_sp75152.exeHP Wireless Button Driver_sp74735.exeIntel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver_sp72105.exeIntel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework_sp72106.exeIntel High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp74569.exeIntel Management Engine Interface MEI_sp74364.exeIntel RealSense Depth Camera Manager DCM_sp74366.exeIntel Serial IO Driver_sp72681.exeIntel Software Guard Extensions Device SGX_sp72682.exeIntel Wireless LAN Drivers_sp74466.exeNVIDIA High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp73302.exeRealtek Card Reader Driver_sp72116.exeRealtek High-Definition-audio_sp74368.exeRealtek Local Area Network LAN Driver_sp72119.exeRealtek RTL8723BE-RTL8188EE 802.11bgn Wireless LAN Drivers_sp73310.exeSynaptics TouchPad Driver_sp74369.exeValidity Fingerprint Sensor Driver_sp74365.exe Thank you.

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..and won't install my network card or printer. They all have a question mark beside them in Device Manager.

I recently performed a driver update on this computer using Driver Genius then I had to format and install a new drive on to which I've been trying to install XP

I can't connect to the Net although I have one 1394 connection installed.

Any ideas most welcome. In fact my first born may be available....
Thanks in advance

A:Clean install won't install various controller drivers?

PS I'm still able to operate my laptop which has a wireless connection to the same modem/router I use for my desktop. Hope this helps

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Hello I am getting ready to do a clean install of windows 7 on my PC. What would I need before I do the clean install and what is the proper order to install drivers. Also where would I get the drivers from? Should I let Windows pick the drivers or get them off my manufactures website?

Here Are My Computer Specs:

A:Doing Clean Install, Order To Install Drivers?

Visit the support page for your motherboard and download the chipset driver and LAN driver. Install those following the install and then run all rounds of Windows updates until no more are offered.

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I downloaded latest Win 10 64 Home ISO with Media Creation Tool. And prepared bootable ISO with latest Rufus portable.

I clean install Win 10 64 Home with this bootable ISO on 3 laptop, HP (almost similar to mine), Acer & my laptop HP.
On both HP & Acer no probs.

I tried 3 clean install on my HP laptop (I had already installed Win 10 on first stable release & no probs were there) install, windows updates & everything is fine.
BUT on first windows updates it find couple updates & everything installs fine except graphic & audio drivers. It mention error failed to install. And for other installed updates I have to restart the system. After system restart on settings panel windows updates mention there were probs with some updates, Retry. I click retry & windows updates starts checking windows updates & mention up-to-date. I checked graphic & audio drivers on device manager & it mention drivers working fine. No yellow icon or anything. Graphic & Audio on the system seems fine.
But whenever I start system it remains black for couple mins (little longer than normal) & screen directly appears on logon screen or sometimes I press enter few times & then logon screen appears. Subsequent restart no probs. But if I shutdown the system the same prob i.e first start with black screen & subsequent restart no probs.

I am thinking of uninstall/reinstall drivers. How to do it?
I mean on device manager 1 graphic driver is shown. When I ... Read more

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