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Windows 7: Does windows 7 automatically install drivers for you?

25 Jul 2010   #1
Bluehippo

windows 7
 
 
Does windows 7 automatically install drivers for you?

I heard that windows 7 automatically installs drivers. Does that mean I shouldn't put the hardware installation disc in?


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25 Jul 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bluehippo View Post
I heard that windows 7 automatically installs drivers. Does that mean I shouldn't put the hardware installation disc in?
It usually does, if it doesn't it's better to get them from the manufacturer's website.

What are you installing?
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26 Jul 2010   #3
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Yes it will but it doesn't mean to say they will be the most recent ones.

As derekimo says, depending on what you are installing will depend on how up to date the updates will be. If it's for graphics, sound etc etc, then you will be better off going direct to the source of the update, ie nvidia, realtek.
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26 Jul 2010   #4
AdrianK

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM x86 build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bluehippo View Post
I heard that windows 7 automatically installs drivers. Does that mean I shouldn't put the hardware installation disc in?
Yes, it usually auto-installs appropriate drivers for your computer, thus reduce the fuss to install drivers.

But some drivers may not be up-to-date. You may need to download the latest driver for your computer, depending on the condition.
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26 Jul 2010   #5
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hello AdrianK,
As a new Windows 7 installer I have several comments. I can not explain the reason, but it appeared as though W7 was attempting to access the net for drivers. I installed Zonealarm. Both my USB and SATA drive showed errors. Went to driver detail and all the options update, rollback and uninstall were grayed out and unavailabe. Only Details of driver could be used. I googled ZA problems Window 7 64bit and got hits that ZA blocked ports required by the OS to function. Removed ZA and the drive and the USB hub came up on reboot and connection with no errors.
Secondly, I have been sternly advised by a friend + Certified to never install factory drivers. Windows 7 has access to the driver's you need. Well I had problems with my video, checking W7 driver's, it was over a year old. Went to manufacturer's site and found one dated IIRC March, 2010. Updated with it and the problem disappeared. It ran with the driver W7 installed but now I don't recall I think I was getting Administrative Event Errors.
Good luck with your installs, seems to be varied opinions on this, some say Windows had everything you need and don't use Factory, others as above advise you to go Factory and get latest.
glennc
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26 Jul 2010   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
I have been sternly advised by a friend + Certified to never install factory drivers. Windows 7 has access to the driver's you need.
Sounds like your friend doesn't know what he is talking about as the rest of your posts shows,

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Well I had problems with my video, checking W7 driver's, it was over a year old. Went to manufacturer's site and found one dated IIRC March, 2010. Updated with it and the problem disappeared.
Despite all the improvements made in getting drivers through Windows Update, it still is not a good idea to install them for major components (chipset, video, etc) and always better to get them from the manufacturer.
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26 Jul 2010   #7
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

In answer to your question you have the option to let windows install the drivers or not see my graphic.

To get to this click on start, type in INSTALL DRIVERS and then open the Icon at the top see graphic.


As you can see I manually choose to install my drivers, that is your choice.


Steve


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26 Jul 2010   #8
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hello again steve-pressman,
Sounds like some good advice so far in my limited experience. So, Gentlemen I concur, thus my personal experience.
glennc
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26 Jul 2010   #9
Bluehippo

windows 7
 
 

Ok I'll get them from the manufacturer's website. Thanks.
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26 Jul 2010   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bluehippo View Post
Ok I'll get them from the manufacturer's website. Thanks.
Good Idea!
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