Originally Posted by Bartmasta
Do I just put it on a USB now to be safe?
edit: what exactly do I put on the usb, the folder or a specific file?
When you go the Gigabyte site.. you are looking for the lan drivers. I do believe the lan drivers come as a .exe file that you download. You would put this file on your USB.
However.. I would be careful of this though. Depending on your board, windows may or may not support your usb ports are the reinstall. I had a situation where I reinstalled windows and windows didn't have the necessary drivers to run my usb ports right away so I was stuck having to burn a disc with all my drivers. If you still have the driver CD that came with your motherboard I would suggest loading those drivers to begin and you can always update them later.
This is just my experience though. It wouldn't hurt to throw the .exe onto a usb key and just see if it works. If it does work.. install your LAN drivers and then hit the gigabyte site and download the remaining drivers for your motherboard and get them all installed.
I would suggest though, after installing your LAN drivers.. do all of your windows updates first.. also make sure you grab .net framework as well from microsoft as many drivers, such as ati driver require this to install properly (again, this is my experience with an older rig i have).
Oh and one more thing... you may need a floppy disk with the SATA drivers for your chipset. Your motherboard should come with instructions on how to create one of these if it didn't already come with one. My suggestion to you, if you plan on reformatting often and would like to avoid using the floppy, get nlite and do a custom build of windows XP. That is currently what I do my all of my systems, as well I have slimmed down XP to get rid of a lot of the poo that comes with it. (this is all assuming you are using sata drives and not ide)
anyway.. not sure if any of this is relevant or will help.. but I just thought I would share my experiences
good luck man, installing windows is a snap once you get the hang of it