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Windows 7: Optional Updates


31 May 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Optional Updates

I'm not familiar with doing driver updates. I have 3 optionals from Windows Update. I've read both pros & cons to using Windows Update for drivers but it's been awhile, so what's the current consensus now that I'm running Windows 7? Is it 'good to go' or is it best to go to the product sites?



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31 May 2012   #2

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Others may disagree but I believe the first place to check for updated drivers is at the computer manufacturer's website. (If it's a home built machine then check the individual manufacturer websites for motherboard, graphics card, etc.) I also think most people would say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

A few months ago Windows Updates said there was a new driver available for my Sony Vaio's Intel HD 3000 graphics. I went to the Intel site to verify. It was there so I installed it. Almost immediately I began getting blue screens. I went back to the older version and all was well. I emailed Intel and they said once they release a driver, each computer manufacturer or component manufacturer is free to optimize the driver for their particular needs. Sony hadn't optimized it and it wasn't compatible with my Vaio.

If you decide to install those drivers I'd recommend you make a restore point just in case something doesn't work. Better yet, a system image. Go to the Acer website to verify the version being offered as an optionl update is the latest and greatest for your computer. Same thing with nVidia.
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01 Jun 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Those drivers recommended by windows update are certified to work flawless, they might not be tuned for best performance, but since your chipset is a bit dated i see no harm in installing them.
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01 Jun 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I don't even know what chipset means.
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01 Jun 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grits View Post
what's the current consensus now that I'm running Windows 7?
I doubt if there is a consensus.

I generally don't update drivers unless I am having problems with some specific piece of hardware.

Driver updating is usually harmless, but I recently had a situation where an updated video driver (from Windows Updates) caused an error message when I tried to view jpegs in Windows Photo Viewer. The jpegs would not display at all. I reverted to the old driver and all was well.
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01 Jun 2012   #6

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I haven't had much luck with WU hardware update offerings. WU alerts me that there might be an update available and I do try what they offer. Oft times though I have to roll it back, and check either the PC mfr or the hardware mfr sites. I've also had issues when the PC mfr didn't update their offering and I went to the hardware site - but it's easy to roll it back. Eventually the PC mfr offers an update (could be months later).

So, generally I create my own problems when I wasn't having any - just to get the latest and "greatest" driver.

I agree with
ignatzatsonic: "I generally don't update drivers unless I am having problems with some specific piece of hardware."
and with
marsmimar: " I believe the first place to check for updated drivers is at the computer manufacturer's website"
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01 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grits View Post
I don't even know what chipset means.
A computer chipset consists of a set of integrated circuits or chips that are marketed as a single product.

Chipset - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Your computer will not function without them.
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