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Do you manually install chipset/NIC drivers?

post #1 of 13
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Since Windows 7 (and Vista) it hasn't been really needed to download these and install them yourself. You may have to if you have a old mobo, but for the later boards Windows 7 already has those drivers?

Just want to ask around if you do install these drivers manually.
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post #2 of 13
Nah I let windows seven install all the drivers,then just add the video card drivers.
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Thank you, good to know, just clarifying with myself/others
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post #4 of 13
Go and download the drivers manually. As windows updates are pretty much behind on chipset drivers. If it is a intel based chipset use this to get the latest drivers.
http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1959...inst_autol.exe
post #5 of 13
Always check and install the latest drivers.

Windows comes packaged with drivers.... but those are the submitted drivers at the time of build. An original W7 disk will have drivers only from 2009 and prior. However, Windows 7 does a decent job at informing you of newer drivers now.
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Originally Posted by KILLER_K View Post
Go and download the drivers manually. As windows updates are pretty much behind on chipset drivers. If it is a intel based chipset use this to get the latest drivers.
http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1959...inst_autol.exe
Cool. Is it just a utility which picks up your chipset and gets the latest drivers for it? On laptop so can't check
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post #7 of 13
Correct, if it is a intel based chipset it will check on their site and update them to the latest ones.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by KILLER_K View Post
Correct, if it is a intel based chipset it will check on their site and update them to the latest ones.
Is it just for chipsets or will it pick up the intel NIC on this board as well? Sorry for the questions ><
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post #9 of 13
Correct again, as long as it is a intel based chipset nic. Thanks
post #10 of 13
I do ALOT of clean installs of Win 7.

I download the latest drivers from the manufacturer website. If they are very outdated compared with the chipset supplier driver, I use the chipset supplier's driver (example intel's infinstaller).

1: Install Windows, have drivers prepared on a clean (virus scanned) USB drive
2: Install NIC driver if needed, behind a hardware firewall
3: All windows updates done (including SP1 now)
4: Mobo driver, then sound driver, then vid driver installed last
5: Antivirus installed
6: Programs, apps games installed

Always update windows before installing your drivers. If the NIC driver supplied by windows is working fine, I leave it alone.

NO WEB BROWSING until AV software is installed at step 5. Windows Update is the only browser page opened. I have a strong hardware firewall, but you're safe behind a proper router.
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