Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Win7 clean install - is Chipset driver package needed?

16 Jan 2010   #1
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 
Win7 clean install - is Chipset driver package needed?

I have done a number of Win7 clean installs on desktops. So far I have found no need for installing the vendor specific chipset drivers. All devices have, so far, been recognized, and for the most part a basic driver has been installed with Win7. Secondary vendor specific drivers are sometimes needed for video cards, printers and audio devices, etc.

1) Is the baseline Win7 installation including the appropriate chipset driver, via an MS download, by default?

2) If all devices are working correctly, is there any need to locate and install the vendor specific chipset driver when available?

Since many of the systems I have upgraded using a clean install have been from XP 32 bit to Win7 64-bit on Dell systems, sometimes a chipset driver package is not even available (at least from Dell) that is Windows 7 64-bit specific.

I remember having to hunt down vendor specific MOBO chipset drivers to pacify XP but the problem seems to have minimized with Windows 7.

What has been your experience?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
16 Jan 2010   #2
Venths

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi,

* Just have a look in device manager. If you have any exclamation or question mark for unknown devices, you can just update the driver via online.

* Sometimes, you may get audio problems while using the microphone, However, you will be able to hear windows sounds, music and other audios. To make your microphone work, you will have to update the drivers.

* Otherwise, you can just go ahead and use drivers that were installed by Windows 7.

Hope this helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2010   #3
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

generally speaking not installing the chipset drivers isn't going to be a problem for the typical user whose main use of a pc is surfing the web and maybe working away in ms office. personally i install every driver that i feel i need. and for the the hardware pieces i don't use i just disable them in either the hardware profile or in the bios set up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

16 Jan 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

Installing the chipset in Win7 is oldthink from Vista and XP days.

MS sponosored the WHQL program to build Win7 drivers with all manufacturers so has the drivers first in the installer and via Windows Updates.

As stated you only need to hunt down drivers missing in Deivce Manager, or if performance problems dictate.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2010   #5
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Thanks to all!

I was hoping it was just my "old XP thinking" because the Win7 installs all went so well. I have only had a few audio driver updates needed. And of course some printers.

Even the laptops have gone well, though they require some added steps to get the keyboard function keys and other vendor specific functions working well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Win7 clean install - is Chipset driver package needed?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Clean Install of Win7 - Codec Installation Advice Needed
Good morning, I’m doing a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit tonight and I am looking for some advice on codecs to install to get optimum playback in Windows Media Player 12. Should I install a codec pack? should I install just the codecs I need? and what order should I install...
Music, Pictures & Video
Intel chipset 946 - Win7 driver [.inf]
Does it exist? (Win 7 32) Con someone post a link?
Drivers
Whats the latest Chipset Driver for the Asus P5K for WIN7 ?
Does anyone know which is the latest Chipset Driver for the Asus P5K Mainboard ? Yes, i checked on the ASUS Website, and though they don't even have a WIN7 driver for that, the one they have for example for Vista would be very old. And I am sure that there is a newer Driver from INTEL. But I...
Hardware & Devices
Kyocera Network Printer FAIL. supposedly Win7 Driver package
downloaded yesterday for an important installation where I was very afraid to use 64-bit Windows 7 in real production environment with non-technical users. older Kyocera model, fortunately has a fairly recent wad-respin tagged for x64 Windows 7 & Vista. Ran multiple tries as Administrator, user,...
Drivers
New BIOS driver Dell Win7 64-b, P55 chipset
OK, yesterday Dell finally released the new A06 BIOS driver, Win 7 64-bit P55 chipset family!! A major upgrade w fixes for, among others, the sync problems with iTunes 64-bit and iPhone and Windows 7, i7-processors and the P55 chipset. Ive just flashed the new BIOS onto my system and it works...
Drivers
P5ND2-SLI nforce 4 chipset driver/sm bus driver needed.
Hey guys.. I recently got win/ 32 and love it.. Only problem is that i cant update my SM bus driver. my mother board : P5ND2-SLI nforce 4 intel onboard. ive searched many places and found a previous thread about this. But the link to drivers my device manager wont regonixe.. plz help :)
Drivers


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:38.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App