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Are you asking how to install Windows and all that? I'm assuming this is your first PC build and never done an install before?

OK, for starters, you'll need your Windows disc and the disc that came with your motherboard. You shouldn't have to worry about the BIOS yet, and any options there can be changed later. Don't worry about the video card disc or any other discs yet either.

Turn the computer on, put the Windows disc in the drive, then hit the reset button. When the computer begins to reboot, it should ask you if it wants to load from the disc in the drive. Hit any key on your keyboard. Follow all of the instructions thereafter.

If the computer brings you right to the BIOS, then you may need to change some settings here. Mainly, the boot order of your drives. You need to change it to read from the DVD drive first.

Once you've successfully installed Windows, put the motherboard disc in next. Load all of the drivers from that. Like USB drivers, ethernet drivers, southbridge drivers, anything it has in the drivers list. Without these drivers installed, nothing else will work properly.

Now you can move on to your video-card disc and any other discs that you may have. Mind you, you only need the drivers from these discs. Don't bother with any of the extra crap that comes on these things - it's just bloatware. Load drivers only.

And anytime it tells you the comp needs a restart, let it restart. The drivers won't work until the computer has been restarted and boots with the new drivers.
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Originally Posted by Cavi Mike View Post

Are you asking how to install Windows and all that? I'm assuming this is your first PC build and never done an install before?

OK, for starters, you'll need your Windows disc and the disc that came with your motherboard. You shouldn't have to worry about the BIOS yet, and any options there can be changed later. Don't worry about the video card disc or any other discs yet either.

Turn the computer on, put the Windows disc in the drive, then hit the reset button. When the computer begins to reboot, it should ask you if it wants to load from the disc in the drive. Hit any key on your keyboard. Follow all of the instructions thereafter.

If the computer brings you right to the BIOS, then you may need to change some settings here. Mainly, the boot order of your drives. You need to change it to read from the DVD drive first.

Once you've successfully installed Windows, put the motherboard disc in next. Load all of the drivers from that. Like USB drivers, ethernet drivers, southbridge drivers, anything it has in the drivers list. Without these drivers installed, nothing else will work properly.

Now you can move on to your video-card disc and any other discs that you may have. Mind you, you only need the drivers from these discs. Don't bother with any of the extra crap that comes on these things - it's just bloatware. Load drivers only.

And anytime it tells you the comp needs a restart, let it restart. The drivers won't work until the computer has been restarted and boots with the new drivers.

are these steps assuming I have only 1 HDD in my rig?

how does any of the steps change if i have
1) 2 or more HDD
2) 1 HDD and 1 SDD
3) 2 or more HDD and 1 SDD
4) 2 or more HDD and 2 or more SDD

And thank you all for all the help, you guys are the reason why people like me can even think about doing new things like building a pc


EDIT: oh yeah and someone told me that when i am installing drivers for my hard drives, mobo, gpu and such, instead of using the cd it comes with, instead to do it from their website
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no change in step at all since windows will ask where to install, user will have to direct the location.

for driver, it is better to download latest driver on website if internet is available, otherwise the cd driver is fine.
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