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Help regarding OEM install on new harddrive.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by LordSaber, Nov 16, 2013.

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  1. LordSaber

    LordSaber Thread Starter

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    Good day everyone. I wasn't sure if this was the correct area of the forums to post this, so I apologize if it's not.

    Anyway, this is my situation. My current harddrive is on its last legs. I am constantly getting messages that Windows is detecting a hardware issue with the disc (as well as HDD Regenerator returning S.M.A.R.T. errors about my harddrive) so I decided to buy a new 120GB SSD and an OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. I didn't know what OEM meant before I bought it, lol, but that's ok. I found out that it's exactly the same as a retail copy (but cheaper) you just can't transfer it to other machines which is fine.

    Anyway, I backed up every personal file I wanted to keep, and used a program called DoubleDriver to backup every driver on my laptop so that I can restore them later on the new harddrive.

    So I want to know if the following steps are correct, of if I'm missing something or if I have them in the wrong order.

    What I'm planning on doing is the following:

    Replace harddrive
    Pop in Windows 7 installation disc
    Restore Drivers using DoubleDrivers restore function.

    What I'm worried about though is if I won't be able to startup the DoubleDriver program without the drivers for my USB ports since I saved everything on a USB stick.

    Are there typically drivers for USB ports built in to the BIOS at all? Or should I try some kind of boot CD for drivers?

    Thanks for any help in advance.
     
  2. gurutech

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    Drivers aren't built into the BIOS, but Win7 should have all of the drivers you will need for the USB.

    I would suggest going to your manufacturer's website, and downloading the wireless network drivers, or even the ethernet drivers; just in case. If you can't get internet access through the standard windows installation, you will have the ethernet or wireless drivers available to install them, then you can get onto the internet to download and install the rest of the drivers you need.
     
  3. LordSaber

    LordSaber Thread Starter

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    Well, I have the wireless network drivers backed up using DoubleDriver. The great thing about that program is that it scans for every driver currently on your laptop so you can back it up as a folder, a compressed file, or an executable. But are you suggesting that I should possibly go to the site for the wireless/ethernet device and download the drivers anyway just in case?

    Do I have the basic steps correct at least?
     
  4. gurutech

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    Won't hurt to have an extra copy of the drivers. If you still aren't sure about your drivers, you can copy everything off the USB stick onto a CD/DVD which should work 100% on the new system.

    But most of the drivers should be built into Win7, or available after running through Windows Updates after the OS installation.
     
  5. flavallee

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    What's the brand name and model name and complete model number of that laptop?

    Are you planning to install Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit or 64-bit?

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    If you know the identity of that laptop's devices, obtain the Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) drivers for them, then save those drivers to some external media.

    Install the new hard drive.

    Set the disc drive first in the boot order in the BIOS.

    Insert the Windows 7 SP1 disc and boot from it.

    Do a clean install of Windows 7 SP1.

    http://www.blackviper.com/os-install-guides/windows-7-install-guide/

    After you're done, install any needed drivers from the external media.

    Go to Windows Update and do a scan, then install the important/recommended updates.

    DON'T install programs and extras in that laptop until after Windows 7 is up-to-date and all devices are working.

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