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Windows 7: is it ok to update Intel RST?


13 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit sp1
 
 
is it ok to update Intel RST?

I have a 2 year old Dell Vostro 3500 and am using the Intel RST version (9.6) from Dells website. I haven't been able to get a straight answer from Dell, but is it ok to download and use the latest RST version from Intels website? Would that cause any problems or is it just like any other software, in that it is good practice to keep it updated?


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13 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello bulmer,

Simple rule here when it comes to stuff like this (especially if it's been doing good so far)

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

You might be back here sooner than you expect with another thread to your name.
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13 Jul 2012   #3

 
 

It is okay to update - but as mentioned, if it aint broke...

The perceivable differences are bound to be negligible.
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13 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit sp1
 
 

Thanks for the advice. The reason I have for updating to the latest version is that I am now using a new SSD and there may be some performance advantages to be gained. If there were problems, after installing the latest version, wouldn't it just be a matter of uninstalling it and reinstalling the old version again, or is there the chance of real problems?
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13 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

If you are concerned about possible problems with updating Intel RST, I would recommend creating a system image before hand. That way if something does goes wrong, you can restore your computer to the way it was. Macrium Reflect is very popular here on the forum, but you can also use the built in option in Windows.
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13 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit sp1
 
 

Thanks LittleJay. I had better research this a bit further first though, as the latest RST download doesn't have my cpu even listed.
From what I understand the Windows 7 Backup and Restore is fine for restoring back to the same size/type ssd/hdd but for realignment to a different size or type ssd/hdd a programme like Macrium Reflect would be required ?
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14 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bulmer View Post
Thanks LittleJay. I had better research this a bit further first though, as the latest RST download doesn't have my cpu even listed.
From what I understand the Windows 7 Backup and Restore is fine for restoring back to the same size/type ssd/hdd but for realignment to a different size or type ssd/hdd a programme like Macrium Reflect would be required ?
Pretty much the case.
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14 Jul 2012   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bulmer View Post
If there were problems, after installing the latest version, wouldn't it just be a matter of uninstalling it and reinstalling the old version again, or is there the chance of real problems?
Pretty much. The chance of 'real' problems is very small.

Realistically, a good old 'restore point' would be adequate here.
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14 Jul 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bulmer View Post
Thanks LittleJay. I had better research this a bit further first though, as the latest RST download doesn't have my cpu even listed.
From what I understand the Windows 7 Backup and Restore is fine for restoring back to the same size/type ssd/hdd but for realignment to a different size or type ssd/hdd a programme like Macrium Reflect would be required ?
Windows backup restores the partitions it did backup to EXACTLY the same place. If other partitions are already there or it is restored on another disk.... it complete wipes the disk and restores. So not a big problem if destination disk is empty and larger. Resizing/moving partitions can be done later. For example with free Partition Wizard
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14 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bulmer View Post
Thanks LittleJay. I had better research this a bit further first though, as the latest RST download doesn't have my cpu even listed.
From what I understand the Windows 7 Backup and Restore is fine for restoring back to the same size/type ssd/hdd but for realignment to a different size or type ssd/hdd a programme like Macrium Reflect would be required ?
You can restore a Windows 7 Backup and Restore image to a smaller HDD if the system partition is smaller than than the new drive, and if the old drive does not contain any other partitions on it. I have done it before on my PC. That being said, some of the other software programs like Macrium, are more reliable for doing that sort of thing.
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