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Windows 7: Developer Drivers Vs Microsoft Built In Drivers?

13 Jul 2009   #1

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Developer Drivers Vs Microsoft Built In Drivers?

Whats the recommended installation procedure for installing drivers for specific hardware from a developers site or using the windows 7 default drivers?

For example when I install my windows 7 x64 Betas it found and installed the drivers for my chipset and everything fine. However browsing my Motherboard manufactures website I see they Drivers for chipset, audio, and other components I can download.

Would you recommend I stick with Microsoft drivers or use the drivers on the developers site?

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13 Jul 2009   #2


If there's no seven drivers from mfg, stick with MS's.

If there is seven drivers from mfg, stick with mfg's.

If there's no seven drivers from either MS or MFG throw vista/xp drivers.

That's what I'm doing so far.
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13 Jul 2009   #3

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What I thought however was concerned as some of these are like 1 month or 2 months old labeled BETA and I was thinking maybe the newest drivers are in the RTM or final builds we have been playing with.
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13 Jul 2009   #4


As you say some manufactures are quicker than others for upgrading drivers. I tend to stick with MS drivers inbuilt unless the manufactures drivers give extra functionality or maybe greater performance like in the case of sound and graphics drivers.
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