MSI Operating System Installation Guide


Mr Steveo


Table of Contents

Post 1 Contents and Introduction

Post 2 Windows XP Installation Guide

Post 3 Windows 2000 Installation Guide


THere are many different ways to install the operating system on your new computer. THere are also many advanced tweaks. This Guide is simply one method for installing the operating system. THe following Guides do not involve any advanced tweaks, on the necessities to get you up and running stable and secure.

*** Moderators: Since there are always new chipset drivers and Micorsoft patches, feel free to edit this post as needed so that the Guides remain current. Also feel free to edit anything as new Operating System Installation Guides are provided by members. I know some people get upset if their posts are edited. I just wanted you folks to know I dont mind :) ***


Mr Steveo


written by: Mr Steveo
Before I begin let me just say when installing Windows there are many paths to the one destination of a stable system. the method I indicate below is by no means the only correct method for isntalling Windows. It is simply a tried and true method I have repeated over and over with full success on these motherboards. If some of you have another method that works for you then by all means stick with what you prefer

Installation order for XP on an MSI Motherboard

- Make sure you are using hard drives with no current partitions or data.

- Put a blank floppy in your computer and power up. Booting will stop when it reaches the blank floppy. Now place the Windows XP CD ROM in the CD/DVD drive. Now remove the blank floppy Then press Control/Alt/Delete to reboot the system.

- Upon reboot the system will find and boot the Windows XP CDROM. If you are using RAID, then as soon as you see the first signs of the XP setup blue screen, IMMEDIATELY press F6. If not using RAID ignore pressing F6

- If using RAID you will be prompted to insert the Floppy disk containing your XP Compatible RAID drivers. Follow the onscreen instructions.

- You will be brought to a License Agreement screen. A few steps later you will be brought to a Screen that shows your hard drives and their sizes. It is from HERE that you may set up (or delete) partitions. With WIndows XP, this is the proper place to partition your drives.

- Once the drives are partitioned, highlight the partition to which you wish to install Windows, then press Enter and follow the onscreen instructions

- From there, go grab a sandwich or osda while Windows formats the partitions and installs the OS. Follow any onscreen prompts as best you can

-***For RAID you may get one or two warnings in a tan colored box indicating you have a device or driver that is not apporived for Windows XP. The choices should be Yes/Continue or No/Cancel/Dont Continue Please choose Yes/Continue for all tan colored box prompts like this

Windows has finished isntalling and you are at the Desktop

- Install 4 in 1 driver all versions available from Other VIA patches mentioned below also availabe from VIA website.

For K7T Turbo Series -
No 4 in 1 drivers are needed for Windwos XP

For K7T266 Pro2 Series-
Install 4 in 1 driver version 4.35 When installing in XP it will only offer the choice to install the ".inf" file/portion of the 4 in 1 drivers. For your motherboard thats what you wanna do.

For KT3 Ultra Series-
Install 4 in 1 driver version 4.38 When you are given the coices of what modules to install choose only the INF 1.40a file (unselect AGP and IDE modules) Once done and you have rebooted. Install the VIA IDE Filter Driver. THis is a separate VIA pack that is not part of the 4 in 1 drivers. Be sure you download and isntall the IDE Filter Driver and NOT the IDE Miniport driver. Please note, I am aware this method may not give you the full ATA133 VIA promises with the IDE miniport. However the above recommendation takes into consideration the following

* WIndows XP will almost certainly have native support of ATA133 UDMA6 in the upcoming Service Pack 1

*This provides the cleanest path for you to fully employ the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack. Being familiar with the miniport and the 4 in 1 IDE module, there is reason to believe the future XP Service Pack may not fully install properly with these VIA patches. (for clarification, see me in the forum)
Its as important to think of the future of your computer as much as your immediate desire for performance.

*the Miniport drivers cause some people problems.

*no IDE hard drive can truly provide full ATA133 performance

Based on all these, the above 4 in 1 driver recommendations have been made. However, if the above seems too confusing, feel free to install the FULL VIA 4 in 1 driver package v4.38 for KT266A and KT333 motherboards running Windows XP

- Finish Formatting. If you set up multiple partitions on your hard drives during Windows XP Setup - Setup only formatted the partition where Windows is located. To format the remaining partitions, Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools> Computer Manageemnt. On the screen that pops up you will see a "tree on the left hand side of the window. Click on the place called Disk Management. Now you should see on the right hand side of the screen a visual display of your hard drives and partitions. Choose an unformatted partition - right click it - choose format - and follow onscreen instructions.

- Repeat this for any partitions which are still unformatted.

Now would be a good time to make sure ultra dma is enabled. Most default installs of Windows XP result in the CDROm being left in PIO mode. So to check and set UDMA levels, do the following:

1. Right click on My Computer - then properties
2. Click the hardware tab,
3. Click the Device Manager button
4. Double click on ?hard disk controllers? in the device manager
5.Right click on the primary and secondary ide device entries individually and select advanced properties.
6.Verify that you see DMA mode in the drop down boxes. If they do not, then go ahead and set them to "DMA mode if available"

-Next (this applies only if you are using the following connection)
If you have a broadband connection to the internet and you are
a. connected directly to your DSL or cable modem
b. behind a NAT router from DLink model 804 or a Linksys model BEFSR41 and have the latest firmware
c. or if you are connected to the web by way of dial up

IF a,b,or c applies to you take this next step
Go into Control Panel> Add Remove programs> Install Windows Components the scroll down to Networking and click the "Details" box Put a check box in Universal Plug and Play then click all the "OKs" and "apply's" to install that feature Be sure to reboot

-Next, go to Windows update and get a list of available updates. Go to the section thats called review and install updates. From there remove all the updates listed. then go up to available driver updates. Choose only the driver update for "AMD K-7 Processor" Choose to add that to the updates to isntall so its the only one on the review list. then click it and install that update (reboot when told to do so

- when back in Windows go again to Windows Update. Again scan for updates. Then in the area called review and install, remove all the critial updates preselected as you did before. This time choose to add ALL the updates in the category called "Windows XP" EXCEPT!!! Do not choose any of the updates for now that refer to Windows Messenger
Once you have selected to add all the non Messenger Windows XP updates, dowload - install - and reboot

- When back in XP go again to Windows Update and scan for updates. this time go to the "review and install" section and confirm that it has chosen all available Critical Updates. Once confirmed, download and install all the critical updates and reboot

- When back in XP, now install (not from Windows Update but from manufactuerer websites) all hardware drivers you need EXCEPT for video and audio. For now install drivers for everything else

- Install the latest WHQL certified drivers for your video card If using nVidia cards, you can get the latest WHQL driver from

- Once the video drivers are installed and youve rebooted, set your color depth to 32 bit and your monitor refresh rate to 85Hz

- Now install your sound card drivers. then shut down the computer, plug the speakers into the computer and power up

-Next, see if you can find $40-60 in r piggy bank and head over to Walmart or CompUsa and grab a copy of Norton Utilities Youre not gonna want to install it, just run a utility from the disk. Once youhave this in hand; pop the disk in the CD drive and choose to "Launch Utilities from CD" Then choose Norton WIndoctor and run the application. It should return 17 to 30 errors. these are bugs/codeing problems with WIndows and actually is the lowest count for any MS OS so far. therefore actually 17 to 30 errors isnt bad for Microsoft...LOL Once the application is done running, choose the button called "Repair All" Let it do its thing and then exit the program and reboot the computer.
**This application itself is worth the full price of the Norton software. youd be amazed how many problems with your computer it automatically fixes. great stability tool. Consider running Windoctor after each software application you install***

- Next go into the advanced properties for your display adapter and set PCI texture memory to 63MBs or less

- Next set the paging file from whatever it is at now to "System Managed" WHen prompted to reboot do so

- Next click the following link and when prompted - choose "open"
Messenger v4.5

This will update Windows Messenger to version 4.5 Notice earlier I suggested NOT installing v4.6 from Windows update. the reason is because of an MS bug. If you install v 4.6 BEFORE you set up other WIndows XP user accounts, then only the administrative user will be able to fully use Windows Messenger. Therefore by clicking the link above you will get v4.5 which is where you want to start.

Once v4.5 from the above link is installed, reboot

Now youre ready to set up any additional Windows User accounts you want. Logging onto the internet while in Administrator Mode can put you at higher risk of vulnerability. So consider setting up a Limited User or better yet, Power User account for yourself

Once the User Accounts are set up now you should try logging into Windows Messenger for each user account.

Once youve done this - now log into Windows as an Administrator and go get the most recent Windows XP Messenger update.

Next install any antivirus and or software firewall program you have

Next install MS Office or any office suite you have.

Next if you use MS Office, be sure to get all Office Critical updates from WIndows Updates

Next, finish installing any software you want to use on this computer

Mr Steveo


- Written by Amdmb forum member : "The Wise One"

Before you continue reading, keep in mind, that there are many different ways to install Windows 2000 on your computer. The method outlined below is one such method I have used time and time again. It has proven to be the best and most successful method I have tried. You may have a different method, and if it works well for you, by all means, continue with what is comfortable for you.

Please read this guide thru in its, entirety, before you begin installation.

Things you will need before you begin installation.

1.Windows 2000 CD (of course )
2.The most current Windows 2000 RAID drivers on a 3½ floppy (if not installing raid, you need not worry about this)
3.The most current Windows 2000 drivers for all of your hardware.(please obtain these from the hardware manufacturers website)

To begin:

- If you are in windows, insert your windows 2000 cdrom into your cdrom drive. When the autorun starts, cancel out of it. Restart your computer.

- If your computer is off, simply insert a blank floppy disk into your floppy drive and turn on your computer. The computer will stop booting when it reaches the floppy. Remove the floppy disk and insert your windows 2000 cd and reboot.

- When your computer restarts, it will recognize and boot from the windows 2000 cd.

- If using RAID, please follow the steps outlined below. If you are not, then you may skip this part.

RAID Install:
- As soon as you see the very first blue setup screen, IMMEDIATELY press F6 to specify installation of third party mass storage devices. Windows will proceed to install files.

- Part way thru this, windows will prompt you with a screen asking you if you wish to install 3rd party mass storage devise or continue. At this screen, please hit ?S?. At the next screen, insert your RAID driver diskette into the 3½ floppy drive and press ?enter?. Setup will continue.

- Next, the license screen will present itself. Hit ?F8? to agree and allow windows to proceed with setup.

- The next screen will display all of the hard drives you have installed. This is where you need to set and or delete your partitions.

*Note: If you are starting with clean, unpartitioned drives, you may be prompted by windows to format the drive(s) using the NTFS files system. If this occurs, format when prompted.

- Once your drives are partitioned and formatted(if formatting was required), highlight the drive you wish to install windows 2000 on and press enter. Follow the onscreen instructions. Windows will take a bit of time to setup from here so take a break, snag some grub, or go burn one. Please follow any prompts that pop up.

*Note: If you installed RAID, it is possible you will see 1 or 2 messages that pop up thru this part of setup that states something to the affect of, ?The device you are trying to install, has not passed windows logo testing. Continuing may cause instability.? Please select yes or continue at these prompts.

- Once windows is done installing, you will be at your desktop. Some of you may need to install drivers for your Network Interface Card. This is fine and you must do so to proceed with the next few steps. Also, you are going to need a zip file manager as windows 2000 does not provide native support for zip files.

- The first thing you want to do is go to the windows update age, download and install the Service Pack 2 update. Reboot when prompted.

*NOTE: I your windows 2000 cd came with Service Pack 2, then you may skip the above step.

- Now would be a good time to make sure ultra dma is enabled. The service Pack should do this automatically, but lets confirm it.

1.Right click on My Computer manage from the menu device manager
4.double click on ?hard disk controllers? in the device manager
5.right click on the primary and secondary ide device entries individually and select advanced properties.
6.Verify that you see DMA mode in the drop down boxes. If they do not, then go ahead and set them to DMA mode. (this will require a reboot)

- Download and install the latest via 4in 1 chipset drivers. You can obtain these drivers at Reboot when prompted.

*NOTE: In Steveos windows XP install guide, he recommends installing only the Inf 1.40a driver from the 4 in1?s and install the IDE Filter Driver separate. I found installing all drivers in the 4 in1 worked fine with Windows 2000.

- Next, go back to the windows update page and grab either, Internet Explorer 5.5 sp 2, or Internet Explorer 6. I recommend Internet Explorer 6. This update must be done separately from the other updates. Reboot when prompted.

- Once you are back in windows, head back over to windows update and grab the DirectX 8.1 update. This also will need to be done separate from the other updates. Reboot when prompted.

- Next, head back to windows update again. Download and install all other updates EXCEPT device drivers. Reboot when prompted.

- Once back to windows, Install the drivers for your video card. Make sure they are the latest WHQL certified drivers from Reboot when prompted. Once back on the desktop, set your desired resolution, color depth, and refresh rate.

- Install the latest WHQL certified drivers for your sound card. Please obtain these drivers from the manufacturers website. Reboot when prompted.

- Once back to the desktop, you can install any other hardware needed.

- Install all software, games, etc? you wish to use on this computer.

- If installing MS Office, make sure you go back to the windows update page and download any relevant updates for it.

That?s it