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Windows 7: Windows Update vs. drivers from manufacturers site

02 Dec 2009   #1

Ubuntu 9.10 + XP Professional dual-boot
Windows Update vs. drivers from manufacturers site

Hi! Which one is recommended for Windows 7: letting Windows Update install all drivers after fresh install or installing the drivers from the manufacturers site (mainboard, gpu etc.) ? In XP and Vista it seemed clearer to use the drivers from each manufacturers site, but after trying Windows 7 RC it seemed to find the drivers very well and the system was stable. Im installing Windows 7 for my relatives computer and all he needs is a stable system, not cutting-edge performance and features. All he needs is that its stable and basic things like hibernation work.

My relatives system specs: P5Q motherboard, Intel C2D E8500, Ati Radeon HD4850, 2 GB RAM

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02 Dec 2009   #2


Apart from the GPU drivers, it's usually fine to let Windows install them.
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02 Dec 2009   #3

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello jjhuopa,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

It is generally considered best to get the drivers directly from the manufacturers. I haven't had any problems with windows update drivers for Win 7. They might not be the latest, though.

Hope this helps.

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02 Dec 2009   #4

Ubuntu 9.10 + XP Professional dual-boot

Thanks for the replies!

I have a feeling that it is better to let Windows Update install them all in Windows 7, because the manufacturers drivers are not tested by Microsoft. Anyway it would make installing the OS a lot easier, I don't think it's that important to have the latest drivers unless there are big problems with the older ones.

And another question, have I understood correctly, that chipset drivers should be installed only after fresh install and are not recommended to be updated after that, unless it is a new fresh install?
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02 Dec 2009   #5


Unless you are having trouble, then no. They will be fine.

The ones that update with Windows are the latest versions anyway.
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02 Dec 2009   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

With Vista, I actually had my system trashed because I let Windows Update install a HDD controller driver that was claimed to be newer than the one I had (which was installed from the CD that came with the motherboard) but actually was older.

However ...

I've been running Win7 for several months now on several machines and have not had a similar problem.
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02 Dec 2009   #7


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Apart from the GPU drivers, it's usually fine to let Windows install them.
Yeah, GPU drivers from Windows Update usually work; but they aren't the best, as ATI and NVIDIA (two main GPU manufacturers) have their own control panels (ATI Catalyst Control Centre and NVIDIA Control Panel) which offer much more options.

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