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Windows 7: Is it safe to download drivers from Windows Update?


View Poll Results: Is it safe to get drivers from Microsoft Update?
Yes, it is. 38 79.17%
No, it is not. 10 20.83%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

10 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (x86)
 
 
Is it safe to download drivers from Windows Update?

I remember in Vista almost everyone said not to download drivers from Microsoft Update. But is it now safe in Windows 7? I think it is because I had downloaded a driver from HP and it caused problems. I downloaded a driver from the manufacturer website. It still caused problems. I tried it through Microsoft Update seeing as I had nothing else to lose and no problems. Is it just me or everyone else? I will add a poll to see results.

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11 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

For me, I got problems with them. I always consider that the best drivers are those downloaded directly from the manufacturer's website.

So, my answer is "No."
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11 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by isaaclopez View Post
I remember in Vista almost everyone said not to download drivers from Microsoft Update. But is it now safe in Windows 7? I think it is because I had downloaded a driver from HP and it caused problems. I downloaded a driver from the manufacturer website. It still caused problems. I tried it through Microsoft Update seeing as I had nothing else to lose and no problems. Is it just me or everyone else? I will add a poll to see results.
Like Lebon14, I also always prefer to download drivers from the original manufacturers website. Who better than the people who actually made the device?

But you shold also remember that all the drivers that are made available on Windows Update do originally come from the manufacturers, and that they have passed the WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) testing. I've downloaded drivers for both Vista and Windows 7 from Windows Update, and have not had problem, so I voted Yes.

Although downloading from the original manufacturer does have the advantage of only needing to download once, so that you can keep a copy of the download for re-install later without having to re-download.
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11 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

its the safest available for me...
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11 Dec 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

One of the biggest changes with Windows 7 is that MS funded the (WHQL) partnership with all manufacturers to build drivers for Windows 7.

So because they paid the bill, they have the drivers first in the installer, during install if you stay connected to the internet, and continuously as newer are made available via Windows Updates.

And because MS paid the bill, they were able to persuade manufacturers to not drag their feet producing drivers for compatible software so that customers are forced to buy new hardware as in Vista.

That's why I look forward to new drivers from Windows Update, which are probably more current than the manufacturer's website.

As always, if Updates are problematic, use the restore point which is set with each one to troubleshoot the exact Update which is causing the problem. And remember MS supports Updates via email on the Update website.
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11 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Windows update is the only place to get my GMA500 driver for Windows 7, and it is MUCH better than the Vista one.
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11 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

I've had no problem with drivers from MS update and encourage clients to accept all MS updates...
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11 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

It's safe, but if there are drivers available on the manufacturer's website, I personally recommend those, particularly for video drivers.
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03 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

I've been getting my drivers from Windows Update when they become available, I know when I was using Vista quite often they would not install but since Windows 7 there have been no problems, I have built in sound and vision.
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03 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I voted YES

i agree, best to get your drivers from the manufacturer themselves, however, the drivers you get from Update seem to work without issue.
Worst case scenario: the device will only have limited functionality untill you DL and install the most up-to-date from the manufacturer.
But it will work.
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