What is the correct order to install drivers after clean installation?


  1. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
       #1

    What is the correct order to install drivers after clean installation?


    Hi,
    What is the correct and recommended order to install the drivers after a clean Windows 10 installation.
    I have always been told that it is Intel Chipset driver first, followed by all the other chipsets (Intel Management Interface etc) and then only after all the chipsets have been installed, the rest of the drivers can basically be installed in any order.
    Ive just spoken to a guy on Technical Support who said SATA (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) drivers should be installed before the chipset drivers. Is that correct? This is his suggested order :-
    1. BIOS
    2. Intel Rapid Storage Technology-SATA driver
    3. Intel Chipset driver
    4. Then, All the other chipset drivers listed under the laptop service tag can then be installed in any order (Intel Management Interface, Card Reader, Intel Serial IO driver etc)
    5. And finally..All the other drivers can then be installed in any order (Wi-Fi, Video, Audio, Ethernet Controller driver etc)
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  2. Posts : 809
    Win10
       #2

    For the most part it doesn't really matter what order you install the drivers in. The main exception would be drivers for external buses - PCI, USB, TB, etc. since the driver for the controller must be installed before you can enumerate devices connected to them. Since it's hard for people to recognize these, it's simpler just to recommend "chipset" drivers get installed first.

    1. It's good to update the BIOS first since a "BIOS" update, which may contain device firmware in addition to the UEFI image, may cause Windows to have to re-detect devices and may cause TPM changes that break Bitlocker/Hello. So it's best to do this before setting up anything else.

    2. I don't see any specific reason for installing the RST driver first, unless you were setting up RAID and mess something up that renders the system unbootable.

    3. The Intel chipset "driver" literally just makes some cosmetic changes to Device Manager (which is why Intel calls it the "INF update utility"). The actual drivers are already built-in to Windows. But in case Intel makes changes in the future, it's fine to install this before anything else.
    Code:
    ; ************************************************************
    ; ************************************************************
    ; **  Filename: KabylakeSystem.inf                          **
    ; **  Abstract: Assigns the null driver to devices          **
    ; **            for yellow-bang removal and                 **
    ; **            brands Intel(R) devices                     ** 
    ; ************************************************************
    ; ************************************************************
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  3. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    PolarNettles said:
    For the most part it doesn't really matter what order you install the drivers in. The main exception would be drivers for external buses - PCI, USB, TB, etc. since the driver for the controller must be installed before you can enumerate devices connected to them. Since it's hard for people to recognize these, it's simpler just to recommend "chipset" drivers get installed first.

    1. It's good to update the BIOS first since a "BIOS" update, which may contain device firmware in addition to the UEFI image, may cause Windows to have to re-detect devices and may cause TPM changes that break Bitlocker/Hello. So it's best to do this before setting up anything else.

    2. I don't see any specific reason for installing the RST driver first, unless you were setting up RAID and mess something up that renders the system unbootable.

    3. The Intel chipset "driver" literally just makes some cosmetic changes to Device Manager (which is why Intel calls it the "INF update utility"). The actual drivers are already built-in to Windows. But in case Intel makes changes in the future, it's fine to install this before anything else.
    Code:
    ; ************************************************************
    ; ************************************************************
    ; **  Filename: KabylakeSystem.inf                          **
    ; **  Abstract: Assigns the null driver to devices          **
    ; **            for yellow-bang removal and                 **
    ; **            brands Intel(R) devices                     ** 
    ; ************************************************************
    ; ************************************************************
    Hi mate.
    I thought it was a bit odd when he mentioned to install SATA drivers before chipset drivers. When I asked him why that was he just said because its related to the hard drive.
    So would your advice be :-
    1. BIOS
    2. Intel chipset driver
    3. Straight after that install all other chipset drivers but not in any particular order (Intel Management Interface, Card Reader, Intel Serial IO driver etc)
    4. As for any other drivers..the installation order is irrelevant/not important. The Wi-Fi, Graphics, Audio, Ethernet Controller and also the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (SATA) drivers can be installed in any order
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  4. Posts : 11,400
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #4

    The only advice on sequencing I have ever seen is in How to reinstall drivers in the correct order - Dell UK.
    01 System utilities, Dell system software
    02 Chipset
    03 Security, PCMCIA-SmartCards
    04 Serial ATA, Intel matrix storage manager
    05 Audio
    06 Video
    07 NIC, Ethernet
    08 Control point - NAppl
    09 Application, Dell QuickSet
    10 WiFi
    11 BT
    12 Mouse, keyboard, touchpad, input devices
    13 Chipset, Intel vPro-AMT
    14 Network, mobile broadband card
    15 Modem-Comms
    16 Mouse, keyboard, input devices, Dell Digitech touchscreen

    I use this sequence during a clean install & if there are multiple hardware updates. But I have never been particularly convinced about it - if I get a chipset driver update I don't reinstall everything else afterwards.

    [added 2 hours later - you had also asked about Bios updates]
    I normally run Bios updates when they are issued. They do not need to be repeated [including during a full Windows reinstallation]. If, by chance, a Bios update had been issued just as I was fully prepared for a full reinstallation I would
    1 Run the Bios update while the previous Windows installation was still working, or
    2 Find out from the OEM if I could put the new Bios on a USB and boot from that to install the new Bios [I can do so for my newest computer but I do not know how widespread that ability is], or
    3 Run the Bios update as soon as I had completed Windows reinstallation, or
    4 Run the Bios update as soon as I had completed installing all other drivers - but I would then have to re-check the OEM for driver updates because the new Bios might require new drivers.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 25 Jan 2018 at 07:13.
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  5. Posts : 1,871
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #5

    I have a Dell laptop (6yr old Vostro) and used to wonder over all of this... the good news is that Windows seems to do a good job and the only driver manually needing to be added is for the card reader. I also install Dell 'Quickset' for the illuminated keyboard options. I don't install any others and everything works perfectly such as USB3:0 ports and Intel Centrino WiFi.
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  6. Posts : 3,644
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #6

    Windows 10 is great at loading most drivers. After installing Windows, press the Win key+X and choose Device Manager. If there are any yellow flags, then those devices need drivers installed. If there are no yellow flags, you don't need drivers.
    Go to the computer/motherboard Manufacturers Support/Download Drivers site and type in your make and model#, choose your version of Windows (ie) 32bit or 64bit.
    Download the Chipset driver first and reboot.
    Then download any other drivers you may need from the Device Manager.
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  7. Posts : 2,220
    Windows 11 Pro 64bit
       #7

    If you have a PC Specialist laptop/desktop they recommend installing drivers in the order they appear on the driver installation disc.
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  8. Posts : 1,561
    Windows 10 Home 20H2 64-bit
       #8

    From my perspective, clogging up the computer with unecessary drivers is not needed. Keeping it simple. After a clean install of Windows 10 I just install the latest GPU and audio drivers, and chipset & ME drivers. Everything else is academic to me. I don't care what order I'm doing this in either, I've never seen a computer not functioning correctly because I didn't install the chipset driver first or something. Rest is found and installed automagically during the boot/install process. I just check the device manager for any yellow markings, run latencymon, crystaldisk and benchmarking tests and that's about it.
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  9. Posts : 12,430
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #9

    The only thing I can add is that times I've had to do clean installs it has helped to use an Ethernet cable to the Router/Modem so Windows can find other drivers one needs such as for the Wireless or Wireless/Bluetooth adapter.
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  10. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Thanks to Polarnettles, Try3, Mooly Spunk, Bastet, Faith and Berton for your help.
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