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Windows 7: Didn't have to install a single driver!

24 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Didn't have to install a single driver!

When I finished up my custom install of Windows 7 on Sunday I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I didn't have to install a single driver and all of my devices/peripherals worked just fine, including my wireless mouse/keyboard, laser printer, router, everything worked as it should from the get go! I did install and update the appropriate drivers/software for my devices but it was cool to know that hey were all recognized and functional without doing so. Easiest, most pain free installation of a windows os I've ever done!

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24 Aug 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

Ty for reporting. Most have had the same experience, as I did. The more people that report, the less apprehenison, by others, when they install.
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24 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


MS spent a fortune paying to build drivers for Windows 7 so that they would have them in the installer or quickly available via optional Windows Updates.

Their WHQL driver program paid manufacturers to build the drivers so that they wouldn't hold out to force consumers to buy newer hardware like happened with Vista.

There are a few exceptions, like a missing component on some NVidia chipsets showing in Device Manager as "unknown device" requires it's full install. But overall it isn't necessary to change any drivers given by the installer or optional Updates unless performance dictates.
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24 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

That's good to know. The driver repository included with Windows 7 is truly extensive, even more so than that included with Vista. As a result, more and more devices work after the installation of the OS without the need to install further drivers. In some cases, only basic operationality is provided. If you want full functionality of the device, you will still need to check the manufacturer's website for a more upto date driver package.
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24 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium

Yeah things like setpoint and samsungs dr. Printer did need to get installed for full feature access but that was to be expected, that my printer would print immediately after the os install wasn't. But man was that nice!
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24 Aug 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


All-in-one printers need the full software package to get the Scanner to come up on the desktop when run.

Otherwise you can rightclick Scan on the printer in Printers and Devices to use the built-in utility which is less full-featured but works fine.

Touchpad software adds a right-hand scroll feature which some find distracting, but it can be turned off by disabling in msconfig>Startup.
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25 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit

I think it depends on a lot of factors... like mine is on 64 bit and yep a few items (e.g. Canon Pixma MP780 -MFD) did not work with a vanilla install of Win 7. However, with a bit of forum assistance and troubleshooting momentum, I really am enjoying Windows 7 as it's nice'n'quick (apart from it's win explorer - still prefer XP style)...
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25 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Windows 7 Pro x64

I was surprised that even an old Epson CX3200 all-in-one printer had all the basic drivers installed on my x64 setup. Like gregrocker said I had to install the scanner uitlity to get more features but it's great that older hardware is supported too!!
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