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Windows 7: How do I determine what device drivers I have and update?

14 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How do I determine what device drivers I have and update?

Hello,
Having indiscriminately updated drivers to my AMD equipped Gigabyte motherboard, I induced enough errors to have to cause me to do a full clean install.
Now I let the install do all the drivers. I know the board came with a disk when I purchased it several years ago. I would like to upgrade to whatever USB, Ethernet and SATA updates and versions that it supports, now.
I do not wish to degrade, my now functioning system by blindly doing anything. Can someone advise me how to check the current states of these devices and how to upgrade safely and intelligently.
Thanks for any assistance!
glennc

BTW what is faster, old SATA transfer or old USB transfer?

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14 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Go to your motherboards website to see what updates they have.
http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downl...A-MA785GM-US2H
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14 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Go to your motherboards website to see what updates they have.
GIGABYTE - Support & Downloads - Downloads
Hello Dude,
Thanks for responding! I get confused here, it shows several revisions. The box that I have says:GA-MA785GM-US2H
AMD 785/SB710/rev.1.1

Does the rev.1.1 indicate that I should use the (rev.1.1) versions, or can I upgrade to higher versions. At this point I am extremely wary of things I don't understand!!!
Thanks again
glennc
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14 Oct 2013   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Yes, use the one that matches yours
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14 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Yes, use the one that matches yours
Again thanks!! What precautions should I take in case something goes south? Yesterday I did a full system image. And do these self install?
glennc
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14 Oct 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

The image is a good move. You can also create a system restore point before updating.
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14 Oct 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Will do, with great anxiety...... wish me luck!
glennc
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14 Oct 2013   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Good luck, post back with your results.
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14 Oct 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hey Dude,
Well nothing, outwardly appears to be destroyed {:-))! The network connects noticeably faster. Other than that, I don't know how to test for improvement, or if and when an nefarious problem will arise! Thanks again and my finger's are still crossed!
Cheers,
glennc
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14 Oct 2013   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Great news let us know to if an issue comes about
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