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Windows 7: What's everyone doing "driver" wise on new RTM install?

09 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional RTM (Build 7600)
What's everyone doing "driver" wise on new RTM install?


This weekend - I installed Windows 7 Pro RTM Final onto a basic "office" workstation and was stunned to see that ALL of my drivers were installed straight away as part of the OS install.

In the past - XP and Vista always pulled me down a path of having to install at least a half dozen specific driver for all hardware pieces - but with 7 - I was good to go.

So what's the thinking? Do I really need the latest Intel chipset software? Is the 185.xx nVidia driver installed by 7 any worse than running the latest bloated pointless installer from the nVidia site? How about DirectX - in the past - I would pull down the latest End User Runtime and install that before my video drivers. Can't even find a Direct X installer for 7 right now...

So - what's everyone else doing?

Appreciate any comments.



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09 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've let Windows do all the leg work this time...happy days. My only issue is getting my Atheros wireless network card to install, everything else was drivered up before it had it's first reboot!
About a week ago i got a XP-Pro lappy for the missus, what a pain that was for drivers. I had to manually install 8, then had issues with display and the intel chip set, which of course ate significantly into my evening!!
Windows 7 has been a pleasure so far, i'd let it do it's own thing until it does something you don't like or you want to adjust.
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10 Aug 2009   #3


I for one think Windows 7 normal install and driver set is working just fine.
I also allow the autoupdate to work.
"My Grandpa always said "If it works - don't fix it".
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10 Aug 2009   #4

Win 7 RTM 7600 Ultimate 64-bit

I love how Win 7 is much more savvy about drivers for installed devices especially printers.

However in my RTM installs I did the following:

RTM install did not add a driver for my Creative X-Fi sound card, so I installed the Creative driver for Win 7 64-bit.

I manually upgraded my NVIDIA driver to the 190.38 because I wanted to. Old habits die hard.
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10 Aug 2009   #5


One of the biggest plus points (for me) with Windows 7 is the extensive driver database. Since build 7068 i've not even needed to install my Wireless drivers for my laptop as I did with XP & Vista.

The only drivers I download & install for Windows 7 is the Intel 945 chipset, as I need full control over my GFX when outputting to my plasma TV.

Every other driver is standard, and when a new 1 is released I get it throught Windows Update anyway
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10 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Found windows 7 drivers for almost everything accept my Logitech G15 and G9 Keyboard and mouse, although the Vista drivers work fine on the G15 but the G9 setpoint drivers are not compatible and stop when Windows starts.

Everything else is up to date with Windows 7 drivers.
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10 Aug 2009   #7


Guess I'm the different one here, I prefer to manually install my drivers.
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10 Aug 2009   #8

Win 7 RTM 7600 Ultimate 64-bit

And one other driver issue I had... on my wife's desktop we use a Linksys RangePlus wireless card, which is Wireless-G speeds, but with extended range to get through house walls and whatnot.

Windows 7 detected and installed it as a Wireless-N card, and it worked, but I did an "Update Driver" function to use the correct driver.
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10 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I use pretty much whatever Windows comes with. If it works, why screw it my motto. Plus, this way if you do ever have a support issue with Microsoft...they cannot blame it on another driver that you installed and used.

The only exception to this for me is on a gaming machine...for these I often do get the latest video card driver from the manufacturer and use it. Seems like a few FPS is worth the time downloading and installing.
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10 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 Pro

I let windows do the initial install ran the updates which included a few drivers then after a reboot I installed the latest Intel Chipset drivers and Video driver from Nvidia.
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