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Pianoman16

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I'm reformatting my old PC to get that "freshly bought computer" feel back. And everywhere I've read it says to save the drivers for after you do it. What exactly do I have to do with the drivers?
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I think what you are reading is the general advice to get the drivers needed for your system before the format(eg graphics, sound card, ethernet controler etc. etc.) and get them on a disk so they are all in one place and then you dont have to rake the internet for drivers after the reinstall.
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But I could just go to the website, say the HP website, and just download them. Correct?
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But I could just go to the website, say the HP website, and just download them. Correct?


You can do it that way, although it isn't any fun :whistling:

Anyway if its a branded system (HP, Dell, etc) and you're using their recovery software, you don't need any more drivers unless you've added extra hardware in the meantime.
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Well its a branded system but I'm not using their software... I'm trying to clean the computer out completly. Delete the entire hard drive and reinstall windows. When you say it isn't any fun does are you saying that I can't do it that way?
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Yeah thats the way you get them, its how you make sure you have the most upto date drivers.
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When you say it isn't any fun does are you saying that I can't do it that way?


it's an insider joke for those of us who work with these things all day. I do apologise. You can do it anyway you want.
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there's a program called driver magician (sorry i don't have a link) that will export all non windows drivers to a disk...very handy before you format
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