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I am gonna reinstall Windows for the first time tomorrow, what are some things to keep in mind?

1. Only the HDD with the OS gets formatted, correct? If so I will put my important stuff on my other HDD and disconnect it from my motherboard while reinstalling to be extra safe.

2. Is it really just as simple as putting in the disc and installing it from there? I will probably have to put in my motherboard and GPU driver discs in after I do that.

3. Anything else?

Thanks a lot.
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post #2 of 16
The only drive you will need to format is the OS drive, you are correct.

Just put your disc in, boot from the disc. You may have to set your boot order as cdrom first in your bios. You shouldnt need any drivers until your in windows.
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The only time I've ever needed drivers before windows was installed, is when I setup my raid for the first time.
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1) Jup, correct!

2) Yeah, insert your XP install disk, make sure your DVD-drive is selected as the first drive to boot from in your BIOS. Then follow the steps on screen.

3) Well I can't really think of any. Just go with the flow
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If you're using the integrated network on your mobo, be sure to load the NIC drivers to a USB, otherwise you might not be able to download anything!
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If you're using the integrated network on your mobo, be sure to load the NIC drivers to a USB, otherwise you might not be able to download anything!
Good tip. I had that problem when I formatted a laptop for someone just the other day.
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i agree with all the above
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Originally Posted by quaaark View Post
If you're using the integrated network on your mobo, be sure to load the NIC drivers to a USB, otherwise you might not be able to download anything!
+1

This is the only driver you'll need. Driver discs are a thing of the past (most are outdated by the time they get to the end-user).

Actually the last few times I installed Vista or 7 (on various machines), Windows picked up my NICs right away without me having to download or install anything. I assume most on-board NICs are pretty well supported by Windows.
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If you're using the integrated network on your mobo, be sure to load the NIC drivers to a USB, otherwise you might not be able to download anything!
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post #10 of 16
I wouldn't worry about LAN (NIC) drivers too much.
Usually Windows has a driver present, or otherwise you can always use the CD that came with your motherboard.
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