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Windows 7: Updating Drivers

21 Oct 2009   #1
howied

 
 
Updating Drivers

I ran a scan that showed that I need to update 5 drivers 1 Realtek Hi Def,
4 nvidia drivers what is the easiest way to do it and should I just wait till the Windows 7 comes out in a couple days?


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21 Oct 2009   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

well, the easiest (in the short term, at least) way is to let windows update do it for you.

however, lots of people have reported problems with windows updating their drivers, so i always prefer to go straight to the manufacturers' websites, do a quick search for my particular product, and get drivers straight from the horse's mouth, as it were.
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21 Oct 2009   #3
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im anal about current drivers...Update them now... especially your video drivers..It will save you a lot of grief now, and in the future...
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21 Oct 2009   #4
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by howied View Post
I ran a scan that showed that I need to update 5 drivers 1 Realtek Hi Def,
4 nvidia drivers what is the easiest way to do it and should I just wait till the Windows 7 comes out in a couple days?
Depends on the Nvidia drivers in question ...

I let WU do that back in Vista, and one of the drivers was for my SATA controller on my motherboard -- and that totally trashed my drive!

Turns out the versioning was in error on the driver and what WU thought was a NEWER driver was, in fact, a much OLDER driver -- different enough that booting using the replaced driver caused filesystem corruption.

So now, while I let WU update stuff like networking drivers, I do NOT let it update SATA or IDE controller drivers until I do an image backup first.

The advice to get updates from the manufacturer's site is the best one.
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