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Windows 7: Should I update my stock Dell Drivers to Intel Drivers.

27 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Should I update my stock Dell Drivers to Intel Drivers.

My Dell XPS L502x is 14 months old (i7, 8GB, 689GB HDD, HM77, Nvidia 540M GT). I have installed all latest drivers for my laptop from Dell website. But those are still more than 6 months old. When I use Intel Driver update utility, it shows new version of drivers available. Even my nvidia control panel shows new driver available.
Is it Okay to update drivers from intel and nvidia website and replace drivers from Dell. I heard that Dell mods the drivers for thier laptops before supplying to thier users.

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27 Feb 2014   #2

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S"hould you", that is up to you, but the Intel drivers are the best for your computer. If you decide to change your drivers, start with a system restore point.
If you are not having specific problems, you probably will not notice any improvement however.
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27 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64

It's just like updating Windows:
"If it ain't broke, we can fix that!"
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28 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64

You have to read the Intel descriptions because some are i7 generation specific as well as motherboard specific. Most will let you know that your system doesn't meet the minimum requirements but others won't and you could make your system unbootable. Keep your OEM drivers unless you have a problem because many will have INF installers for the Dell hardware.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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28 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

On an OEM system you should stick with the OEM drivers. OEMs often customize the hardware and it may not be fully compatible with the drivers from Intel. I have seen cases where Intel warns about this.
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