Windows Installation guide

Post installation

By now you'll have successfully installed your Operating System, & as such finished the most time consuming part of Installing & Configuring your new Windows installation. That said, there is still much left to do. Your main concern for now will be ensuring all your Hardware devices have been detected & installed correctly. Even if they are, then you'll still want to install the latest drivers for them. The next few sections will cover this in greater detail.

Obviously the first thing to do is create a connection to your ISP.

Downloading Updates/Drivers

First of, if you are using Windows 2000 the first thing to do is download & install Service Pack 2. I'd strongly recommend doing this before anything else, as it will avoid many potential problems that could be caused by installing anything else first.

You can find a listing of system Updates/Patches for Windows 98, Me & 2000 in our very own OS Updates page. This page also contains links to updated Chipset Drivers for Intel & VIA, essential if you have such Motherboards.

While for other Hardware you can find links to Drivers for a large amount of Hardware on our Drivers page. In the interest of having the newest Drivers you would generally be better off using Reference drivers rather than a Manufacturers driver as they are invariably based on the Reference driver, albeit it with the Manufacturers logo & perhaps some other customisations. Also, some Manufacturers are very slow to update their drivers, if at all, e.g. Creative.

Installing updates order

The order of installation for the Drivers/Patches, etc. which you may have just downloaded can be rather awkward to define accurately, as such use the following guidelines. As noted before, if you are using Windows 2000 install Service Pack 2 first before anything else.

1.       Install any Chipset Drivers available.

2.       Install latest DirectX.

3.       Install Graphics Card Driver. NOTE - Some Graphics cards drivers contain their own AGP Driver files; as such you may need to re-install your Chipsets AGP Driver as a result.

4.       Install Soundcard Driver.

5.       Install any other Hardware Device Drivers.

6.       Install latest Internet Explorer.

7.       Install other relevant updates/patches/hotfixes.

Before installing Graphics card/Soundcard or other Hardware device Drivers, check the next section for how to properly install drivers.

Updating Drivers

Drivers come in many packages, e.g. some may need to be manually installed, while others need extracting, then execution of a setup file. More commonly now is simply executable files which self-extract & auto-run installation. Either way, there are still some steps you should take before installing updates. Where appropriate I'll mention in brackets any differences for Windows 2000. NOTE - These steps will be of more use when you are installing further updated Drivers, rather than installing updated versions of the default Windows Drivers, if any. Also you should only install 1 Device at a time, installing multiple Hardware devices may cause problems, e.g. Soundcard & DVD Decoder, rather install the Soundcard solely only install the DVD Decoder after the Soundcard is fully installed.

1.       Extract the Driver files to a directory on your Desktop (Depending on the Driver package of course).

2.       Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel. Open Add/Remove Programs. Uninstall your Hardware from here if it is listed, this should be the case with Hardware installed using automated routines, e.g. Philips Acoustic Edge. Reboot as required to complete uninstallation from here if available. NOTE - The following steps should be taken regardless of whether or not the Device was uninstalled from Add/Remove Programs.

3.       Right click on My Computer & select Properties.

4.       Select the Device Manager tab (In Windows 2000 select the Hardware tab, then the Device Manager button).

5.       Expand the relevant tree for your Hardware device, e.g. Graphics card will be located in the Display Adapters section & so on. Select the Device & select the Properties button. In the Driver tab select the Driver Details button, if available & make a note of the files listed (In Windows 2000 use the Update Driver wizard to determine the *.inf file currently used for the Device & make a note of it, this file will be located in the WINNT\Inf folder).

6.       Select Ok then hit the Remove button to Uninstall the Devices current Drivers.

7.       Open Windows Explorer & open the Windows\Inf\Other folder (In Windows 2000 this will be WINNT\Inf by default). Delete the *.inf file for the Device removed, if available. NOTE - You may need to view the files contents in order to determine whether or not you have selected the correct file to delete.

8.       Reboot the machine.

9.       When Windows boots up, the Hardware Device will be detected via Plug & Play. When prompted by the Update Driver Wizard navigate to the folder on the Desktop where you have extracted the Driver files to & select Ok. Windows will now install the Driver for the Device. Reboot the machine as requested by Windows (Or even if not) after installation has completed.

10.   For Drivers that use self-installing packages simply select Cancel in the Update Driver wizard & let Windows load as normal. Once fully loaded run the installation executable to begin installation & reboot as required. Please check any readme file that comes with the package for further details.


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