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Windows 7: Should I upgrade motherboard drivers after new graphic card?

28 Jun 2016   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate
Should I upgrade motherboard drivers after new graphic card?

My pc is running windows 7 - 64 bit ultimate. I upgraded the motherboard of my PC in 2011 with second generation i3 processor and 4GB RAM. It has integrated intel graphics already.
Today I installed new Kingston DDR3 – 4GB RAM. My pc has detected it and running fine.

I also installed ZOTAC NVIDIA GT 730 (2GB) DDR5 Graphics Card in its PCI slot.

My motherboard is ECS (model H61H2-M2)
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Here are the full specifications of my CPU

After installing the graphics card, I downloaded and installed the latest drivers from the official nvidia geforce website.

My PC has accepted the graphics card perfectly and I am experiencing a nice boost in the performance.

I have been running old drivers of my motherboard which were available in 2011 without any trouble. Should I download new drivers for chipset and other parts? Updated drivers of year 2013 are available on the ECS website. Moreover, updated intel integrated drivers are also available.

I tried updating the BIOS too of my motherboard, but I got the ROM files error.

I am planning to upgrade to windows 8.1. ECS guys are saying that they added special support for windows 8 in the new BIOS.

Should I upgrade my BIOS as well?

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28 Jun 2016   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit 17"Laptop

If all is working well - leave it alone. The BIOS does not need an update based on what you added.
DO NOT go to Windows 8 - in my experience you will be better off to stay with W-7. Remember that Windows 10 is the replacement for W-8/8.1. Just my 2 cents.
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28 Jun 2016   #3

windows 7 Home 64 bit

Agreed, if your computer is running fine then there is no need to update your drivers.
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28 Jun 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

If you are gonna install windows 8, then why bother ?

For the life of me, I don`t know why you would install Windows 8.1, it`s horrible and you will hate it

Windows 8 and 8.1 are not computer friendly operating systems, they are meant for tablets, it was the worst OS ever made for a home PC, and that includes Windows ME

There is nothing special you need in a bios to install Windows 8, it`s just an operating system.

There is no TRYING to update the BIOS, either you do it or it fails and you may ruin your motherboard and you`ll be buying a new one.

If you don`t know what you`re doing, leave it to someone who does.

If you want to update drivers, just go to the item you want to update in Device Manager and choose Update Driver.

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28 Jun 2016   #5
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)

A bit more ram would probably be more effective.
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30 Jun 2016   #6

Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
A bit more ram would probably be more effective.
Thanks everyone. I'll keep my bios where it is. :)
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30 Jun 2016   #7

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yep I'm on bios from 2009 it makes no real difference
Although win-8-8.1 and now 10 use Fast start which is hibernation on steroids your motherboard may not be compatible with that even on 2011 bios because that is before win-8 was released I believe so a bios flash wouldn't help that anyway.

Best to simply disable Hibernation using cmd as admin with powercfg -h off
Using the conventional menus win-8 or 10 might re-enable fast start after major updates
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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