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I bought a blank pc from ebay

by Bluemoonmonica / September 1, 2016 9:24 PM PDT

Hello....

I just purchased a computer from eBay. It's blank. Has nothing on it and no instructions. Just discs. I just want to know if I should install the mother board drivers first and then what? I don't want my investment to turn to break. I am new to this and want to learn. It came with a disc for the motherboard and a Windows installation but I have an old hard drive with all of my information and a Windows installation on it. What should I do? I am thinking install the motherboard first then go from there...

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It would be a first to break a PC by incorrect driver instal
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2016 9:41 PM PDT

So banish that fear. You didn't reveal an OS so go ahead and install the OS. Now depending on what doesn't work, you install drivers for that.

But I NEVER EVER use the discs. I get my drivers fresh from the maker of the PC parts.

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install the os
by renegade600 / September 2, 2016 9:24 AM PDT

you should install the OS. it should take care of the motherboard drivers. as far as the old drive with a windows install - it depends on the install. if it is oem or came with another computer, then you cannot use it.

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Blank pc
by Bob__B / September 2, 2016 6:37 PM PDT

If this machine came with a hdd install the OS.
If the OS is w10 head straight to windows update and let msft apply the needed patches.

If the OS is w7/8 install the OS and the mobo drivers.
Go to windows update.

Don't put your old hdd into the new machine.
After you get the new machine to function you can connect your old hdd via usb and copy out 'your stuff'.

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