Windows 7 Installation -- Order of Driver Installation

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  1. GearJunkie

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    I’ve just built a new machine (see specs in sig) and am now ready to load Win 7 x64. It's been a LOOOOONG time since I've built a new rig and I'm a little unclear on the latest driver installation procedures. Below is the sequence of the install that I plan to follow:

    1. Windows 7 64-Bit
    2. Intel Chipset Drivers
    3. Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver (for SATA AHCI)
    4. Intel Management Engine Interface Driver
    5. LAN Driver
    6. A Nvidia GTX 660 GPU Driver
    6. B (Should I also install Intel HD 4000 integrated GPU driver)
    7. Audio Driver
    8. USB 3.0 Driver
    9. Mouse Driver
    10. Intel SSD Toolbox
    10a. Run the tool to verify AHCI and optimize the SSD’s
    11. Windows Update
    12. Run Windows Experience Index (WEI) to disable de-fragmentation and "sync" windows accelerators

    I’m hoping to receive any comments on the order in which I install the drivers, and if I should make any changes.

    Also, I don’t plan to use the Lucid Virtu MVP on this board, because I don’t game, and I don’t want any conflicts or issues when I go to calibrate the monitor. Since I’ll be using the Nvidia GTX 660 as my primary GPU, is there any reason to install the Intel integrated GPU (HD 4000) display drivers?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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  2. zerogear

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    To be honest, it doesn't really matter which order you install the drivers. If you don't plan on using Virtu, disable the onboard via BIOS/UEFI, and just install the nVidia drivers.
     
  3. smakme7757

    smakme7757 Golden Member

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    The order isn't really important, but i always take the motherboard chipset drivers first. Then it's first come first serve.
     
  4. GearJunkie

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    Thanks for the quick replies!

    So is there any reason to install the HD 4000 drivers, without the Virtu MVP drivers also being installed?

    Thanks.
     
  5. zerogear

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    If you don't use Virtu Green or Virtu MVP, there is absolutely no reason to have the IGP to be even enabled.
     
  6. GearJunkie

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    The problem is there is no way to disable the iGPU on my board. So - is it better to leave it hanging without a driver, or to install the driver for it and set it as a secondary adapter? To me, it seems like there is the possibility for conflicts either way???
     
  7. zerogear

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    You can use it as a secondary adapter, but why? nVidia handles secondary displays fine. If your board is an ASUS, there is definitely a way to disable it. I've gone through low to high end ASUS boards, every single one had an option to disable IGP.
     
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    I usually do:
    1. Chipset
    2. RAID
    3. Graphics
    4. the rest of the drivers in any order
    5. update windows
     
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    Usually with Intel 7 series motherboards, the option to disable the IGP is phrased something like "Enable IGP when Secondary" or something like that. Leaving the option disabled will cause the IGP to be disabled whenever a PCIe GPU is plugged in.

    And no, the driver order doesn't really matter. I usually do the graphics first because I don't like sitting around at a low resolution.
     
  10. GearJunkie

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    Thanks for the replies!


    There is an opion to disable the Lucid MVP - maybe this also disables the iGPU. I'll go for this and just not install the drivers for it.

    Thanks for your help!