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Which software do you install first for a brand new computer

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January 17, 2007 6:16:05 AM

There are lots of softwares/drivers to install or update when first building a new computer...which do you guys do first and last?

Whats a good order to do for the following...

-Update windows
-Update Bios
-Install virus and firewall
-Install Motherboard software
-Update Motherboard drivers
-Install video card driver
-And...anything I missed.
January 17, 2007 10:29:31 AM

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There are lots of softwares/drivers to install or update when first building a new computer...which do you guys do first and last?

Whats a good order to do for the following...

-Update windows
-Update Bios
-Install virus and firewall
-Install Motherboard software
-Update Motherboard drivers
-Install video card driver
-And...anything I missed.


If you do that, the firewall will complain or crash due to the lack of a network card.

My order: BIOS update on floppy, Windows, Service Packs, drivers, security software, Windows updates, all other software

There's no point in continuing if bios update fails. I'm sure most households have more than 1 computer. That or you get the bios to floppy & read the pdf manual in advance.
January 17, 2007 11:09:59 AM

-Update Bios - before installing windows
-Install Motherboard software
-Update Motherboard drivers
-Install video card driver
-Update windows
-Install virus and firewall
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January 17, 2007 11:27:38 AM

Not to over-simplify...

1. Update Bios IF necessary (ie, you're running a known troubled version)
2. Any SATA-RAID/SCSI drivers you need to load your OS (F6 during win install)
3. OS
4. Chipset drivers
5. Remaining SATA/SCSI non-raid drivers (Silicon image normally has RAID and non-RAID SATA drivers)
6. Video
7. Remaining drivers
8. All the rest, order hasn't seemed critical in my experience.
January 17, 2007 3:23:02 PM

thanks for the advice guys!
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