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Windows 7: Should I trust Intel's Driver Update utility or Windows Update?

28 Mar 2012   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Katanyavich View Post
Windows graphics drivers are invariably next to useless.
Are you aware that Windows Update brings down real manufacturer drivers? I have several computers with Nvidia, ATI, and Intel video adapters, and each one can get real, valid OEM drivers from Windows Update.


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28 Mar 2012   #12
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Katanyavich View Post
Windows graphics drivers are invariably next to useless.
Are you aware that Windows Update brings down real manufacturer drivers? I have several computers with Nvidia, ATI, and Intel video adapters, and each one can get real, valid OEM drivers from Windows Update.
Can't speak for anyone else but the video driver Win-Update tried to install on my PC was two versions (releases) OLD. I already had the latest update installed from the vendor (Intel) and WU would have installed an older version had I not optioned the driver updates the same as regular updates. (Let me decide.) I don't mind reviewing the updates myself or retrieving vendor updates. I used to check weekly when my board was new. Now, I check only once a month. It's just an SOP for me. I don't think MS has the resources to keep every vendor's drivers up to date. I'm pretty sure they just take what is supplied by a vendor on the vendor's schedule.
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28 Mar 2012   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Carwiz is right on this one.

After I installed NVIDIA's latest driver (296.10) Windows Updates offered me version 270.56 - I think it was anyway.

As a result I turned off automatic updates and just carry out a manual check each Wednesday.
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28 Mar 2012   #14
Katanyavich

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

In three years, Windows Update has NEVER offered a better driver for the Intel 4500MHD than I could get from Intel.

If installed, I always took a performance-hit.

It's always been SOP for me to use drivers from the actual manufacturer of the hardware.

And WinUpdate is always set so I can review updates before installing them.
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28 Mar 2012   #15
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I always go with the drivers from the manufacture. I don't trust windows to bring me the latest drivers for my video card or anything else. The one from the manufacture should be more knowledgeable about what drivers to use then windows in my opinion.
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