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Windows 7: Is it safe to download drivers from Windows Update?

View Poll Results: Is it safe to get drivers from Microsoft Update?
Yes, it is. 38 79.17%
No, it is not. 10 20.83%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

03 Jan 2010   #11
Qdos

 

Yes. However solely because you can roll back when it goes wrong, and that does happen. Windows update palms me NIC drivers which render my network connection inoperable if I allow it to install drivers by itself - work still needs doing on the system...


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03 Jan 2010   #12
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

I would have to vote yes with most, i am unsure about chipset/graphics?
I have always been in the habit of downloading the installers from the manufacturer solely for the reason of having them on hand if i have to reinstall Windows
It makes the whole process faster & easier
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04 Jan 2010   #13
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

iv never had any problems, in fact the only problems iv ever had with Microsoft Update, was in Vista where it hink i downloaded a corrupt SP2 as it was causing my pc to freeze and crash all the time, (more than Vista likes to do anyway i mean) but a system restore fixed that....

i voted yes due to these reasons, but i do prefer to download from the manufacturors where possible, (except Belkin... who iv had to start getting my drivers from RAlink for the N adapter i bought... and i dont think they give out over MS update....)
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04 Jan 2010   #14
HJA

 

They are safe but the mfgr's drivers are always preferred by me.
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04 Jan 2010   #15
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

I've had no problems with drivers from Update so far. Voted yes.
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04 Jan 2010   #16
ccatlett1984

 

Only had one issue, on a dell optiplex 755, it grabbed an update for a system device and the optical drive disappeared. Rolled that driver back and its fine now though.
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05 Jan 2010   #17
Klaw117

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I voted yes because it is usually safe (nothing bad has ever happened to me, but I don't know about you guys), but I always prefer downloading them from the maufacturer's website.
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05 Jan 2010   #18
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Safe for me...Haven't had any probs with updating my drivers through MS.
Voted yes.
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05 Jan 2010   #19
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Yes. However solely because you can roll back when it goes wrong, and that does happen. Windows update palms me NIC drivers which render my network connection inoperable if I allow it to install drivers by itself - work still needs doing on the system...
When something doesn't need work done on it...that is when I get scared
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05 Jan 2010   #20
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I voted no, most time it works ok.
Windows updates have decided that their generic drivers for my Logitech Keyboard and Mouse are the best one's and won't let me install Logitech's, as a result I paid a fortune for a basic function mouse and keyboard.
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