Vista Home Premium/SP1 stand alone clean install procedure

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by xiowan, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Hello all:
    I recently updated my main Vista Ultimate PC with SP1 without problems
    but have 2 more PC's with Vista Home Premium full retail O.S. I would like
    to format the hard drives in each while installing Vista and wondered if I
    needed to install the latest Intel motherboard drivers/software before
    installing SP1 from a purchased stand alone disk or if I would be better off
    to just install Vista and then SP1 with it's built-in Intel drivers, then
    update them later if needed? I am on a dial-up internet connection and don't
    want to download SP1 twice more! Both of these PC's have the same Intel
    DG965WH m-board, same DVD multi-drives, same Core2 Duo processors, same 3
    GB's of DDR2 800 Mhz RAM, same nVidia 7600 GT GPU's, same IDT onboard audio.
    All of the above are listed on Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility site as
    Vista Certified. Any suggestions as to which method to use? tucson
    xiowan, Mar 25, 2008
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  2. Dustin Harper, Mar 25, 2008
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  3. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Hello Dustin Harper:
    Thanks for the advice! I was leaning that direction since I thot that
    maybe SP1 wouldn't install with the built-in drivers that come with
    Vista.....they are older than the drivers that they list on the "must be
    updated list before installing Vista SP1". You'd think that SP1 would be
    designed to automatically update any drivers they sent out with the original
    O.S. installation disk .....but I guess that would be a silly idea. I have
    already ordered an SP1 cd from NewEgg for $5.00 with free shipping so I
    wouldn't have to download SP1 on dial-up again!
    I am puzzled why Windows Update would offer SP1 automatically for my
    Vista Ultimate PC but not for my 2 Vista Home Premium pcs......all with the
    same equipment and all updated with the same driver updates for the hardware.
    Could it be that they are offering it to owners of Ultimate before they
    offer it to those with "lower" versions as some sort of reward for buying
    their "best" version? tucson
    xiowan, Mar 25, 2008
  4. xiowan

    Trevor Guest

    So how does one get the updated drivers?
    Shouldn't the windows update do that?
    what drivers need to be updated.
    My Vista Ultimate doesn't get offered an update
    for SP1. I even have the free tech support looking
    into this and they didn't mention needing updated drivers

    Go figure !


    Trevor, Mar 25, 2008
  5. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Hello "Trevor":
    Microsoft has provided a list of drivers that need updated before
    Automatic Updates will download SP1. My PC's happened to need an update to
    the audio driver to be compatible with SP1. After installing it on 1
    Ultimate and 2 Home Premium PCs, Windows Update offered me SP1 only for the
    Ultimate Pc and it installed fine. There may be other driver
    incompatiblility problems that Microsoft hasn't announced yet but if you'd
    like to see their list of drivers definitely needing updates prior to
    Automatic Update installation here is the url for that:

    Here is more information on how to install SP1:

    Good luck with your SP1 update! tucson
    xiowan, Mar 25, 2008
  6. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Correction for my post. You'll probably have to copy and paste the urls I
    listed since the second line of each url doesn't seem to show up as part of
    the url! My bad.
    xiowan, Mar 25, 2008
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