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Old Aug 24, 2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Is it "okay" to let Windows Update install the drivers?

After a fresh install, is it a good idea to just let Windows Update install the drivers for the "remaining" stuff or is it better to manually download them and install them yourself?
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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Manually downloading and installing them is usually better, most of the time you get newer versions that way.
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 01:59 PM   #3
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I always download and install the latest myself. That way I know they are current.
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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Usually, it's better to install them manually. Sometimes, the WU drivers don't work properly. Even MS own Tech Support says not to use WU drivers.

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I've done it both ways and I've seen no difference, except with video drivers.
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I have a motto install drivers that have been WHQL certified, so in a nutshell yes I let Windows update install drivers. So far this motto works and provides a stable system.

With that said, video drivers tend to be the exemption for me as they tend to fix issues with games; though this doesn't' seem to be a big problem as it was in the past.
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I have in the past had issues with MS updating a realtek network card and after gave me issues that I ended rolling the driver back and all was well.

I also had issues with a sound card and created more snap crackle and pop that the vendor drivers did not.

MS drivers are pretty very generic to cover a gamut of common hardware but just because it identifies your piece of hardware as what it is does not mean it meets your vendor of said cards implementation of the hardware and can cause more harm then good.

I tend to stick to vendor drivers for my needs as they have never served me poorly over the years.

I've seen Dell and HP systems with an Intel gigabit NIC that needed Their respective drivers as the Intel reference would not work even though WIndows identified it and incessantly wanted to update it. They probably shaved a 10th of a penny per chip to customize it for their machines. This is not uncommon for pre built systems and has been better in recent years but things happen and while I appreciate MS trying to stay current I feel their driver updates are a waste of time as there are far too many configurations for them to keep up or validate.
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