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    Unhappy Groan

    Rediscovering the pain of a fresh install of win7 on a crufty old laptop that needed a birthday.

    No WLAN - to be expected.
    No LAN - really? - standard realtek chipset...

    Device Manager a sea of yellow ...
    Gonna blend into the background Gonna float me out to sea
    the Mighty Waves of Nothing Much are washing over me

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    Default Re: Groan

    Quote Originally Posted by fred_fish View Post
    Rediscovering the pain of a fresh install of win7 on a crufty old laptop that needed a birthday.

    No WLAN - to be expected.
    No LAN - really? - standard realtek chipset...

    Device Manager a sea of yellow ...
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    Default Re: Groan

    Drivers shouldn't be a problem, just get them from the manufacture.

    The "Fun" Will be if you try to run updates . High chance it wont work, can sit there going nowhere for hours, because the updater will be out of date,microsoft have changed the way the updates work as well and no longer work.


    Last two I did, one was the PITA Way, http://plugable.com/2016/06/08/windo.../#update_steps

    The other downloaded the WSUS Offline Updater http://download.wsusoffline.net/ Downloaded all the updates, ran the updates - installed ( again taking a few hours) then the inbuilt update worked.

    Good luck

    That reminds me, I was going to do another install, sysprep it, then create an image and use that if I reinstall W7 again, save hours of work.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 12-08-2017 at 03:17 PM.
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    Default Re: Groan

    Unless you really want Win7, why not just update to Win10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Unless you really want Win7, why not just update to Win10?
    I don't want either ... but it's not mine.

    And wow - any search with 'driver' as a term gets 15 pages of malware links.

    It's an eu spec toshiba and toshiba.eu keeps dropping download connections part way through

    And why tf is a bluetooth driver 90MB!
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    Even from Windoze ME, W10 is not an update.
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    Default Re: Groan

    Could be worse. I had to do a repair install on a Windows XP laptop, and Setup wouldn't pick up the SATA HDD. The drivers from HP would only write to a floppy disk, so I had to fire up a VM to get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred_fish View Post

    And wow - any search with 'driver' as a term gets 15 pages of malware links.
    Don't search. Go straight to the manufacturers website and look under the model number.
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    Try Tosh NZ for drivers.
    There may be a similar NZ model.

    Just thank God its not an HP, they would give you a multichoice of 4 completely different drivers for the NIC & another 4 for the wifi

    "And why tf is a bluetooth driver 90MB! "
    The same reason a printer driver can be 400M+
    That BT download wont be just the driver, it will also be some BT software

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    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Drivers shouldn't be a problem, just get them from the manufacture.

    The "Fun" Will be if you try to run updates . High chance it wont work, can sit there going nowhere for hours, because the updater will be out of date,microsoft have changed the way the updates work as well and no longer work.


    Last two I did, one was the PITA Way, http://plugable.com/2016/06/08/windo.../#update_steps

    The other downloaded the WSUS Offline Updater http://download.wsusoffline.net/ Downloaded all the updates, ran the updates - installed ( again taking a few hours) then the inbuilt update worked.

    Good luck

    That reminds me, I was going to do another install, sysprep it, then create an image and use that if I reinstall W7 again, save hours of work.
    We have setup a server 2012 machine running WSUS here to overcome the Win7 update issues. Literally saves DAYS.

    As for the drivers, as has been said, NEVER get them from a site other than the manufacturer's. If you are having trouble locating them, let us know the exact model number of the laptop and we can point you in the right direction. I've has great success with downthemall addin for Firefox from the EU Tosh site.

    Fresh installing Win10 would have been a lot easier.
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