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With the last two motherboards I've used, Windows would automatically detect and install drivers after a fresh install. I'd be able to start it up and immediately have internet access (without manually installing any LAN drivers, for example).

But with my latest board, everything needs to be installed from the disc that came with the board, since Windows doesn't detect anything.

What decides whether or not it automatically installs drivers? Is it just the hardware?
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If the hardware is too new, then obviously Windows won't have built in drivers to fall back on. This happens, for example, with all newer variants of the ubiquitous Realtek 8111 ethernet controllers.
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With the last two motherboards I've used, Windows would automatically detect and install drivers after a fresh install. I'd be able to start it up and immediately have internet access (without manually installing any LAN drivers, for example).

But with my latest board, everything needs to be installed from the disc that came with the board, since Windows doesn't detect anything.

What decides whether or not it automatically installs drivers? Is it just the hardware?
It's only because Windows 7 is too old to recognize this newer hardware. It's kinda like using Windows XP and then installing new hardware like this.
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If the hardware is too new, then obviously Windows won't have built in drivers to fall back on. This happens, for example, with all newer variants of the ubiquitous Realtek 8111 ethernet controllers.
Just to add. "Intel(R) 82578DM Gigabit" as well cannot be detected by a fresh install of Windows 7.

Basically new hardware coming out is sometime too new for Windows 7.
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