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Windows 7: Bad drivers from microsoft!!!!!!!!

18 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Bad drivers from microsoft!!!!!!!!

PEOPLE, MICROSOFT IS NOT WHERE YOU NEED TO GET YOUR CURRENT DRIVERS. ONLY ALLOW UPDATE TO INSTALL MICROSOFT SPECIFIC UPDATES. I know from personal experience that win update will try and download incorrect drivers for nvidia gpu and will cause TREMENDOUS problems!!!! After days of effort trying to undo the damage I finally had to do an image restore, after doing that, clearing my cmos, and rebooting i visited nvidia and used THIER auto updater and all is well. the microsoft recommended Video driver seems to be causing problems elsewhere in the system and fooling even the greatest of techs.


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18 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

I have to agree with this, I had nothing but problems after using micorsoft update to update my drivers.

I also reinstalled from scratch. Downloaded all drivers direct from manufacturers sites and now all is well.

Mine also seemed to have started after installing the nvidia drivers from MS.
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18 Oct 2009   #3

 
 

I haven't had any issues with letting WU handle my chipset, network, monitor, RAID, and such drivers. I do not, however, use it for my nVidia drivers (I get those myself from the website) or sound drivers (Creative's drivers don't come via WU). ^_^
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18 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jamesandalexis View Post
PEOPLE, MICROSOFT IS NOT WHERE YOU NEED TO GET YOUR CURRENT DRIVERS. ONLY ALLOW UPDATE TO INSTALL MICROSOFT SPECIFIC UPDATES. I know from personal experience that win update will try and download incorrect drivers for nvidia gpu and will cause TREMENDOUS problems!!!! After days of effort trying to undo the damage I finally had to do an image restore, after doing that, clearing my cmos, and rebooting i visited nvidia and used THIER auto updater and all is well. the microsoft recommended Video driver seems to be causing problems elsewhere in the system and fooling even the greatest of techs.
I agree. I only let microsoft update their own files. I never let it update hardware drivers. But I do try sometimes (with a backup in place) to see what it will install.

To my amazement it installed a newer driver version (than the site) of my create Xfi extreme audio card. on the other hand, it backrolled my cats 9.9 to 9.7.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Hardware drivers from WU
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18 Oct 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Microsoft uploads drivers to Windows Update that were submitted by manufacturer's - not necessarily the device manufacturer tho'!

In 2002 I updated my HP 750n' s video driver (nVidia card) from Windows Update and got a BSOD. So I went to the HP website and updated with their driver - got the same BSOD. I then went to the nVidia website and installed their driver - and had no issues.

There are reasons to update hardware drivers from the PC manufacturer's website - but only (IMO) under certain circumstances. This is primarily for those folks who use the add-on stuff that the PC manufacturer's add on. Things like the Network management utilities and the special keyboard keys.
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18 Oct 2009   #6

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

ehh, i dont used WU for any drivers., only for microsoft software updates, i keep my drivers on a backup drive, and when the drivers are updated on my PC, i also place a copy on the backup drive, for later use, and to make sure there all up to date.
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20 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 7600 x64/x32
 
 

is this suppose to be news?... always grab ur drivers from the proper sites
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20 Oct 2009   #8

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

More of a "My 2 cents"
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20 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ulimate x 64 RTM
 
 

I've always wondered about this. I monitor the nvidia site all the time for new drivers but sometimes install what MSFT offers up through the update.

What about the difference in version numbers for the latest Nvidia drivers? The latest from the site is 191.00 and the latest from Microsoft is 8.16.11.9107

.07 difference??
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20 Oct 2009   #10

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

That's another downside, M$ renumbers the drivers differently to the manufacturer, hence giving you a massive headache, hence why i stick to manufacturer's site for the drivers.
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