Windows 7 Professional Drivers and Updates

Windows 7 - Install Motherboard Drivers and Windows Updates

Having installed the basic operating system from DVD, the next stage is to install the hardware drivers for the motherboard and (if installed) any additional graphics card.

The drivers supplied for the motherboard and graphics card should be installed, usually from their installation disc.  This procedure depends greatly on the make and model of the motherboards but in general, follow these guidelines:

  • DO NOT use any "Quick install" or "Install All" option provided with the motherboard drivers!  These commonly install additional software and utilities you do not need and which may slow the system down.
  • Install Chipset drivers first and allow system to rebot if prompted
  • Install Video drivers next and again allow system to reboot if prompted
  • Set video resolution according to the monitor in use for proper display
  • Install other drivers provided for the motherboard or installed hardware, rebooting if required.  It should be possible to install more than one driver before rebooting.
  • When all drivers installed, reboot and go to Device manager to check all hardware is correctly configured and no "unknown devices" are present.

When the supplied drivers are installed and the system has been rebooted and appears to be functioning correctly, the system can be connected to a working Internet connection (usually by plugging a network cable into a Broadband router or network switch connected to a router) and the Windows updates can be installed.

Windows updates address known bugs and security issues that have been resolved since the original installation discs were produced and when first run, there may be many updates to install.

While it is possible to leave installing the updates until later, they will usually include updates such as the .NET framework which is required for some applications and utilities and Windows "Service Packs" which are generally large updates and again, may be required for some software to operate correctly.

Installing the updates also gives the newly installed system a good stress test and where possible, should be done sooner rather than later.

Note that on occasion, some updates may report as having failed installation.  This is normal and the error should not be seen after re-booting and installing updates again.

Install Windows Updates

Connect the system to a working Internet connection, and go to "Windows Update" by clicking "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "Windows Update"

A large number of updates will be offered, click "Install Updates" and leave the system to download and install as required:

Windows 7 Download Windows Updates

Check for progress and accept any software license agreements required to install:

Windows updates - Accept software license terms

When the updates have installed, the system will prompt to Reboot.  Click "Reboot Now" to continue installing the updates and restart.  The updates will complete after the system restarts and the system may reboot automatically as part of the process.

When the system restarts and displays the desktop, run "Windows Update" again and repeat the process until all available "Important" updates are installed:

Windows 7 - Updates installed - Restart Now

Next, we make some simple changes to the Windows Desktop to make it more user-friendly and more productive to use: