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Windows 7: Should I install these generic driver updates?

14 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 
Should I install these generic driver updates?

Using Intel's driver updater, I got the following recommendations (see screen shot below). My problem is that I don't know whether or not i should chance downloading/installing generic versions.



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14 Dec 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In doubt, when it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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14 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

Nothing appears to be broken.
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14 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

So why do you need new drivers. They may be just a source of new trouble.
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14 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

It's not that I necessarily need new drivers, but how do i know when I do? I just ran the utility and it showed that there were newer dirivers, so I naively thought that "newer is better," sometimes.
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14 Dec 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You apparently are not a programmer. Whenever you add, delete or change code to a program/driver, there is a chance you introduce a new error that was not there before. Those programs are, of course, being tested. But since there is a gezillion permutations in the test matrix, a lot of cases are not being tested. And one of those cases they skipped may just exist on your system - if you are out of luck.

I was in programming for 35 years and I have yet to see error free code. That is why I take a very conservative approach to updates.
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15 Dec 2011   #7

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whs, I'm not a programmer and sounds like good advice to me.
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